Numerology/Astrology for 9/29/18
9/29/18 is the number 4. The number 4 is about the inner Buddha nature that is the seed of potential within all of us. And while it needs to be cultivated to be fully realized and expressed in the world, it is always a part of on living beings on this world. At this time in society, learning to consciously focus on bringing more of our own Buddha nature into being is an essential and powerful tool. If you do not know who you are deep down in that place where your life essence is sparked, you do not know really who you are or what your life is for or about. Take some time today to let the dark clouds of fear in your mind clear for a moment through meditation or spending time in nature and reconnect to that bring light within your own core. Then shine that out into the world and remind others of who they have hidden away within their own mind.
In teachings by Khenop Tsultrim Tenzin, the teacher explained it this way: “Impurities and defilements are the fruition of mistaken view… When defilements are removed (it is like) when the sun is freed from the clouds, then all the sun quality is there.”
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche defined Buddha Nature as: “… our fundamental nature of mind is a luminous expanse of awareness that is beyond all conceptual fabrication and completely free from the movement of thoughts. It is the union of emptiness and clarity, of space and radiant awareness that is endowed with supreme and immeasurable qualities.”
“Buddha nature is all-encompassing … This Buddha nature is present just as the shining sun is present in the sky.” — Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
The sun may be hidden by clouds, but it is always there. Our Buddha Nature, likewise, maybe obscured by our attachments and defilements, but it is always there. It’s not something we have (like a soul) but something we are.
Stability continues to be a priority while the Moon is in Taurus this morning but it will shift about 9:30 am into the curious sign of Gemini.
The Moon, Mars, and the Sun trine giving confidence and momentum to the things that are important to you.
Be careful of going too far in your words and actions as the Sun semi-square Jupiter makes the discontent stronger and more pointed. While you might feel elated, you will also be operating from a less than stable energetic structure. Seek the truth. Stay within the reality. Growing is hard and the restrictions are often necessary to keep things in check, even when you wish they were not there. Be gentle with yourself and others.
Life requires you to live by the values and energy that compliments and harmonizes with the powerful forces that rule this world. Regardless of what you think, the mind of men, do not rule the laws of this reality. There are great spiritual teachings that all agree on certain principals of conduct. Those are the universal laws of this world and those laws are about learning to value and accept all things in this world as having value. All things are to be protected and cherished. Those that hold hate are those that contribute to the destruction of this world.
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The Dalai Lama: “On Buddha Nature”
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9 March 2010
On Buddha Nature
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
From Buddha’s viewpoint, a human being has—through training, through practice—has what we call the highest enlightened mental state. So through practice, a human being, through a sort of purification one’s own mental state, can eventually, finally, become an enlightened one. Even Buddha himself, in order to get final enlightenment, needed hard work.
In his previous lives, Buddha is like some others [in the] Indian tradition; sometimes as a human being, sometimes as an animal, but then gradually, his practice becomes higher and higher, deeper, deeper. And then, at last, his birth as a human being as the son in one small kingdom. At that stage, he is enlightened.
Every sentient being—even insects—have Buddha nature. The seed of Buddha means consciousness, the cognitive power—the seed of enlightenment. That’s from Buddha’s viewpoint. All these destructive things can be removed from the mind, so therefore there’s no reason to believe some sentient being cannot become Buddha. So every sentient being has that seed.
Buddha in the public eye is still a human being. He acted like a human being. So sometimes he also failed to influence some people. Then sometimes he wants to express his sort of sadness like that or disappointment. One time, one king takes some action to kill many of the Shakya clan. Buddha belongs to that clan, that tribe. So that day, Buddha, under one dry tree, remained sad, and he sees his kind as the same as hundreds of other tribes killed. So he shared their sort of sadness.
He failed to perform a miracle. So Buddha says, “these things are due to individuals’ karma.” Buddha cannot change their karma like that. So Buddha can teach them how to change their own karma—show their path. So unless they themselves practice—change emotion, change action—then Buddha cannot do much. Sometimes Tibetans say, “oh, the Buddha failed to protect us,” but actually according to Buddhism, it’s very clear; unless we carry some certain discipline and create a positive karma, [then] the consequences [we] have to face, have to take.
In order to develop unbiased infinite love, you first need the practice of detach[ment]. But “detach” does not mean to give up desire. Desire must be there. Without desire, how can we live our life? Without desire, how can we achieve Buddhahood? Strong desire to become Buddha; but desire to be harmful, that’s bad—but desire to self right that also the concept of ego, I, self, itself is nature, and in fact in order to develop self confidence and willpower, we need a sense of strong self. It’s very necessary in order to tackle all these biological factors of hatred, or anger, these things [for which] you need tremendous sort of will power. So the self-confidence is very, very important, but the ego which disregards other’s right—that is bad. In other words, I think egotistic attitude based on ignorance is negative. Egotistic sort of feeling based on reasons is positive.
Then, whether Buddha’s physical [body] is there or not, Buddha’s spirit is always there. Now for example, my own case. I’m a small practitioner of Buddhism, so historical Buddha now [gone] for more than 2600 years, but to me and many other practitioners Buddha is still very much alive. Maybe [we’re] wrong. Maybe superstition, I don’t know, but of course you see although I have no such experience. Some of my friends, you see, actually have seen Buddha and receive some teaching from Buddha. So Buddha’s spirit must be there.
Buddha also stated “you are your own master.” Future, everything depends on your own shoulder. Buddha’s responsibility is just to show the path, that’s all.
These are excepts from an interview conducted by David Grubin for The Buddha.