Week 11.2 - The Bamboo Acrobat

Be a warrior and not a worry, the pandemic is being fed not by the corona virus but by fear

“Everything that has a beginning, has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”

Stress, Illness and the Immune System. ... According to Harvard Medical School, Cortisol in short burst are good for us, act as an anti-inflammatory and protect us. Over a longer period of time stress great reduces the immune system's ability to fight off antigens is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system (e.g. lowers the number of lymphocytes).

“If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your own path.”

Sedaka Sutta: The Bamboo Acrobat

translated from the Pali

[The Buddha addressed the monks:]

Once upon a time, monks, a bamboo acrobat, setting himself upon his bamboo pole, addressed his assistant Medakathalika: "Come you, my dear Medakathalika, and climbing up the bamboo pole, stand upon my shoulders." "Okay, master" the assistant Medakathalika replied to the bamboo acrobat; and climbing up the bamboo pole she stood on the master's shoulders. So then the bamboo acrobat said this to his assistant Medakathalika: "You look after me, my dear Medakathalika, and I'll look after you. Thus with us looking after one another, guarding one another, we'll show off our craft, receive some payment, and safely climb down the bamboo pole." This being said, the assistant Medakathalika said this to the bamboo acrobat: "That will not do at all, master! You look after yourself, master, and I will look after myself. Thus with each of us looking after ourselves, guarding ourselves, we'll show off our craft, receive some payment, and safely climb down from the bamboo pole. That's the right way to do it!"

[The Buddha said:]

Just like the assistant Medakathalika said to her master: "I will look after myself," so should you, monks, practice the establishment of mindfulness. You should (also) practice the establishment of mindfulness (by saying) "I will look after others." Looking after oneself, one looks after others. Looking after others, one looks after oneself. And how does one look after others by looking after oneself? By practicing (mindfulness), by developing (it), by doing (it) a lot. And how does one look after oneself by looking after others? By patience, by non-harming, by loving kindness, by caring (for others). (Thus) looking after oneself, one looks after others; and looking after others, one looks after oneself.

Sometimes you might feel like the world is shooting water at you with a water gun. Just protect that light inside you and keep it bright. Stay close to people who feel like sunshine. Real friends do not rejoice at your failures and defeats but hold your hand through the difficult moments of life and help pick you back up.

“Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe.”

“If you want to know the past, look at your present. If you want to know the future, look at your present.”

“Just as a lamp or candle cannot burn bright without fire, a person cannot be enlightened without passion.” – David Scott

“Change is never painful, only the resistance to change is painful.”

“You stand at the crossroads of the path of love and the path of fear. Which do you choose to follow?”

“Compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others.”

“Crying with the wise is better than laughing with the fool.”

“Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.”

“Everything that has a beginning, has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”

“True love is born from understanding.”

A man said to the Buddha, “I want Happiness.”

Buddha said, first remove “I”, that’s ego,

then remove “want”, that’s desire.

See now you are left with only Happiness.

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.”

“I am a finger pointing to the moon. Don’t look at me; look at the moon.”

“When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”

“If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.”

“The tongue like a sharp knife, kills without drawing blood.”

“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.”

“In order to gain anything you must lose everything.”

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.”

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

“Silence is an empty space. Space is the home of the awakened mind.”

“The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character.”

“There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”

“The way to happiness is: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, give much. Fill your life with love. Do to others as you would want done to you.”

A poor man asked the Buddha, “Why am I so poor?”

The Buddha said, “you do not learn to give.”

So the poor man said, “How can I, if I have nothing to give?”

Buddha said: “You have a few things,

The Face, which can give a smile;

Mouth: you can praise or comfort others;

The Heart: it can open up to others;

Eyes: who can look the other with the eyes of goodness;

Body: which can be used to help others.”