Posts Tagged ‘ Buddha ’

THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN

Broader than space, and deeper and clearer than the ocean, the round sun in our hearts rises high to shed its light on the universe. The noble world spreads out before us: a castle of glittering gold appears, and the earth is covered with white jade. Mystically beautiful flowers bloom, and the precious birds and beasts dance in joy.

All worlds are adorned with peace and freedom. There is no suffering, and these worlds are filled with happiness. Paradise and heaven lose their sparkle, and the Buddha is left speechless by such a sight.

Both including and transcending time and space, everyone is eternal and everything is infinite and equal. Yet it is difficult to describe this mysterious world: steep cliffs flee as a red column of fire shoots up from blue waves, and the wooden roadside totems sing joyfully. What a marvelous sight! Such terms as “saints” and “devils” are insignificant in this world: Confucius and Tao-ch’il clasp hands as they bless the age of peace and prosperity.

These are not wild fantasies, but the true reality of the oneness of everything. To those of you who close your eyes only to bemoan the fact that it’s dark, please listen:

The door to the Great Light is always open. In this world overflowing with peace, there are no dualities, there are no conflicts. So let’s raise our eyes, look at this world, and praise it all together!

 

(New Year’s Message, January 1, 1985)

Ven.Tong Songchol (1912~1993), also SeongCheol, one of the great Zen masters in the last century.

Leh (Ladakh) – Snapshot from my Travels # Part 6

Leh (Ladakh) is one of the most spectacular places one can visit, the place with its wonderful scenic beauty and beautiful monasteries, at an altitude of 3524 metres. If you are adventure lover and love to travel in the hills then it cannot get better anywhere other than this place on earth. It’s a cold desert, you will see less of green, but this is atoned by the beautiful valleys, mountains, different landscape and the hue, color of the place changes with the weather and time of the day; from Kashmir to Leh you get to see all different colors of nature and it’s just beyond expressing in words.

Here’s some more snapshots from my recent travels, images captured in Leh (Ladakh):

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Leh – One of the most amazingly beautiful place I’ve seen, the Leh district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir

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Leh – The view from the top – 1

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Leh – The view from the top – 2

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The Shanti Stupa – It’s a Buddhist monument, situated on a hilltop and gives a spectacular view of the city, visit this at evening to have a look at the most beautiful sunset you’d have ever seen.

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Leh Palace – It is a former royal palace overlooking the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh, the palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century.

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The view of Leh Town from the Leh Palace

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Meditation Hall and The Buddha Temple near Shanti Stupa

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