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Wisdom from Buddhist Teacher Atiśa

18 Jul

Atiśa was a Buddhist teacher in the 11th century. He has been a guide and source of great wisdom for many people since then and a number of buddhist traditions are inspired by his work.

I recently came upon the following Atiśa quote as translated and offered by Walter Taminang in his book Perspectives on Mankind’s Search for Meaning (2008). I wish to share it with you as it offers 13 pillars of wisdom that I find especially useful at times when I feel a bit lost and ambivalent about the ways of the world.

I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do ❤

atisa The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the world’s ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.

— Atiśa as quoted by Walter Taminang in his book Perspectives on Mankind’s Search for Meaning (2008).

May we all transcend our fearful human nature by allowing the wisdom of our very old teachers to transform us – for the sake of ourselves, our loved ones and all of our brothers and sisters on this earth. ❤

Back again :-)

21 Sep

Hi all!

It´s been a long time!

I´m finally back from a 1.5 month long holiday and now looking at a still heavy loaded work desk. I will grab that pen again the minute I get some time and not least visit all your blogs to read your latest work. Can´t wait!

I hope that you all have been well and I look forward to some fun writing with you all again 😀

Big hugs,
Grå Sky


23 Jul

Hello all creative spirits,

It is a heart felt pleasure to share and follow your work online, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate that you are following mine too.

I just wanted to let you know that I will be on holiday for 5 weeks and will not be by my computer. So if I don´t reply to you when you write, then it is not because I don´t appreciate you 🙂

I will be back in September, virtual pen in hand, and reading your inspiring work.

Take care,
Grå Sky