In these photographs, you will not see the common images of black Americans — downtrodden rural or urban citizens. Instead, you will see a people of great pride and fascinating beauty.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the 2014 BAFTA’s. Angelina is wearing a Saint Laurent tailor-made tuxedo and Brad is wearing a tuxedo by Valentino.
Feelings of suffering change into those of happiness. Feelings of happiness change into suffering. Both arise in dependence upon internal and external causes which change. For example, we see food as pleasurable, but if we eat too much, then it causes suffering. When we are young, we see our bodies as a source of pleasure. As we become older, the same body becomes a source of suffering. Just as a wave is always changing, so the nature of suffering is always to change. It may be experienced as pleasure or as suffering, but it arises from the same source. Pleasure arises from suffering. Seeing pleasure as happiness constitutes suffering. …Pain and pleasure are of the same nature. Although they look different at different times, they both arise from the same sea of delusion and karmic action. Pleasure or pain, one or the other, arises and then falls back into the ocean. Thus we can conclude that pleasure and pain within the ocean of samsara are basically suffering, and dissolve into suffering. This becomes evident in the wide variety of sudden changes of experience depicted in films. Love and hatred, happiness and family strife, peace and war, follow each other in rapid succession. The continuous change, although exaggerated in films, is characteristic of life in general.
Ven. Gen Lobsang Gyatso.
Photo by Anita Gilmore.
[…] particularly in Buddhism while we practice we must use the brain as well as the heart. On the ethical side, we must practice the quality of a good and warm heart; also, since Buddhism is very much involved in reasoning and logic—the wisdom side—intelligence is important. Thus, a combination of mind and heart is needed. Without knowledge, without fully utilized intelligence, you cannot reach the depths of the Buddhist doctrine; it is difficult to achieve concrete or fully qualified wisdom. There may be exceptions, but this is the general rule. It is necessary to have a combination of hearing, thinking, and meditating. The Kadampa teacher Dromton (‘brom ston pa, 1004-1064) said, “When I engage in hearing, I also make effort at thinking and meditating. When I engage in thinking, I also search out more hearing and engage in meditation. And when I meditate, I don’t give up hearing and don’t give up thinking.” He said, “I am a balanced Kadampa,” meaning that he maintained a balance of hearing, thinking, and meditating.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Photo by Ursula.
Maybe what we hate most in others at one point is what we have buried deep within ourselves
Longest month of my entire life..grandma I miss you the most
— Thich Nhat Hanh
'To do our best' means that at all times in our everyday life we should probe our minds so that we don't feel guilty about our mistakes, even though others don't know about them. If we do that, we are truly doing our best.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Photo by Giles Wilson.