A tweet today for enlightenment!

28 September 2010 - 11:28pm Comments Off

Being a modern Spiritual Guide, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche uses various skilful means to spread Dharma to all those who are interested in personal and spiritual development. These skilful means include using the internet to reach out to an unlimited number of people everywhere. By blogging and using social media like Facebook and Twitter, Rinpoche makes Dharma accessible to anyone.

Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service, which enables its users to send and read other users’ messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user’s profile page. By its very nature, the teachings have to be short and to the point.

Manjushri Class has featured Rinpoche’s tweets before and scheduled another class on more tweets due to popular demand.

Susan Lim, who was the facilitator of this session, selected a number of tweets from Kechara Media & Publications‘ next publication, 108 Ways to Grab My Apples. This is a compilation of 108 tweets by Rinpoche. Different attendees of the class then gave their opinion of what each tweet meant to them or how they interpreted the meaning behind the simple words.

For example, “Hiding behind appearances is like a movie. When the show is over, everyone leaves and you are alone again.” Interpretations included that we may not be as good as we project ourselves to be. Some people may not be as rich or not as confident as they project themselves to be. Everyone tries to conform to social appearances and we are anxious to project ourselves a certain way because we continue to live by the eight worldly concerns.

Another quote which elicited a great response was “Selfless mind and self cherishing mind can’t fit into one body. One’s gotta go.” With this quote, you learn to put others before you. Selflessness and selfishness are total opposites, so we have to make the decision which one we will choose to embrace. In Buddhism, within the many practices of compassion and kindness, it has been proven that when you do this, you will be happy because selfless and self cherishing are total opposites.

The animated discussion of the quotes showed that Rinpoche’s words of wisdom are always topical and relevant to all – do get a copy of the beautifully illustrated book 108 Ways to Grab My Apples which is released this week. The book retails at RM40.80 and will be available at Kechara Paradise outlets as well as major bookstores.

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