true to who we are…

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My compassion is not me being a nice guy. My compassion is me realizing who I am and knowing that having a heart of love for all creatures, all beings, even a blade of grass, is true to who and what I am.

Norman Fischer, “We Are Our Relationships”
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#BodhiDay2022

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“Lotus”

remember

don’t despair, do grow

here is your life blossoming

called forth from the mud

remember

remember.

~j

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#BodhiDay #Buddha #Buddhist #WakeUp #Lotus #NoMudNoLotus #Blossoming #Life #OpenHeart #path #practice #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #poetry

bring it to the path…

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it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. 

we forget that we have incredible power available to us. we have our open heart, a clear and steady mind, our practice. we can meet our life with these. 

as a Tibetan phrase states, “Whatever happens, whatever arises, bring it to the path.”

~j

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#OpenHeart #SteadyMind #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga #DipaMaQuotes #TibetanPhrases

waking up, a path of love…

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain. 

~ Jessamyn West

part of what i’ve found so moving about the Buddhist path, is the emphasis on love which is manifest in non-harming, in reducing and ending suffering. we see an emphasis on ethics in the Precepts and an emphasis on cultivating the heart along with the mind, a union from which wisdom can arise.

~j

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#WakeUp #Love #Heart #Mind #Wisdom #Ethics #Path #Practice #Buddhism #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #Art

#SmallBusinessSaturday

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it’s #SmallBusinessSaturday! 🎉

Redbubble where i have a bunch of my artwork available on prints and products such as stickers, cards, journals, shirts, hats, pillow cases, and more, is having a SALE ranging from 20-60% off – check it out if you want! 🤩

JMWart Redbubble Store LINK here:

JMWart.redbubble.com 💫

*only a sample of products pictured

wishing everyone a happy Saturday!

~j

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#Redbubble #art #ensos #calligraphy #painting #illustration #drawing #DigitalArt #ContemplativeArt #BuddhistArt #SpiritualArt #meditation #contemplation #spirituality #path #practice #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #art

an open heart is a grateful heart…

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an open heart is a grateful heart.

this is both descriptive and prescriptive. 

a characteristic of open heart is that it is naturally quite free and grateful. 

however, sometimes due to life experiences and situations, we may not feel all that open and free, we may not feel very grateful at all. we suffer.

an antidote to this suffering can be to practice opening our heart by practicing being grateful.

gratitude may or may not be something we automatically feel – and that’s okay! (spoiler alert, i’ve been struggling with it today for various reasons) BUT it is something we can practice.

gratitude is a practice.

grateful for all of you and wishes for a beautiful day!

~j

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#Gratitude #OpenHeart #GratefulHeart #Path #Practice #EngagedBuddhist #JinpaLhaga #JMWart #Zen #Enso #Calligraphy #BuddhistArt #ZenArt #DigitalArt #art

in darkness, return to practice…

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such an insightful lyric.

it feels particularly applicable to this time with the cacophony of lies, hateful rhetoric, aggression and violent acts, all toxically elevated on social media. like a hungry ghost, unable to be satiated.

amid such noise how can we hear light’s call?

we can return to our practice. we can allow for stopping. we can allow for dropping the story and simply return to this present moment, return to our breath, the sensation of it, the ebb and flow of it within the body. we quiet down as we slow down and breathe. 

in such space it is much easier to be aware of all the life and light around us, which is always speaking. 

~j

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#Darkness #Light #Life #OpenHeart #SteadyMind #path #practice #meditation #contemplation #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga #IndigoGirlsQuotes

tenderness…

for all

 the talk of love and its power, it may very well be this vulnerable, raw, warmth in the heart, subtle, intimate and connective, that we call tenderness, that changes the world. person to person. conversation by conversation. one interaction at a time.

what is more powerful than that?

may it be so.

~j

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#tenderness #warmth #authenticity #rawness #warmth #OpenHeart #love #intimacy #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga #OlgaTokarczukQuotes

we will live, we will love, we will shine our light…

holding the victims and their families/friends of the Club Q shooting in my heart and practice with love.

to my LGBTQIA family – with gratitude for you, remember we are luminous expressions of life and love just as any other person is. we will continue to live and love, shining our light, teaching and expanding the capacity of the world to love.

to our allies – with gratitude for you, we need your solidarity, your voice, your love.

to others – i urge you to reject those who embrace bigoted, divisive, aggressive rhetoric targeting the queer community, expecially our trans brothers and sisters, whether in your church, your political party, or community. we are your neighbor.

a reminder – we do not have to fully understand another person’s lived experience in order to practice empathy, kindness, and compassion. embody love. rise above ignorance, fear and hate.

~j

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#ClubQShooting #EndHate #EndBigotry #EndGunViolence #EndViolence #LGBTQIA #Queer #OpenHeart #Life #Love #Empathy #Kindness #Compassion #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #PrideBuddha #PrideArt #LGBTQIAart #QueerArt #BuddhistArt #art #JinpaLhaga #JMWart

the work of love…

love isn’t some timid, saccharine thing. it’s the force of life itself. to be light, to be healing, to be generosity, to be nonaggression, to be kindness and compassion, is to be love and do the work of love in this life.

~j
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#OpenHeart #love #life #bodhisattvas #path #practice

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