May 2015 Newsletter

New Dharma Ring and Close Encounters with Turtles

I want to dedicate this newsletter to a new design called the Dharma Ring. The basic prototype was completed last week. When I’ve finished I’ve posted it on Facebook. Few minutes later I discovered that it was Buddha’s birthday… So I’ve actually made this model that symbolizes the way out of the endless cycle of life and death and suffering - the Samsara, on the birthday of the one who gave us the key to get out of this endless maze...

The Dharma Ring
Dharma Ring Silver and Gold

On top of the ring there is the Dharma Wheel Symbol. The circle, the round shape of the wheel, represents the perfection of the Dharma, the Buddha's teaching. The rim of the wheel represents meditative concentration and mindfulness, which hold practice together.
The hub represents moral discipline. The three swirls seen on the hub are said to represent the Three Treasures or Three Jewels -- Buddha, Dharma, and sangha. They also represent joy. The spokes represent the Eightfold Path.

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The Lotus Flower on both sides of the ring is a powerful symbol in Buddhism. It grows in muddy water and it is rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. It resembles the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness. The Lotus Flower represents one symbol of fortune in Buddhism.

A white Lotus Flower which will be symbolized in a silver ring refers to purity of the mind and the spirit. In the gold version of the ring the gold Lotus Flower represents all achievement of all enlightenment, especially in the Buddha.
Dharma Ring Silver

The stage of growth of the Lotus Flower represents different stages of enlightenment. A closed Lotus Flower represents the time before a Buddhist follower found Buddha or enlightenment. A Lotus Flower fully bloomed and open represents full enlightenment and self-awareness.

The mud has an important part in the meaning of the Lotus Flower in Buddhism. All humans are born in a world where there is suffering. This suffering is a vital part of the human experience; it makes us stronger and teaches us to resist the temptation of evil. When we banish evil thoughts from our mind we are able to break free of the muddy water and become one with the Buddha. The mud shows us who we are and teaches us to choose the right path over the easy one.

Dharma Ring Gold

Finally, the Lotus Flower represents rebirth, both in a figurative and a literal sense. The rebirth can be a change of ideas, an acceptance of Buddha where there once was none, the dawn after one’s darkest day, a renaissance of beliefs or the ability to see past wrongs. In a literal sense, the meaning of the Lotus Flower in Buddhism represents rebirth as a reincarnation, such as in the Buddhist religion, when a soul leaves this world in its present form to be reborn in another.

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Close Encounters with... Turltles

Since I was a child I used to have close encounters with turtles. I was actually fascinated by all of the living beings in the animal kingdom, and I can still remember the frightened pale white face of my neighbour as he was looking at this five year old kid hugging his rottweiler while the huge canine was licking my face.

I wasn’t aware of fear, and everything was full of compassion and love. I used to find turtles, old ones and young ones. Sometimes, I found them walking slowly astray on the pavements of the urban jungle because of the dwindling wild spaces of the city. Several times, I  took them to my house, gave them some fruits and vegetables and then release them in one of the few surviving wild areas near my home.

My dear turtle friend

A few weeks ago as I was driving my car, I saw this brown spot crossing the road slowly in front of my car. I hit the brakes, got out of the car and noticed that the turtle came out of a huge parking lot. It was a hot day, and there were no trees or any noticeable flora, so I took this ancient hitchhiker and found a large forest area and released it.

The Buddha used a sea turtle to illustrate the precious rarity of opportunity afforded by our human birth. The turtle appears in Buddhist scripture called in Pali, the Chiggala Sutta It is a metaphor known in English as The Hole:

"Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally covered with water, and a man were to toss a yoke with a single hole there. A wind from the east would push it west, a wind from the west would push it east. A wind from the north would push it south, a wind from the south would push it north. And suppose a blind sea-turtle were there. It would come to the surface once every one hundred years. Now what do you think: would that blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole?"

"It would be a sheer coincidence, lord, that the blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, would stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole."

"It's likewise a sheer coincidence that one obtains the human state. It's likewise a sheer coincidence that a Tathagata, worthy & rightly self-awakened, arises in the world. It's likewise a sheer coincidence that a doctrine & discipline expounded by a Tathagata appears in the world. Now, this human state has been obtained. A Tathagata, worthy & rightly self-awakened, has arisen in the world. A doctrine & discipline expounded by a Tathagata appears in the world."

"Therefore your duty is the contemplation, 'This is stress... This is the origination of stress... This is the cessation of stress.' Your duty is the contemplation, 'This is the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress.'"

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Thank you for reading
May All Beings Be Happy
David and Ka-Gold Team

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