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Be Inspired

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”

Joseph Campbell

Are You Following Your Bliss?

I am a HUGE fan of Joseph Campbell, his writings, and in particular his inspiring call to action to ‘follow your bliss.’

This article talks about the benefits of ‘following your bliss’. And in the small video segment you can hear Mr Campbell speaking those famous words.

Check it out: Follow Your Bliss

Travel With a Difference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 5, 2013) – Joseph Campbell said it first: “follow your bliss.” Cruise lines are taking these words to heart and heeding recent studies that show giving to others can be as powerful a pleasure as loving relationships or an amazing meal. Itineraries are incorporating depth experiences that allow passengers to take shore days and teach at an orphanage in Cambodia, help save native plants in Hawaii or tend school playgrounds in Ghana.

New “voluntour” excursions offered by Crystal Cruises’ You Care, We Care program, for instance, allow for a variety of altruistic activities that passengers can choose during an 89-day, Los Angeles to London global journey departing January 18, 2014.

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Have You Found Your Calling Yet?

Love this article!  Perfect for those of us who have started to journey down the road less traveled.

Have You Found Your Calling Yet?

Recommended Books

Dhamma Everywhere by Sayadaw U TejaniyaDhamma Everywhere

A collection of Ashin Tejaniya’s teachings produced for yogis practicing at the Shwe Oo Min Center.  It is an excellent overview of the Sayadaw’s teachings, and a helpful guide to see if his teachings are for you.  It includes a wide range of material that is useful for both beginner yogi’s and those with more experience.  This book can be found on the Sayadaw’s website for free –

A Map of the Journey by Sayadaw U JotikaMap of the Journey

Sayadaw U Jotika is a very famous teacher in Myanmar.  His books are easy to read and full of examples of his own experience.

Quotation from the Sayadaw

I am trying to give in simple language, a very clear explanation of what insight means and what enlightenment means, so that you can understand it.  That is why I also give some Pali quotations, which are the Buddha’s words.  These are the criterion.  You can test it.

Myths to Live By  by Joseph Campbell (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

At his death in 1987, Joseph Campbell left a significant body of published work that explored his lifetime passion, the complex of universal myths and symbols that he called ‘Mankind’s one great story.”    This book is built from a series of some 25 talks on mythology delivered in New York City between 1958 and 1971.

EMOTIONS: Freedom from Anger, Jealousy and Fear   OSHO

I am going to copy the start of the introduction section of the book, as I think this is a very nice summary and includes a quote from OSHO.

The title of this little book might give readers the idea that they have found another ‘how to’ book.  Not at all – this book will provide you with a different dimension, where all the questions about ‘how’ are dissolved into a direct perception of your own, hidden reality.

Osho says

“We reduce everything into a how.  There is a great how-to-ism all over the world, and every person, particularly the modern contemporary mind, has become a how-to-er:  how to do this, how to do that, how to grow rich, how be successful, how to influence people and win friends, how to meditate, even how to love.  The day is not far off when some stupid guy is going to ask how to breathe. It is not a question of how at all.  Don’t reduce life into technology.  Life reduced into technology loses all flavour of joy.”

Next time you feel lonely  OSHO

“You cannot fight with darkness directly, with loneliness directly, with the fear of isolation directly.  The reason is that all these things do not exist; they are simply absences of something, just as darkness is an absence of light.”

The end of your world: Uncensored straight talk on the nature of enlightenment  by Adyashanti

One of the very few resources available for people who have had an initial experience of spiritual awakening and want to understand how the process continues and unfolds.  As mentioned by the editor “may this book be a helpful guide and further catalyst for this greatest of adventures.”

Professor Robert Thurman, The Vimalakirti Mahayana Sutra

Getting settled in before a two hour teaching session.

Getting settled in before a two hour teaching session.

Strangely, the first thing I thought of today while waiting for Professor Thurman’s talk to start was the importance of following your bliss.  This is a statement, made by Joseph Campbell, that I frequently recall and hope I have the good luck and courage to achieve myself.  Maybe it is because Professor Thurman is one of those rare few who has stepped outside of societal norms and followed his bliss and has been hugely successful by doing so.

A very brief summary of Professor Thurman:  He was born on August 3, 1941 and is an influential and prolific American Buddhist writer and academic who has written, edited or translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism.  He had an accident in 1961, and he decided to refocus his life.  He divorced his wife, and travelled in Turkey, Iran and India.  He became a Buddhist and was ordained in 1964, the first American Buddhist monk of the Tibetan tradition.  He studied with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, who became a close friend.  (More detail can be found on Wikipedia). Read more