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Buddha Journal

Buddha Journal

The word “Buddha” means “Awakened One,” someone who has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and sees beyond the veils of illusion into the endless eternal reality. There are many beings who have become Buddhas in the past, and others will become Buddhas in the future.

Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama Shakyamuni, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. Gautama taught a Middle Way out of the toils and hardship of life between sensual indulgence and the severe renunciation practiced in asceticism. After reaching illumination, he gave his first teaching on The Wheel of Dharma – and within these teachings were enclosed “The Four Noble Truths.” 1.) Suffering exists. 2.) Suffering has an origin (Desire). 3.) Suffering has an end. 4.) There is a path out of suffering.

His teachings can be summarized in the notion that without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. If we first establish peace within our minds by training in meditation, prayer and devotion outer peace will come naturally, but if we do not, world peace will never be achieved, no matter how many people campaign for it. Inner Peace is both the practice and the goal at the same time.

About the journal:

Made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper, the ecosystem hardcover journal is a great place to record your inspirations, observations, dreams, doodles and revelations. The books are made of beautiful, smooth, bright-white, eco-friendly paper and include special touches like a back pocket, perforated pages, organic cotton bookmark, and an elastic closure. Plus, an ecosystem journal is 100% made in the USA. 192 ruled pages, Dimensions: 5.25” x 8.25″

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Buddha Ampersand

Buddha Ampersand

As an artist on a Spiritual path I’m always seeing hieroglyphs hidden in everyday life. Inspiration struck as I was trying to find a good font for an ampersand and I noticed one type face looked like a bowing monk holding his or her offering bowl. The upright bowl in the Buddhist tradition, represents an ever open mind. Ready to receive and ready to give. The ampersand represents the bridge between two worlds. Giving & Receiving. Yes & No. Masculine & Feminine. Light & Dark. And the Buddha represents our humble task to gratefully bow to the world of apparent opposites and the diverse gifts life offers us.

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