Friday, 23 July 2010

Practicing Contentment


Yesterday I travelled to the Lakes District to see my mam at Manjushri after a ceremony in which she was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist Nun. She has now been given the new name 'Kelsang Minche' which means 'Fortunate one who ripens Buddha Nature'.

I travelled to Manjushri with my daughter, meeting my sister on route and finally meeting with two uncles and two aunts that I have not seen for a very long time. It was a beautiful and happy family reunion. We all wish my mam much happiness and contentment on her new journey as a nun.

To honour the occasion we have bought some Bodhi seeds for my mam and the Buddhist centre in which she lives. According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha is said to have sat under the Bodhi Tree the night he attained enlightenment.

I now leave you with the beautiful 'Tara' prayer that I am used to hearing my little girl singing to my mam.




26 comments:

Valerianna said...

That's momentous! Congratulations... or, whatever one says to the daughter of a newly ordained Tibetan nun!
Inspiring....

Martine said...

Oh Jasmine this must have been a very happy day for the whole family. Thanks for sharing and that Tara song made me feel very peaceful.
XXXm

faerwillow said...

~be still my heart...one can only imagine the feelings swirling around...congrats you and your mother...may HER new journey be filled with an abundance of blessings to give and recieve...WOW! warm wishes and brightest blessings~

Whimsey Creations said...

I know you were looking forward to this and I'm so glad it was a happy day for everyone. Blessing to your mam and to you.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What a momentous event! Many congratulations to your mam on her new and exciting journey. Theresa

Elizabeth Rimmer said...

What a lovely thing to happen in your family. Thanks for sharing, Jasmine

Fiona said...

My gosh. I must do some research on this. It all sounds wonderful and a very calm oasis in our rushed world.

Tammie said...

I feel so happy for you mam. She must have invested her heart and spirit in this path. So lovely, as is this post, such an amazing tree and I enjoyed filling my wee cabin with this song.

Healing Woman said...

What a beautiful post! I love the 'Tara' prayer and the picture of the Bodhi tree is spectacular. You may remember how much I love and respect the trees.

I bookmarked the Buddist center. It looks like a place I would love to visit. Congratulations to your mother..and thank you for sharing this outstanding time in all of your lives!

liZZie said...

That is beautiful news. I wish your mum fulfillment and feel warmed that she has joined others in contributing to a better world. I love that music so much, I shall try to find out how to acquire a copy. Blessings to you.

Chantel said...

Lovely...and so envious of attaining the quiet required to find peace. *sigh* The world is so noisy.

The music was sensational...thank you.

BluMoon said...

How wonderful for your mam, she has followed her heart, not all of us have the courage to do that. Does she live at the centre now or teach or is she secluded. I know almost nothing about the rules.
Jackie

Everyday Goddess said...

Such an accomplishment! I love the Tara prayer, and it must be so lovely to hear your little girl singing it to your mam.

I gave you one of my weekly awards which you can collect anytime if you like.

Manon Doyle said...

Wow!! Congrats to your mam and to you!! I felt so happy just reading this post. Following ones heart is the best gift.

Irish Gumbo said...

All so lovely, many blessings to you and her...the sight of those flags in the wind, and the mountains, brought tears to my eyes, I don't know why.

It just seemed so peaceful.

Jasmine said...

Valerianna - Thank you. It IS momentous. My mum looked so natural in her robes.

Martine - It was a very happy day. The Tara song is so special xxx

Faewillow - So many feelings swirling around. All of them happy and proud x

Whimsey - Thank you, and thank you for the dyepot advice too x

Theresa - Thank you. It is an exciting new journey isn't it!

Elizabeth - It is lovely. The happiest I have seen my mam in a long time.

Fiona - Thank you. Calm oasis's are always welcome and needed in this world x

Tammie - I feel very happy for my mam too. I think she has finally found a place that feels home and where she belongs. She looked so happy xJ

Cheryl - Thank you. I love the song too. We share that love of trees :)

Lizzie - Thank you. Any commitment to peace and love is changing the world for the better. Blessings to you :)

Thank you Chantel. Pleased to meet you here :)

Jackie - My mam used to live at Manjushri for a short while but has lived in the Tara Centre for almost 2 years now. She assists in classes but does not teach yet. I think she may begin moving in that direction. Right now, she works and has duties at the Centre. The centre is very commune like, each resident and visitor take on jobs to keep the place running. She can often be found working at the peace cafe on her days off
x

Everyday Goddess - Thank you. I will pass this award onto my mum. She deserves it most :)

Manon - Thank you. I feel very happy for my mam.

Irish Gumbo - Thank you and nice to meet you. The video makes me feel tearful too. Very moving.

Jules said...

What an amazing event Jasmine, congratulations to your mum, and what an experience for you, so beautiful and moving. Warmest wishes and blessings to you all.x

mansuetude said...

Blessings to your mam. We are all blessed when one of us reaches for peace

Your song made me weep. Thank you.

lynne h said...

this is all so beautiful, jasmine! xo

Lickety Splitter said...

Hello sweet Jasmine. I've been plundering through your lovely posts. My well wishes are long overdue. Your new dwelling place looks divine, your mother is traveling a path I often look lingeringly towards, and my oh my just look how your family, art and garden grow! The sweet life! I'm wildly envious ;)

Suzi Smith said...

Beautiful...the post, pictures, video, the sentiments... lovely to see & share, all so special... blessings to all x

dorie said...

My comment must be wandering through the air cause I don't see it anymore. So again, congrats. And I have been listening on sundaymorning to that beautifull tara-song, the day my youngest girl had her 11th birthday. And believe it or not she got her first buddha from me, the laughing one, the one that's like her.

Yarrow said...

Wow, what an incredible journey for your Mum. Best wishes and congratulations to her and you. You must be very proud, and the tree seeds are such a lovely idea :)

Delwyn said...

Hi Jasmine

what a treasure of a post, family, nature and prayer all bound up together...

The Tara prayer is wonderful, thanks you Jasmine.

Happy days

GreenWhisper said...

such a lovely post, happy journeying to your mam.. wow at that pic pic the bodhi tree..immense beauty.. and the sound of the 'tara' prayer gave me goosebumps.. so so beautiful..
:)xx

Karen said...

Oh Wow Jasmine that is Brilliant for your Mum, she looks so happy, i wish i could be so peaceful. That tree is beyond Amazing and i love the Pray, gave me goosebumps to.
Just Beautiful xoxoxo