Reflection for today…Time is of The Essence -Buddha

27 Feb

“The trouble is,

you think you have time.”



Buddha’s reflection on time is that it is taken for granted.

Time is of the essence because death is approaching {memento mori}.

Being mindful gives us awareness of how we use our time. Hopefully our time is being used living our potential and awakening spiritually and otherwise.

The key is to live in the present moment {the now} and do your very best.


I wonder about Buddhist conceptions of time.

I found an intriguing excerpt on Buddhist notions of time from 

Daniel Goleman: “What is the Buddhist understanding of Time? How can we relate our sense of the process of time to our experience of the present moment?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama: In Buddhism, the concept of linear time, of time as a kind of container, is not accepted. Time itself, I think, is something quite weak. It depends on some physical basis, some specific thing. Apart from that thing it is difficult to pinpoint—to see time. Time is understood or conceived only in relation to a phenomenon or a process.

DG: Yet the passage of time seems very concrete—the past, the present, aging. The process of time seems very real.

HH: This business of time is a difficult subject. There are several different explanations and theories about time; there is no one explanation in Buddhism. I feel there is a difference between time and the phenomena on which time is projected. Time can be spoken of only in relation to phenomena susceptible to change, which because they are susceptible to change are transitory and impermanent. “Impermanent” means there is a process. If there is no process of change, then one cannot conceive of time in the first place.

The question is whether it is possible to imagine an independent time which is not related to any particulars, any object that goes through change. In relation to such an object, we can talk about the past of that thing, its present state, and its future; but without relation to such particulars, it is very difficult to conceive of an instant of time totally independent of a particular basis.”


This video clip is from The Tudors.

King Henry the eighth reflects on loss.

He asks his beloved friend Charles Brandon

What loss is to man most irrecoverable?

Charles answers virtue and then honour.

Henry says that by his actions man can redeem his virtue.

He may  also find the means to recover his honour as he recovers fortune that has been lost.

Henry answers…

Of all losses time is the most irrecuperable for it can never be redeemed.


I highly recommend watching The Tudors if you haven’t seen it yet…

Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ performance as Henry VIII is unforgettable to say the least.

Long live the king!

Have a surrealist day 😉

Peace & Namaste…

19 Responses to “Reflection for today…Time is of The Essence -Buddha”

  1. Slayer Muser February 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM #

    Pictures 1-4 aren’t showing.

    Love “The Tudors” clips. Love Natalie Dormer. But I must repeat: JRM’s old-man voice is lamentable.

    • MYSOULSONICE February 28, 2013 at 2:55 AM #

      Slayer Muser…
      I love that Tudors clip as well.

      The sad way Jonathan looks down after he finishes his speech gets me everytime.
      He is reflecting with a hint of melancholy.

      *I was thinking about your comment “JRM’s old-man voice is lamentable” the whole time though.

      I am also a fan of Natalie Dormer.

      Natalie Dormer
      What a great actress!
      Anne Boleyn was definitely my favourite of Henry’s wives.
      Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII
      I say that because Anne was Henry’s match in every way- intellectually, sexually and otherwise.
      King Henry VIII Anne Boleyn Passion
      She was so witty, fiery and exciting.

      I loved their scenes together and was sad when their love ended.
      He turned so cold against her but I guess that is how it goes.
      Henry did not really have much of a tangible reason to want to leave her at that point- either than her not producing a son.
      Its as though he simply got bored and turned his sexual attention onwards.
      Such a shame he was not loyal.
      A person that is disloyal loses respect in my books.

      Loyalty is the test of love.


      • Slayer Muser February 28, 2013 at 3:13 AM #

        Lovely pussy in that first pic.

        • MYSOULSONICE February 28, 2013 at 3:49 AM #

          Yes, I love cats!

          Do you?

          Light & Intuition…

      • Slayer Muser February 28, 2013 at 3:26 AM #

        Despite the love of which you write, his main priority was producing a male heir. You’re right that he lost interest when she couldn’t do this. He had to be rid of her. Bit harsh. But, if you’re king, surely you can do and enjoy what and who you want?

      • Slayer Muser February 28, 2013 at 3:29 AM #

        If I had been Henry, I probably would have divorced Anne but kept her alive as a live-in lover and then, assuming Anne was happy with that arrangement, drafted in another “Queen” to do the baby-making honours. A tad idealistic, but there you go.

        • MYSOULSONICE February 28, 2013 at 3:48 AM #

          To be honest, this would have been more humane than what actually happened {I don’t want to spoil the show in case someone reads this comment that hasn’t seen the show}.


      • Slayer Muser February 28, 2013 at 3:55 AM #

        Yes. Maybe what actually happened was too idealistic and my idea would have been more practical. Good point.

        • MYSOULSONICE February 28, 2013 at 4:08 AM #

          What happened to Anne was so brutal that your option sounds much more compassionate.
          To add insult to injury, Anne’s portrayal in the history books is not too favorable either.
          Poor Anne.
          Regardless of what happened, she is still my favourite wife of Henry.
          Henry VIII's Wives

          I have to say that I really disliked Catherine Howard the most.
          Yikes was she annoying and boring {but I know you liked her}.
          She and Henry had nothing in common besides sex.
          She couldn’t even hold a conversation o_o
          They were not a match at all!
          I’m not saying that opposites don’t attract because they can- even polar opposties can.
          Something about them just didn’t work- it didn’t flow.
          It seemed forced or something.
          Do you know what I mean?

          Besides, Catherine Howard was a little girl and Anne Boleyn was a woman.
          She just couldn’t compete with Anne even if she wanted to {in my humble opinion}.

          Intuitive Light…

          • Slayer Muser February 28, 2013 at 4:22 AM #

            Great pic of the 6 wives. V useful as an aide memoire. Here’s my list:

            1. Anne Boleyn (the best package… smartest, sexiest, fieriest)
            2. Jane Seymour (the most beautiful)
            3. Catherine Howard (young and silly but naughty and insatiable)
            4. Catherine Parr (solid)
            5. Anne of Cleves (sweet but dull)
            6. Katherine of Aragon (no comment. just ugly)

      • Slayer Muser February 28, 2013 at 3:57 AM #


        Very much indeed.

  2. Slayer Muser February 28, 2013 at 12:23 AM #

    Just watched this. Quite fun.

    • MYSOULSONICE February 28, 2013 at 3:07 AM #

      Slayer Muser…
      I was actually going to send you this video clip earlier but I decided against it only because I find the ladies of the view so bloody annoying.

      I still liked the interview nonetheless.


      • Slayer Muser February 28, 2013 at 3:15 AM #

        You are right. The interVIEWers are tacky, vacuous and dim. But JRM’s and ND’s charm shines through.

        • MYSOULSONICE February 28, 2013 at 3:35 AM #

          Slayer Muser…
          Yes, Jonathan and Natalie do shine through.

        • MYSOULSONICE February 28, 2013 at 3:42 AM #

          Yes, Henry’s main goal was to produce a male heir.
          I minimized the importance of this.
          On the show, the coldness came quite fast towards Anne.
          In real life, it may have taken years as I think they tried to conceive a son for years.

          Regarding your other point…the king does as he will.
          Whatever he wants he shall have.


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