An act of meditation is actually an act of faith - of faith in your spirit, in your own potential. Faith is the basis of meditation. Not of faith in something outside you - a metaphysical buddha, an unattainable ideal, or someone else’s words. The faith is in yourself, in your “buddha-nature.” You too can be a buddha, an awakened being that lives and responds in a wise, creative, and compassionate way.
China is all set to launch its second lunar probe, Chang’e-2, by early October, which would be the 58th satellite to be launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
According to China Daily, the probe is likely to blast off from the number 2 launch pad on October 1st, the day People’s Republic of China celebrates its 61st anniversary.
Chang’e-2 would test key soft-landing technologies for the Chang’e-3 and provide high-resolution photographs of the landing area, space authorities said.
“It is estimated Chang’e-2 can reach lunar orbit within five days, compared to 13 days, 14 hours and 19 minutes for Chang’e-1,” the paper quoted Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist at the China Lunar Exploration Project, as saying.
Chang’e-2 will also orbit 100 kilometres closer to the moon and carry a higher resolution camera, he added.
China launched its first lunar probe, Chang’e-1, named after China’s mythical Moon Goddess, on October 24th, 2007. Its 16-month mission ended on March 1st, 2009, when it crashed into the moon’s surface.
According to China’s three-phase moon exploration road map, the country will launch the Chang’e-2 lunar orbiter and then land Chang’e-3 on the moon in 2013. It is hoped that a sample of moon rock can be brought back to Earth in 2017.
Currently, Chinese space programme works in two fronts: manned flights, having done three of them, and lunar surface prospecting. Sources within the Chinese programme say the country has plans to send its first astronauts to Moon in 2025.
“There is a tendency to believe that if something is meaningless, it has no effect. This lesson is making it clear that this is not true. Being meaningless does not being ineffectual. To the extent that the thoughts I hold in my mind are meaningless, I am unaware of what has meaning. Meaningless thoughts are a barrier to recognition of meaning. Likewise, separation is a barrier to Love. Since all real meaning is Love or Oneness, separation from Love is separation from meaning, and therefore meaningless. Though separation is meaningless, it is clearly not ineffectual. The whole world we see is the effect of belief in separation. The pain and loss, devastation and death we see in this world is the effect of believing in separation, even though separation is not real and is therefore meaningless.”—Essays on the Course in Miracles/Pathways of Light/parkstepp
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”—Thich Nhat Hanh
“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”—Byron Katie