Archive for December, 2006

Time as a tool of Mind

In a recent meditation session, I reached acceptance and understanding of some dharma talks I’ve recently heard/watched (links to talks at bottom). The concept is core to Buddhism; that of living in the present moment. That past and future are simply constructs of self/ego. For me it was a personal review of what I was doing whilst in the present that allowed this concept to open up.

I was sitting down meditating, but I had set a timer. This mp3 timer was something I put together in the past, which was silent in the present, but extending into the future there would be a chime to end the session. The acceptance/opening of the teaching is that time is a useful tool in life. To “create” a meditation timer, “time” is need. The acceptance is that there is only one moment; the present, with the tool of time holding access to the past and future.

It is the present moment that allows the linking of the moments, and access to other times when required. This differs greatly from living “in time”. This awareness is focused on the now, accessing the past and future, only when required. Using time in this regard is like using a tool for its correct function. An example of this is using a hammer to hit a nail in, but putting down the hammer after the nail is hit in. People do not carry around hammers with them permanently. By the same degree there is no need to hold onto the tool of time; it gets heavy. Use it when required.

Are we stuck in time is a talk by Robert Scott(youtube video below)

The other talk is Zencast 48, called surrender to the now, which is a teaching by Eckhart Tolle.

Free And Custom Mp3 Meditation Chimes/Timer

Below is a list of free MP3 Meditation Chimes for you. If the timer you’re after isn’t below, I’d love to make it for you. To make it, a donation of your choosing, which will be used to ship Free Buddhist Books, along with an e-mail with the details of what you’re after is all that’s required.

May these chimes help with your mindfulness. May all beings be happy.

Free Mp3 Meditation Chimes

Zen Meditation Chimes and Recitations;-

35 Minute Meditation Timer, with Bodhisattva Vows
A chime 30 seconds in, 3 chimes 35 minutes in, ZMM Sangha Chanting Bodhisattva bows (VBR MP3; 37.5 meg)
Heart Sutra
ZMM Sangha chanting the Heart Sutra, and dedication of merit (VBR MP3; 4.6meg)
Bodhisattva Vows
ZMM Sangha chanting the Four Bodhisattva Vows (VBR MP3; 4.1 meg)

[If you like the ZMM Sangha Chants, please buy their practice CD from here]
Non-Sectarian Timers;-
15 Minute Meditation Timer
a chime 30 seconds in, 13 minutes and 30 seconds silence, a soft chime @ 14 minutes, and 3 chimes at the end. (VBR MP3; 5.0 meg)

20 Minute Meditation Timer
a chime 30 seconds in, 18 minutes and 30 seconds silence, a soft chime @ 19 minutes, and 3 chimes at the end. (VBR MP3; 6.5 meg)

A few custom made meditation timer.

Meditation Chanting (Om Mani Padme Hum)

For a while I’ve been reading and hearing about the joy of mantras. Mantras such as Om Mani Padme Hum have, and continue to reached a new level of acceptance in western community. The Mantra is repeated a few times in the new movie Children of Men(If you’re going to watch the movie, it’s in the car scene).

Here’s a direct link to a MP3 for Om mani padme hum, give it a try, you might like it!

Update:- Just found another Om Mani Padme Hum. The Techo Squirrels have a track called Om Mani. The lead singer, Lisa has a voice with such depth and range, it’s almost made for Sanskrit.

A Zen Poem

To open this blog, I’m going to post a little Zen poem that came to me one afternoon.

If not friend,
If not foe,
What if?