Archive for February, 2007

Insights on Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum

“There is not a single aspect of the eighty-four thousand sections of the Buddha’s teachings which is not contained in Avalokiteshvara’s six syllable mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” is Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s summary.

“Containing all the secrets to the universe; life, death, rebirth. Enlightenment in a single phrase” is how Alan Watts describes the inner beauty contained within the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum .

I’ve been making my own investigations into this wonderful mantra for the past previous months, chanting, reading, and listening. The more you hear, speak and see it, the more it opens up. Initally you feel slightly awakard, then a surface level of peace and joy is offered. From here, you get into the rhtymn of it, and you no longer think about it; you’re meditating in the words, allowing them to flow. It almost becomes as if they are manifesting you, not you manifesting them.

Om Mani Padme Hum contains every Buddhist teaching inside of it. It is the one that contains the all; a signs of Pure Dharma. Below are two parts of this detailed teaching.

(om)Om Generosity
Ma Moral conduct
Ni Patience
Pad Diligence
Me Meditative stabilization
Hum Discriminating awareness

(Pad)Om Ignorance is cleansed.
Ma And the defilements of hatred,
Ni Avarice,
Pad Attachment,
Me Jealousy,
Hum And pride are purified.

Why Awareness Is Required For Intelligence and Planning

BillOGood left a fantastic comment in relation to developing intelligence. His comment, and my reply are below. Thanks for your thoughtful comment Bill.

“I understand what it is to ‘be in the present moment’ and ‘accept things as they are,’ but how does this square with planning and anticipating your future and future events? Aren’t those activities important aspects of intelligence, also?”

I’m going to tackle this question in two areas; how the direction is more important then the destination and how planning/anticipation benefit from present moment awareness/acceptance.
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How To Make Reality Your Own

There is only two takes on reality/life and the difference is the difference in creating your own reality or living as a slave.

Life happens to me OR
I make life happen.
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Zen Story - Steal the moon

Instead of just simply linking, I thought I’d share a great Zen story with you to begin.

A Zen Master lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening, while he was away, a thief sneaked into the hut only to find there was nothing in it to steal.

The Zen Master returned and found him. “You have come a long way to visit me,” he told the prowler, “and you should not return empty handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.”

The thief was bewildered, but he took the clothes and ran away. The Master sat naked, watching the moon.

“Poor fellow,” he mused, ” I wish I could give him this beautiful moon.”

(from RenegadeZen)

Thoughtful Linking

  • An Essay by Einstein — The World As I See It. Reading Einstein’s essay shows his fame for E = mc^2 misses the mark on what this wonderful thinker was about. If you’ve only got 5 minutes today. Read this. Life chaning.
  • Zen/Budhhist artwork. All showing cosmic reality, interconnectedness and other concepts of the path.
  • Upskilling in the business world. Opher’s blog is full of insightful information on developing the mind, in a business setting. Something that is very useful to balance in the west.

Happiness Like a Buddha

“Everyone has the innate potential to become awakened and experience nirvana” is the Buddhist belief that we all contain the Buddha Nature. You have the potential to have peace and happiness like the Buddha.

Happiness Is Contagious
Happiness, like yawning and smiling is contagious. If you are happy, and share this with others, they will become happier. Then when that person talks to someone else, they will do so in a happier mood. You are the drop in a pond, sending small ripples outwards lightening and radiating happiness as they spread. All these small ripples begin from you sharing your happiness and peace with others. You create endlessly outwards ripples of happiness, peace and compassion when you connect with others. Do not bottle up happiness for yourself; share it with those you interact with. Your positive energy will ‘zap’ them out of a trance and so it spreads.
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Visualizing Karma - The Domino Effect

Domino Effect - KarmaKarma is often hard to understand, and leads many to doubt it’s existent in life. When something is visualized it becomes more real. I found this western image/explanation for karma in Rick’s presentation(click to view larger).

Many people, as in the picture, act in the now, without regard for future consequences. Karma, however, is lived in the present. The last domino may take a day/hour or week to actually hit you, which is the effect of pushing the first. The decision to push the first domino over is actually the karma(action). The action(karma) or cause is linked to the effect, and in this way, you are always living your karma.
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The Secret to Growing Your Concentration

“Concentrate, it’s in your reach” (Placebo). Every activity in life requires concentration, thus, the greater your ability to concentrate, the greater your abilities in all of life.

This works due to a change in your decision making process. Decisions, through concentration are better thought out to their conclusions, empowering you to make better decisions from the offset. Enhanced concentration also improves work life; work is completed faster with greater accuracy, due to less distractions. You may even get a pay rise; there’s no downsides to growing your concentration.

To develop your concentration all you have to do is be present. Do not plan for the future, do not think of the past, do not wish to be elsewhere, be right here, right now. Fully engage in every task of your day, regardless of how mundane it is. Mundane tasks are the most useful tasks to utilize in growing your concentration. Once again, simply be present.

Meditation “describes a state of concentrated attention on some object of thought or awareness”. Whether it’s washing the dishes, walking, knitting or sitting still, awareness of that task is meditation. It’s not just chanting or for people dressed in robes. It’s not a scary or mystical practice. Two more acceptable and common forms of meditation in modern culture are Yoga and Pilates. These both utilize the breath as a tool of enhanced concentration, or meditation.

Take time for yourself right now, in this moment; to experience your concentration. To do this all you have to do is watch and feel your breath. Do no thing more, do no thing less. Take 3 natural breaths, in and out. Feeling air entering your nose, then feel it come out again. Don’t force the breath, let it happen, experience it as it is, in this present moment. Stop reading now and feel the beauty of life through the breath.

Welcome back. Those 3 breaths you just took are a great way of growing your concentrating. Maybe next time see if you can go 4 or 5 breaths. If not, don’t get upset, try again late.

Breathing is something that we all have to do. Make use of this, and use it as your tool of concentration. Nothing extra is required, just your attention. If you would like to continue enhancing your concentration through breath, check out the Introduction to Meditation Sessions by Gil.

Feature: Recommended Listening Page

Here is a few of my favorite Dharmacasts. These Dharmacasts range from Guided Meditations, Zen/Buddhist philosophies, Meditation Techniques/timers, and more. These talks are profound, yet accessible teachings; like Dharma itself. I also use the lists to invite and develop interest in others to the wonder of Dharma.