Archive for June, 2007

Acceptance before Change

Zen; Thanks buddhistforbundet.noAcceptance and Change are related. For positive changes to occur, first acceptance is of the current situation, or reality is required. If you don’t accept the current situation, if you’re “in denial” there will be no efforts made to change. There will be no vision of something requiring change, so no change can occur.

Trying to force change without acceptance causes clinging to the very thing you’re trying to change. Fighting something is much harder than having it willingly walk out the door. If you do manage to fight, and win, the issue is left unresolved, actually planting a seed/time bomb somewhere in the mind through a mental rift.

I know a lady who’s very sure of what and who she is. Any form of arguing with her, strengthens her clinging to her identity. Yet, the second she’s accepted for who she is, she ever slowly starts to let go of the definitions, and bit by bit opens up, slowly changing and expanding.

Accept, Change and you’ll begin to Appreciate. Fight, and go the other way.

Profiling; Kentonwhitman.com

Kentonwhitman.com

Kenton provides a different approach to Zen Blogging. Subtitled with “Zen-Inspired Self Development“, the lucidity and thought provoking methods caught me.

The blog includes thought experiments such as Identity Games and What We Really Want. These experiments are flashing neon lights pointing the reader directly to their own dharma nature.

Posts such as Become Happy With Where You Are look at the roots of happiness and deliver methods to guide the reader towards an un-dogmatic approach.

A fantastic blog that I will be closely following, and the first Blog to be Profiled.

Becoming Our Practice

ChodPractice is a long term result and eventually, we will become our practice. Training, however, is required like in any profession for many years before one is allowed to practice. This is part of the message I understood today as part of a Chod initiation given by by His Holiness the Ninth Khalkha Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche.
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The Importance of Spiritual Practice

(excerpt from Integral Psychology, by Ken Wilber)

Whether, in the end, you believe in spiritual practice involves stages or not, authentic spirituality does involve practice. This is not to deny that for many people beliefs are important, faith is important, religious mythology is important. It is simply to add that, as the testimony of the world’s great yogis, saints, and sages had made quite clear, authentic spirituality can also involve direct experience of a living Reality, disclosed immediately and intimately in the heart of consciousness of individuals, and fostered by diligent, sincere, prolonged spiritual practice. Even if you can relate spirituality as a peak experience, those peak experiences can often be specifically induced, or at least invited, by various forms of spiritual practice, such as active ritual, contemplative prayer, shamanic voyage, intensive meditation, and so forth. All of those open one to a direct experience of Spirit, and not merely beliefs or ideas about Spirit.
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Say Yes to Life and Grow

Whenever asked a question, you face 2 options. To say YES and Grow, or to say No. By answering YES to a question, regardless of what is asked, you are opening a door or path to some future action. Regardless of the experience, it is something greater than doing nothing. Wisdom is gained through experience; experience is gained through saying yes to offers.

When saying no, you do far more than say a word of two letters. Your entire organism - glandular, nervous, muscular - gathers itself together into a condition of rejection( Public Speaking for Success). Continue reading ‘Say Yes to Life and Grow’

Thank You Readers

Namaste, or respectful bow to you, dear read. Your support and comments, each day touch me, inspire me, and encourage me.

Today, together as one we offer Dana to the sources, that along with you, allow this place to take form. This offering is our way of giving thanks and praise, it’s an embrace of the Bodhisattva’s path that we collectively walk.

Dana has been offered under our collective banner, to the below in equal parts. If you would like to suggest a source for future Dana, please leave a comment.

Alan Watt’s Electronic University
Zencast.org
Infinite Smile
Insight Meditation Centre

May all beings be happy, May all beings have peace, May all beings be liberated.

Thoughtful Linking 7

It’s time for Thoughtful Linking 7. This time we’re starting with a video displaying how amazing the modern world is.
Did You Know; Shift Happens - Globalization; Information Age

(via KarmaTube)

  • Vera Nadine - After weeks of reading, I’m still struggling to sum up the raw power and intense spirituality of Vera’s site. A medium and psychic worker talking about her experiences
  • Understanding Wisdom, from MindHacks - An interesting post talking about how western Psychologists are now trying to quantify what exactly wisdom is.
  • Enjoy the Twists, a great reminder from Jim that we are always learning in life, regardless of the outcome. That we should use each interaction as something to aid in our growth.
  • Not Simply Mowing the Lawn, A snapshot into the mind of a Buddhist Trainee

Why Should You Meditate?

Why you should meditate is a question that keeps coming to me. I feel lucky to be asked such questions, that people are curious in meditation, or they see some change in me and want to know more about it. To each person there’s a different answer, depending on their understanding and their circumstances. Below, however, is a general overview on why you should become a meditater.

Meditation means to concentrated attention on some object of thought or awareness. The Western world seems to see meditation as something either Eastern, Mystical, or Religious. There’s a stigma surrounding the word, which is why I’m very excited to hear people around me raising the topic. Swapping the word Meditation for ‘Sitting‘ seems to removes a lot of the stigma and allows us to answer the Why.
Buddha Meditating
We spend so long living in the external world concerned with looks, appears and material, yet we spend no time looking at how we are on the inside. Meditation is the tool used to help address this imbalance by looking at the nature of one’s own mind. By placing the spotlight of attention, or mindfulness on the mind, the mind becomes lighter, without doing anything.

When you meditate, all parts of life benefit. By meditating, when you begin to understand your own nature and your own mind, you’ll begin to live in harmony with your body and mind. When you live in harmony with your mind and body, everything comes together. Some of the sideline benefits of understanding your own nature, your own mind are below. This is not something that happens to 1 in 10, or 1 in 2, but everyone who pays attention to their mind, everyone who looks at how their internal state will get results.

Got your own meditation story, or resources? Leave a comment, let’s help get some of those thinking about meditating into action.

Side Benefits of Meditation