Wesley1982 wrote:I took a break from Christian forum and came to Dharma Wheel - since then I have been thinking about the universal functions of the dharma.
Also influenced by my "interpretation" of a couple of buddhist books I've read.
In one book, chapter 6 Establishing the Dharma was what the Buddha did and inspired many people to practice.
1) wake up - think of books
3) meditate on the meaning of the universal dharma
Morning practice: how do YOU start?
Ogyen wrote:Wake up: refuge practice
Work: Bodhisattva vow on my desk: May I see what I do, May I change what I do when I see it, May this be a way of life.
Day - practice practice practice bodhicitta towards certain people that drive me up the wall.
Daughter: Breathe with her, sit with her, be mindful together (she's 4).
Evening: Mantras per teacher's instruction.
Mostly stay focused on being present all day long, no matter what arises. And if necessary, write poetry to document the process.
dharmagoat wrote:Morning practice: how do YOU start?
When I am practicing properly, I wake up at 4:30 and do 25 minutes of śamatha mediation right away (my cushion is 1 metre from my bed). I will then return to my meditation at regular intervals throughout the day. I find that my meditation in the early afternoon is the most difficult as this is the time when dullness tends to set in. If I am properly motivated, I will ensure that I meditate just before I go to bed. This is also a great way to get to sleep quickly as my mind is then freed of distracting thoughts. At this stage I am only really able to sit for three hours a day as my muscles and tendons are not accustomed to sitting any longer than this.
gregkavarnos wrote:Check out Dharma Wheel messages/posts. Lama prayer, Refuge, Bodhicitta, Invitation prayer, Water bowl offerings (plus other offerings), Three rounds of 21 praises to Tara, three malas of mantra, Jambhala invocation, three malas of mantra. Breakfast!
A few days ago I found four abandoned kittens, so right now I start with warm milk in baby bottle offerings first, peeing ritual, bathing ritual, then the abovementioned.
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