It gets easier

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lobster
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It gets easier

Postby lobster » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:28 am

Having difficulties?
It becomes easier.

Too easy? Maybe we can do more!

Buddhism is it a question of attitude? :smile:

I am on private retreat at the moment.
I will do puja for you all.
Open up. :group: Blessing on its way . . . :heart:

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Re: It gets easier

Postby muni » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:37 am

"Buddhism is it a question of attitude? "

Attitude, I went to look on wiki: "An attitude can be defined as a positive or negative evaluation of people, objects, event, activities, ideas, or just about anything in your environment". i don't think that is what Buddhas teachings are revealing. But wow, it is an important question! Since it opens a window to know what is exactly clinging (ignorance).

:namaste:

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Re: It gets easier

Postby JKhedrup » Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:11 pm

attitude is very important. Without joyous effort the extraordinary work to free ourselves will never be complete. If we cannot develop the wish for ourselves and all beings to be free, it is hard to maintain regularity in our practice. But if we think of the difficulties of samsara, and of all of the advantages a human rebirth provides for cultivation, it becomes easier to maintain our practice.

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Re: It gets easier

Postby pueraeternus » Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:40 pm

lobster wrote:I was advised by my good friends the astral dolphins
that the magical narwhal will be sending an astral tusk of good will . . . :woohoo:


Dolphins? Dolphins you say?

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If you believe certain words, you believe their hidden arguments. When you believe something is right or wrong, true of false, you believe the assumptions in the words which express the arguments. Such assumptions are often full of holes, but remain most precious to the convinced.

- The Open-Ended Proof from The Panoplia Prophetica

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Re: It gets easier

Postby muni » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:21 pm

1. Right Understanding
To understand the Law of Cause and Effect and the Four Noble Truths.

2. Right Attitude
Not harbouring thoughts of greed and anger.

3. Right Speech
Avoid lying, gossip, harsh speech and tale-telling.

4. Right Action
Not to destroy any life, not to steal or commit adultery.

5. Right Livelihood
Avoiding occupations that bring harm to oneself and others.

6. Right Effort
Earnestly doing one's best in the right direction.

7. Right Mindfulness
Always being aware and attentive.

8. Right Concentration

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/bs-s06.htm :anjali:

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Re: It gets easier

Postby lobster » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:08 pm

Thanks guys :namaste:

This is the mantra I am learning for your benefit
- if I am lucky some virtue may remain but I am doing my best to
send it all on . . .
It calls on Three powerful mind archetypes . . . .

MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG
DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG
DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG
GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONGKHAPA
LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB

I have built a temp shrine / alter / Ipad support from a couple of tables. :twothumbsup:
and had a lunch of pole caught tuna fish (when you are a lobster old habits die hard)
They died for a good cause . . . I will have to pray for that tuna until it becomes a Buddha

Opposite my window is a large willow . . .
as used by Quan Yin

Onward and upward, sideways and inward . . . :meditate:

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Re: It gets easier

Postby lobster » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:07 pm


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Re: It gets easier

Postby lobster » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:12 am

The three manifestations. My practice retreat continues into the night . . . and the morning . . . :smile:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_in_Buddhism
From his eyes arose the sun and the moon, . . . from his mouth, the wind, . . . from his feet, the earth
(the nature of Avalokiteśvara)

Om Mani Padme Hum
Hrih
(hrih is pronounced internally, not vocally)
is the manifestation of the Dalai Lama (Ocean Guru) as a Word,
as a Cundi or with the head of a Horse (Hayagriva)

In the beginning was the mantra and the Mantra was with the Lama, and the Word was Om Mani Padme Hum Hrih
(based on John 1:1)

OH MAMI PAY ME MMM

Once after watching a documentary about a nearby monastery in Sussex, I decided to visit. I stayed for the meditation which was an hour long and my attempt to sit in the full lotus for this time was unsuccessful. I did yoga but lasted maybe half an hour in the posture. As I was very raw my mind did not settle but towards the end of the meditation it was as if a great tranquillity was returning to normal consciousness. I was unaware of the time or who this 'return' belonged to. It did not seem like my mind that was returning. I was not psychic or particularly sensitive at the time, so it was unusual. As normal consciousness engaged, a gong chimed to denote the end of the meditation . . . :woohoo:
A monk came over to where I was sitting. A nearby nun went into rapture and total prayerful awe to be near what must have been quite a senior renunciate. I had no such sense of reverence and the devotion also clearly annoyed the Theravadin monk. He kindly spoke a few words to me, gave me a pamphlet on meditation and that was that. :namaste:
Even though it barely belongs to his tradition. Even though it might still be inappropriate, this simple act was a manifestation of the compassion of Lokesvara. :thanks:

Om Mani Padme Hum

coming soon . . .

Manjushri
oṃ a ra pa tsa na dhīḥ

and . . . Vajrapani

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Re: It gets easier

Postby lobster » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:42 pm

OM YA HA HUM

Tsongkhapa or Lob Drakpa as he is known to his favourite cructaceans
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Je_Tsongkhapa

. . . sends the usual felicitations . . .

A little video of my practice room, food and a visit from the mothman
http://youtu.be/NM4yuZN0Tts

Vajrapani with a few wrathful visions has been to visit. What a tease.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajrapani

Been a while since I did his mantra
http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/vajrasattva-mantra

All goes well
Retreat location is now internal as I move but continue into normal life . . . :twothumbsup:

May all Beings Benefit :namaste:

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Re: It gets easier

Postby viniketa » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:11 pm

lobster wrote:Retreat location is now internal as I move but continue into normal life . . .


Walking meditation for a walking retreat? :rolling:

:namaste:
If they can sever like and dislike, along with greed, anger, and delusion, regardless of their difference in nature, they will all accomplish the Buddha Path.. ~ Sutra of Complete Enlightenment


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