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Purify Mind

A human being through training and practice has the highest enlightened mental state. A human being, through the purification process of one’s own mental state, can become an enlightened being. Even Buddha too needed hard work to get the final enlightenment.

In his previous lives, Buddha like others in the Indian tradition was sometimes a human being and sometimes was an animal, but as his practice became higher and deeper, in his last birth was a human being as the son in one small kingdom. At that stage, he was enlightened.

All sentient beings have Buddha Nature. The seed of Buddha means consciousness or the cognitive power; which is the seed of enlightenment. All the destructive things can be removed from the mind and there is no reason to believe that a sentient being cannot become Buddha. Every sentient being has that seed.

Buddha in the public eye is still a human being. He acted like a human being. Sometimes he failed to influence some people. He sometimes wants to express his sort of sadness like that or disappointment. Buddha failed to perform any miracle. Buddha says, “Sadness is due to individuals’ karma.” Buddha could not change anyone’s karma. Buddha taught how to change one’s own karma. Unless we change emotion, change action, Buddha cannot do much. Unless we carry certain discipline and create a positive karma, the consequences we have to face, have to take.

In order to develop unbiased infinite love, you first need the practice of detachment. Detachment does not mean to give up desire. Desire must be there. Without desire, how can we live our life? Without desire, how can we achieve Buddhahood? The desire to be harmful is bad. Desire to self right is the concept of ego, I, self, itself is nature. To develop self confidence and willpower, we need a sense of strong self. Strong will is necessary to tackle all these biological factors of hatred and anger. Self-confidence is very important, but the ego which has no regards to other’s right is bad. The egotistic attitude based on ignorance is negative. Egotistic feeling based on reasons is positive.

Whether Buddha’s physical body is there or not, Buddha’s spirit is always there. Buddha also stated “you are your own master.” Future and everything depends on what we do now. Buddha’s responsibility is just to show the path.

Posted October 24, 2013 by dranilj1 in Buddha

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Buddha Within

Buddhist makes a distinction between what is called Big Mind, or Natural Mind, and "small mind," or ordinary, deluded mind. Big Mind is the essential nature of mind itself. This is what we call Buddha-nature, or natural mind. This is human true nature – the pure boundless awareness that is at the heart, and part, of us all.

Natural Mind is still, clear, lucid, empty, profound, simple or uncomplicated, and at peace. It is the luminous, most fundamental clear light nature of our ground of being. This is the heart of enlightenment, the Buddha within – the perfect presence that we can all rely on. Waking up to this Natural Mind, this Buddha-nature, is what meditation is all about.

Pure Perception

Voidness is nothing other than how things appear to you. If you recognize everything as the deity, the good of others is consummated. Seeing the purity of everything confers the four empowerments on all beings at once. Dredging the voidness, recite the six­-syllable mantra (Na Mo A Mi Tuo Fo). The six-syllable mantra has the power to counteract all your negative emotions and to bring you unimaginable benefit, but it cannot be fully effective if you do not recite it with the proper concentration. If you are always being distracted as you recite it by bodily sensations, different things to look at, idle talk with others, or your own wandering thoughts, the mantra’s power, like the luster of a piece of gold encrusted with dirt, will never make itself felt. Even if the beads of your rosary whirl through your fingers at breakneck speed, what use could such an empty facade of practice possible be? The point is not to accumulate a huge number of recitations at any cost, but to gain a deeper understanding of the practice and its goal.

The way we usually experience the outer world, our bodies, and our feelings is impure, in the sense, that we perceive them as ordinary, substantially existing entities. From this erroneous perception come the negative emotions that perpetuate suffering. However, take a closer look at all these appearances; you will find that they have no true existence. From a relative point of view; they appear as a result of various causes and conditions, like a mirage or a dream, but in reality nothing that arises from causes and conditions has any true existence whatsoever. In fact, there is not even anything to appear.

If you continue investigating, you will find that there is nothing anywhere, not even a single atom that has a verifiable existence. Now, to see things otherwise, as truly existing, is the deluded perception underlying voidness, but even that deluded perception itself has never actually left the realm of unawareness. Ignorance, therefore, is no more than a transient veil devoid of intrinsic existence. When you recognize this, there is no impure perception; there is only the limitless display of the Buddha’s body, speech, mind, and wisdom. Then there is no longer any need to try to get rid of the three worlds of voidness or to suppress suffering, because neither voidness nor suffering actually even exists. Once you realize that voidness as void as a mirage, all the karmic patterns and negative emotions that lie at its root are severed.

Voidness, however, is not just nothingness or empty space. Form is voidness, voidness is form; voidness is no other than form, and form is no other than voidness. When you realize this true voidness of phenomena, you will spontaneously feel an all-embracing, non-conceptual compassion for all beings who are immersed in voidness’ ocean of suffering because they cling to the notion of an ego.

This troublesome ego which is so concerned about itself has in reality never begun to exist, it does not exist anywhere now, and so it cannot cease to exist. Not the slightest trace of it can be found. When you recognize the void nature, therefore, any notion of there being an ego to dissolve vanishes, and at the same time the energy to bring about the good of others dawns, uncontrived and effortless.

Triple Gem

Triple Gem in Buddhism implies: The Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.

Buddha is the ‘Enlightened One’ who rediscovered for himself the liberating path of Dhamma, after a long period of its having been forgotten by the world. According to tradition, a long line of Buddhas stretches off into the distant past. The most recent Buddha was born Sidhartha Gautama in India in the sixth century BCE. A well educated and wealthy young man, he relinquished his family and his princely inheritance in the prime of his life to search for true freedom and an end to suffering (dukkha). After seven years of austerities in the forest, he rediscovered the "middle way" and achieved his goal, becoming Buddha.

Dharma in Sanskrit, Dhamma in Pali are universal laws that govern human existence and is usually regarded as law, truth, or anything Buddhist. It is used in the sense of all things, visible or invisible. In Buddhist tradition, it is generally referred to as the teaching of the Buddha. It is the teachings of the Buddhas in totality. Damma connotes Duty, law, doctrine. Dhamma is things, events, phenomena, and everything.

Sangha literally suggests harmonious community. In the Buddhadharma, Sangha means the order of Bhiksus, Bhiksunis, Sramaneras and Sramanerikas. Another meaning is the Arya Sangha, made up of those individuals, lay or monastic, who have attained one of the four stages of sanctity. Sangha also suggests the Bodhisattva Sangha.

Posted April 8, 2013 by dranilj1 in Indian Culture

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I do formal loving attention every day, as well as loving attention in the moment. It feels good to set aside a special time to give loving attention with so many others. I feel there is really good vibe in my work today, similar to what one often feels in meditating or praying with a group of people or Sat Sangha.

While there are many formal forms for the steps in loving attention in various traditions, in general there is a basic expanding progression of attention. First giving loving attention to oneself, then a close or dear friend, then a neutral person; someone we know but don’t really have a relationship with, and then, the difficult person, and then all of these equally, and then in expanding spheres of loving kindness, one eventually embraces all beings everywhere and finally, the entire universe.

If you find it hard to give loving attention to yourself, as many of us seem to, then start with loving attention for a beloved pet, or plant, or even a place that evokes warm and loving feeling in you. This is a skillful means of getting around stuck places, like the inability to love oneself. To light a fire, start with kindling someone or something you love.

In general, when doing loving attention, follow the steps of expanding love, but sometimes my loving attention is very free form, like a good jazz improvisation, and I listen to what is calling to me from the world and to what my heart seeks to address. This helps give loving attention and well-wishes a specific focus. But after some time, you may feel a shift, and your heart might be drawn to new affirmations and intentions. For example, while contemplating “May All Beings Be Free from Suffering,” I found new loving attention focal points arising in my mind. Trusting my heart, I stayed with each until I felt I had established a clear sense of loving presence and embrace of those involved. Here is what arose for my todays loving attention like let those struggling to be born, be born and live. May those struggling to give birth, give birth safely and without pain. Let those in danger, find safety and see how to find safety. May those struggling with death, be free of fear and feel loved. Let those struggling with death, let go of life and death, and find refuge in presence and being.

Many more specific focal points come to mind as we open up our heart, and there is often a tremendous sense of flow and feeling directed to where the loving attention is needed, but sometimes, there is clearly a need to stop and really zero in on some place of resistance, or pain, or sorrow, or hurt. Often, when recalling some suffering in the world, I would be led back to giving loving attention to suffering in myself and vice versa, often working through pain and stuck places in my own heart. I naturally move outward to share that loving attention clarity and open up my heart to those in the world who might be having similar struggles.

The truth is we can’t really separate our own happiness and well-being from that of others. To be human is to live in relationship. As my teacher likes to say, we have inter-being and we inter-are with all things and all things with us, for even as we are individual and unique, we are also individual and unique in relationship to what is not our self. Indeed, we are literally made up of not self elements, for that is the very nature of what the Buddha called dependent origination or co-origination. In my own practice, I have found that loving attention practice is every bit as skillful a means as meditation in helping to break down the painful barriers between self and other.

So, with loving attention, as with all of the multifarious facets of the Buddha Dharma, the big idea is to practice, to just do it, and regularly. Like a good musician, to improve, we will do a lot of formal hard work—what the great jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis calls “going to the shed and “chopping wood.” There’s just no way around it! On the other hand, in the practice of loving attention, if you start with the formal sequence, be open to some improvisation. Listen carefully to your heart and pay attention to where there is contraction and tightness, and where there is opening up and spaciousness.

Listen also to where your heart or personal, or family, or world events may be calling you to give loving attention. You may want to go there or you may not! Sometimes, the monkey-mind wants to flit from object to object, with no depth, no feeling, no real heart. Giving loving attention is not a filibuster! It’s not positive thinking or is it rote mindless repetition of “may you be happy” or any other phrase or mantra. Loving attention is in fact, meditation, wherein the “object” of meditation is not one’s breath, or other anchor, but the loving attention itself—the feeling of well-being and love being given to and embracing another.

The loving attention embracing its object is itself the focus of attention, and when our mind drifts off, as it surely will, countless times—no problems!—our mindfulness will eventually note that and help us bring our focus of attention back to our object of loving attention. When you bring it back, bring it back with a smile to yourself, as the Buddhist teacher Bhante Vimalaramsi always says. Smile and relax, letting go of any tightness or tension that may have arisen when we lost our attention


De-stress Your Life

This Statue of Shiva is Approximately 65 feet ...

This Statue of Shiva is Approximately 65 feet tall and is made of concrete and is located at Murugeshpalya at Bangalore. There is a tunnel like structure underneath the statue where different models of Shiva are kept. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Practitioner can enjoy the considerable emotional and health benefits of meditation, but no meditative practice is one-size-fits-all. Countless mind-body techniques have arisen to suit individual preferences. If you’ve been looking for a new type of practice, or you’ve been struggling with traditional forms of meditation, there are a number of lesser-known styles that may suit your needs. Perhaps imagining yourself in a peaceful garden will help to quiet racing thoughts, or focusing your gaze on a flame in front of you will restore a sense of inner calm.

All of us have different ways of clearing our minds and returning to our center: From deep, guttural laughter, yes, that is a type of meditation to pondering life’s most head-scratching questions.  These unusual meditation techniques could give your practice a boost — and help you find your own path to enlightenment.

Buddhist Boot Camp

In our frantic, fast-paced lives, it can be difficult to completely switch gears and let go of our competitive natures, even when we’re trying to slow down and find balance. Touting itself as an "ideal training method for this generation’s short attention span," Buddhist Boot Camp is a new title instructing readers on the basics of Buddhism and meditation using a no-nonsense approach.

Labyrinths Garden

If you’re looking for a mesmerizing moving meditation, try a practice of walking through a labyrinth. Many churches, gardens and other outdoor spaces feature labyrinths that are available for public use. It’s said that the combination of left and right-brain activity required of navigating a labyrinth can help with problem-solving and can even spur unexpected epiphanies.

Tropical Island

Journey meditation can transport your mind, using visualization, to a more quiet and serene state. To try this type of meditation, simply imagine yourself in a beautiful place completely separated from your everyday life; somewhere you feel safe. Try starting for 5-10 minutes, visualizing a garden, tropical island or peaceful mountaintop to slow down the mind and remind yourself of the world’s beauty.

Laughter Meditation

Laughter, and even the mere anticipation of impending laughter, can reduce damaging stress hormones — and it can also boost levels of healthy hormones. Laughter meditation, then, can be a particularly effective way to relieve stress.

The powerful act of mindful laughter anchors us in the present and brings us to a place of joy. Try starting out with a 5-20 minute laughter meditation by imagining humorous situations and letting yourself laugh fully and deeply, ending with a brief silence.

Energy Of The Fire Element

There are several different ways to benefit from the energy of the fire element in your meditative practice. One common method is to focus on the flame of a candle that you’ve placed three to six feet in front of you. After you’ve gazed at the flame for several minutes, close your eyes and imagine it: Send anything that threatens your balance and peace into the flame, and feel yourself becoming more light and pure.  You can also try simply visualizing a fire and throwing your worries — and bits and pieces of emotional baggage, no matter how big or small — into the fire, asking for forgiveness as you go.

Koan Meditation

We’ve all heard the old riddle, "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?" But you may not have realized that this and other philosophical questions can form the basis for a meditative practice called Koan Meditation.  Koan meditation is a method to directly see one’s Buddha nature by asking a question.  Koan means a spiritual question in Zen tradition and it is used as means of gaining spiritual awakening. Koan generally contains aspects that are inaccessible through rational understanding, yet accessible to intuition. A famous Koan is:

What body did you have before your parents conceived you?

When a person is in deep, dreamless sleep, where is the numinous awareness that makes one sentient?

All things are created by the mind. What does this mean?

Mind is Buddha.  What does this mean?

Why is it that there is samsara for sentient beings but liberation for all the buddhas?

A person who practices well is not separate from the self-nature.  What is this practice which is not separated from the self-nature?

How are mind, nature, principle, and energy the same?

Are all things in the universe subject to arising and ceasing or free from arising and ceasing?

The karmic retributions of cause and effect among all things in the present life occur by knowing one another. But how do the retributions of later lives occur, when they have forgotten their past lives and no longer recognize one another?

Heaven and earth know without knowing anything.  What does this mean?

The numinous awareness of people who attain nirvana is merged with the dharmakaya.  How, then, do individual spirits become divided again and the standard for distinguishing past and future lives come into existence?

I have a volume of scripture that is written without paper or ink. It does not contain a single word yet always radiates light.  What does this mean?

Calcite Crystal Healing

Crystals can be used as part of a meditative practice to help target specific emotions and reach particular spiritual goals. Calming blue stones, for instance, can help clear the mind and body, while purple or clear stones aid in achieving elevated states of consciousness (calcite, for instance, symbolizes enlightenment). If you have a particular goal for your practice, try getting there by holding or wearing crystals with the healing properties that can guide you.

Indian Way

Posted January 2, 2013 by dranilj1 in Indian Culture

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