Meditation help

JUPITERASC

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Blaze

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For the sake of meditation help,


While I'm not a Zen practitioner, this book is excellent for those who are looking to meditate and contemplate Samsara. Here's another jewel on the path,


Anapanasati is the method discussed in the Suttas. Very helpful an uncomplicated like some of the new age methods that exist.
 

JUPITERASC

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This Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat, features a conversation
with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and host Daniel Aitken.
Rinpoche is the author of two bestselling books and oversees the Tergar Meditation Community
an international network of Buddhist meditation centers.

He is the son of the renowned meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
and was formally enthroned as
the seventh incarnation of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
by Tai Situ Rinpoche when he was twelve years old.
In addition to his extensive background in meditation and Buddhist philosophy,

Mingyur Rinpoche has held a lifelong interest in psychology, physics, and neurology :)


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JUPITERASC

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"...Although people know that they have a mind, it’s hard for many to appreciate
and acknowledge that their mind doesn’t die when their body dies
and that their mind continues from one life to the next.
As long as people cannot comprehend and, instead, deny this, then :)
virtue and non-virtue have no meaning for them.
If they think that living beings are like a rock or tree, then
they think that it doesn’t matter if a rock or tree falls down and breaks another rock or tree.
Thinking like this, they assume that it doesn’t matter
if a big river flows over and makes many small rivers disappear
and that the life of a sentient being is like that, too.
It’s very hard for them to comprehend that everyone has a mind that continues from one life to the next.
Once they have understood that the mind continues after death, then
it’s quite easy for them to realize
that it’s very bad to kill, to steal, to lie, etc. and that it’s very good to save lives,
to be generous, to be truthful, and so forth...."

H.E. Chamgon Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche
From: Nectar from the Stream – Two

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JUPITERASC

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"...You are comprised of 84 minerals, 23 Elements, and 8 gallons of water
spread across 38 trillion cells.
You have been built up from "...nothing..." by the spare parts of the Earth you have consumed :)
according to a set of instructions hidden in a double helix
and small enough to be carried by a sperm to an egg.
You are recycled butterflies, plants, rocks, streams, rain, firewood, wolf fur, shark teeth, volcanoes,
dinosaurs, birds, trillions of life forms
broken down to their smallest parts and rebuilt into our planet’s most complex living thing.

You are not living on Earth. You are Earth...."

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Blaze

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Cooling the flames of Raga (Passion or Greed), Dosa (Hatred, ill-will) and Moha (delusion) have further changed this life. Using insight, concepts are stripped naked before the minds eye, their emptiness clear, their birth and death made apparent.

Even Jhana states - beyond the touch of evil, bringing with them profound bliss that the lesser senses cannot dream of, are empty, devoid.

Nibbana and the Sanskrit version Nirvana aren't actually "deep" words or the name of some super heaven - they literally mean to cool, to unbind.

Mm, babble over. May all be well and happy.
 

Blaze

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For the sake of keeping the thread on rails,


Loving-Kindness (Metta) is the first level Jhana state that everyone who meditates should try to experience. It's beyond the senses, which drive like a shoddy, four wheel ground-bound car (the body an it's senses) in comparison to a flying saucer (Jhana states).
 

Blaze

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Dependent origination happens so fast that the untrained mind doesn't see it. Like falling off a tree and landing onto the ground. We don't notice the branches breaking on the way down, only the slam to the floor below. Ajahn Chah used that example.

To notice the exact moment an event takes birth, such as a nasty smell touching the nose, one has to maintain constant awareness paired with insight. Watching the rising, persisting and falling of the event - this is also a meditation. One that is practiced throughout life until the breakup of the body.

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JUPITERASC

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Dependent origination happens so fast that the untrained mind doesn't see it. Like falling off a tree and landing onto the ground. We don't notice the branches breaking on the way down, only the slam to the floor below. Ajahn Chah used that example.

To notice the exact moment an event takes birth, such as a nasty smell touching the nose, one has to maintain constant awareness paired with insight. Watching the rising, persisting and falling of the event - this is also a meditation. One that is practiced throughout life until the breakup of the body.

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Blaze

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This reminds me of how problematic the word "Reincarnation" is. In Buddhist circles it's actually not called that, since that implies some "thing" is taking a new form, which is more of that Eternalism stuff. Instead it's labeled "Re-linking," as the continuation of Kamma (Karma, actions).

Once I learned that, it all became clear to me. Clung to habits take the shape of whichever way they were moving (Wholesome or unwholesome ) and the next form is the result of those actions. Greedy, hateful types earn the body they get. Kind and benevolent types theirs etc. Hence, Re-linking, a chain of events playing out within the sphere of the senses.

Anyway, great picture, Mon Ami. Thanks for that. May you be well and happy.
 

JUPITERASC

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what you said is well worth re-iterating - great analogy, thank you :)

"...Dependent origination happens so fast
that the untrained mind doesn't see it
.
Like falling off a tree and landing onto the ground.
We don't notice the branches breaking on the way down,
only the slam to the floor below.

Ajahn Chah used that example.
To notice the exact moment an event takes birth, such as
a nasty smell touching the nose, one has to maintain constant awareness
paired with insight
.
Watching the rising, persisting and falling of the event
- this is also a meditation.
One that is practiced throughout life until the breakup of the body..."

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JUPITERASC

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This reminds me of how problematic the word "Reincarnation" is. In Buddhist circles
particularly since: given no inherent existence :)
it's actually not called that, since that implies some "thing" is taking a new form, which is more of that Eternalism stuff. Instead it's labeled "Re-linking," as the continuation of Kamma (Karma, actions).
Maya concept "..Time..." chimes with Buddhisms "...re-linking..."

Maya spiritual tradition, the caracol or conch shell symbolizes
the cycle of
birth to death to rebirth.
In the Popul Vuh, the Sacred Book of Time of the Maya
epic journey of twin heroes
who must pass through a series of challenges in the underworld

recalls a spiral circling toward the center

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Once I learned that, it all became clear to me. Clung to habits take the shape of whichever way they were moving (Wholesome or unwholesome ) and the next form is the result of those actions. Greedy, hateful types earn the body they get. Kind and benevolent types theirs etc. Hence, Re-linking, a chain of events playing out within the sphere of the senses.

Anyway, great picture, Mon Ami. Thanks for that. May you be well and happy.
May you also Mon Ami be Happy and Well Always

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Blaze

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Who needs coffee when you can practice Bhastrika Pranayama. It's a breathing practice that helps push energy into the Mind.

I find it very useful if Sloth and Torpor kick in during deep meditative states. The five hindrances are annoying, sure, but they can be defeated.
 

Blaze

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Who needs coffee when you can practice Bhastrika Pranayama. It's a breathing practice that helps push energy into the Mind.

I find it very useful if Sloth and Torpor kick in during deep meditative states. The five hindrances are annoying, sure, but they can be defeated.
Forgot to add a video, whoops.

 
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