Sharing Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition, but not slavishly so.
Close Formation of Tibetan Masters
The Geluk merit field is one of the most important meditation formations. It is a little bit like this; I read about the blue angels, jet planes that fly in close formation. Like that, this assembly visualization is vrrrrooooomm…. great ones, powerful beings in close formation, all there, right there. Who knows, maybe they are like blue angels. Certainly, they would be similar to the blue angel pilots, who are highly skillful beings, and top of their field. However, the merit field beings can do things that pilots cannot. The tremendous individual effort that beings such as Geshe Chekawa, or the others depicted in the merit field gave, benefitted living beings, but in addition, they remained in an internal method, in a cooperative formation. If we want to call this an enlightened society, it would comprise different levels such as the assembly of gurus, presenting teachings for different times and places such as Geshe Chekawa.
The seven-point mind training is a text written and developed by Geshe Chekawa, one of the great ones of the Tibetan tradition who taught around 1150AD. I say developed, because it was not written spontaneously, but more likely honed over a great length of time by observing himself and others in action, seeing what led toward awakening and what should be avoided as it led away from awakening. He is also associated with the practice of tonglen the compassion practice of taking and giving blessings and healing on the breath while working on the destruction of personal self-cherishing. ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~
"Leider glauben die meisten (wenn nicht sogar alle) Tibeter, dass die geistigen und körperlichen Fähigkeiten von Menschen in weiblichen Körpern nicht so stark oder so der Erleuchtung verschrieben sind, wie die von jenen, die einen männlichen Körper besitzen. Dass weltliche Aktivitäten, wie die Familie, für sie immer Vorrang vor der immensen tantrischen, yogischen Anstrengung haben, die benötigt wird, um den erleuchteten Zustand zu erreichen. Dass Testosteron Mut verleiht. Dass Frauen zu zerbrechlich sind, um die Härten jahrelanger Praxis zu überstehen. Dass eine weibliche Geburt von niederem Rang ist und nur eine überlegene männliche Geburt das Potential zur Erleuchtung birgt. Dass es die Rolle der Frau ist, die Bedürfnisse des männlichen Übenden zu unterstützen und für ihn zu sorgen, damit er ein langes Leben hat und im Komfort praktizieren kann. Seufz..... Es gibt davon so wenige Ausnahmen, dass man Bücher über ihr Leben schreibt. Die Bekanntgabe vor kurzer Zeit, dass Seine Heiligkeit der Dalai Lama auch eine weibliche Wiedergeburt erwägen würde, kommt überraschend, wenn man die kulturelle Einstellung der Buddhisten bedenkt." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---
Mental sinking is an obstacle in meditation and the opposite of mental excitement. The mind wants to drift in a certain way so some antidote needs to be applied. Sometimes the mind drifts and like a little butterfly you dreamily fly to a flower, then think, “Oh, there is another nice flower over there. I think I’ll float over there and look at that.” This is done in a languid way, as though you were about to enter a dream state.
Mental sinking could also be the experience of heaviness in the body that is about to enter sleep. Sometimes from the far corner of the monastery we could hear snores coming from a monk and then everyone begins to titter. One of my American students was not feeling so well one day so she lay down behind the last row of students, and in fact she did start to snore.
You not have cold weather here in California, but people who come from cold cold weather know there is real danger in being exposed to extreme cold and begin to feel sleepy. If they cannot arouse them…
"Someone who is alive, but without outer perceptions, for example, in a coma, still maintains a perceptual link to this world. This is by means of their individual consciousness and interacting with not only their memories but possibly an interaction with the energy of this world that continues to feed their perceptions. This latter method produces a kind of dreamy aliveness that mixes ideas, memories, energetic aliveness of others and the world to interact, but not in such an alert way. When that perceptual web or dynamic is gone and the supporting physical structures such as brain functions and heart functions cannot sustain it, that person is said to die. In Buddhism, however, we take a larger view of the human life process, but not from the exclusive point of view of the physical being" ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~
"Menschen die lebendig aber ohne äussere Wahrnehmung sind, wie z.B. Komapatienten, erhalten trotzem eine wahrnehmende Verbindung zu dieser Welt aufrecht. Die…