Sharing Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition, but not slavishly so.
Does Spirituality Bring Meaning to Life? Really?
There is a generally held view that spirituality is what brings meaning to life. I’m having a hard time getting my mind around this: the commonly held view that is taught and permeates, is that….. well, see, what confuses me is trying to experience spirituality using worldly values. Some might say that their car is their spirituality because it brings meaning to their life, or a hobby, which brings meaning by collecting objects. I would not call that spirituality, but rather a shallow substitute for the spirituality that leads to awakening. I don’t think getting caught up in the excitement of collecting Hummel statues type spirituality is what gives enduring meaning to life. ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~
"Es gibt die verbreitete Ansicht, dass Spiritualität dem Leben Sinn verleiht. Für mich ist das schwer zu begreifen: die allgemeine Sichtweise, die gelehrt wird und Alles durchdringt, ist dass... nun, seht ihr, es verwirrt mich, wenn ich versuche Spiritualität zu erleben, indem ich weltliche Werte ansetze. Vielleicht behaupten Einige, dass ihr Auto ihre Spiritualität verkörpert, weil es ihrem Leben Sinn gibt, oder ein Hobby bei dem man Dinge sammelt, schenkt Jemandem Sinn. Ich würde das nicht Spiritualität nennen, sondern einen oberflächlichen Ersatz für die Spiritualität, die zur Erleuchtung führt. Ich glaube nicht, dass man einen dauerhaften Lebenssinn erfährt, wenn man sich in der Art von Spiritualität verfängt, die sich für das Sammeln von Hummelfiguren begeistert." - 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…
What are humans made of? ..... the track the bird leaves in the sky, the reflection of the moon in still water, the sound of a bell after it has ended.... that is what humans are made of.. ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~
"Woraus sind Menschen gemacht?.... aus der Spur, die der Vogel am Himmel zurück lässt, dem Spiegelbild des Mondes im stillen Wasser, dem Klang der Glocke nach dem Verklingen..... daraus sind Menschen gemacht." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---
Our pets love to be around the juicy meditation energies but they are also unpredictable. They can jump up, bark or meow at any time, and if that should occur while we are in a delicate place, they could cause an energy accident. They can sit on us any old time but it is not a good idea during serious meditation. ( I am pretty sure that many will object to this idea, but it is well considered and presented to you with trepidation.) ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~
"Unsere Haustiere lieben es, bei den reizvollen Energien der Meditation anwese…