Sharing Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition, but not slavishly so.
The Shock of Regret
Did you ever accidentally spill water or a cup of nice hot coffee on your computer? Do you remember what went through your mind at that moment? Perhaps it was horror and instant regret for the loss of important data that was not backed up.
This could be a small taste of the shock of regret we might experience at the end of our life for what is about to disappear. We will need a firm connection to our next way of being as soon as possible as well as holding few regrets so that our passing away from the human realm can be more skillful. ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~~
"Hast Du je versehentlich Wasser oder eine schöne, heiße Tasse Kaffee über Deinen Computer gekippt? Erinnerst Du Dich, was Dir in dem Moment durch den Kopf ging? Vielleicht war es Horror oder ein sofortiges Bedauern über den Verlust wichtiger Daten, die nicht abgespeichert waren. Dies könnte ein kleiner Vorgeschmack auf den Schock oder das Bedauern sein, welche wir vielleicht am Ende unseres Lebens über das verspüren, was gleich verschwinden wird. Wir brauchen dann so schnell wie möglich eine feste Verbindung zur kommenden Form unseres Seins und wir sollten nur wenig Bedauern verspüren, damit unser Weitergehen aus dem menschlichen Bereich kunstfertiger verlaufen kann." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---
Let's do the right thing because it's the right thing to do! ~DGR ~~~
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…