Sharing Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition, but not slavishly so.
Fear of Death and Podcast: Semi-professional Worriers
Whether we love others a little or love others alot.. there are compassion practices suitable for each stage of our development
If we wait until everything is perfect and finished before retreat, that is not possible. We need to find temporary closure so that we can lay our responsibilities aside for a short while
When we think coolly about end of life, we might arrive at some quite reasonable and logical conclusions, such as understanding that the death rate is still 100%! We might reverse our fear of death and other attitudes, thinking instead that the problem is not that we are going to die, because each of us will die. The problem becomes how shall we live? ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~~
"Wenn wir gelassen über das Lebensende nachdenken, gewinnen wir vielleicht die vernünftige und logische Einsicht, dass die Todesrate nach wie vor 100% beträgt! Wir könnten unsere Furcht vor dem Tod und andere Einstellungen umkehren und st...attdessen denken, dass das Problem nicht daraus besteht, dass wir sterben werden, weil wir ja alle sterben werden. Das Problem lautet dann: Wie sollen wir leben?" - Domo Geshe Rinpoche
"Quand nous pensons froidement à la fin de la vie, nous pourrions arriver à des conclusions assez logiques et raisonables, telle que comprendre que le taux de la mort reste 100 % ! Nous pourrions inverser notre peur de la mort et les autres attitudes, en pensant à la place que le problème n'est que nous allons mourir, parce que chacun de nous va mourir. Le problème devient : comment devons nous vivre ?" ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~
You can certainly read about Buddhism and develop an admiration of the benefits of awakening and how the great masters of the past and present trained. This is correct reasoning. Request formal refuge as a vow to achieve that state yourself instead of only reading about it.
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…