Sharing Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition, but not slavishly so.
Been thinking about others. There certainly are alot of them if you look at it one way but there are different ways also. It's human nature to put others into classifications: family, loved ones, friends, enemies, countrymen, them, us.
Each way brings some benefit and some sufferings. Even the best of relationships with others will change or end. Even the worst of relationships can teach us something.
The dharma gives us a new view of others, simply called "all others" to avoid classifying. ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~~
"Ich habe über die Anderen nachgedacht. Sicher gibt es, auf eine Weise betrachtet, viele von ihnen, aber man kann es auch anders sehen. Es ist unsere menschliche Natur, andere in Untergruppen einzuteilen: Familie, Nahestehende, Freunde, Feinde, Landsleute, sie, wir.
Jede davon bringt uns einige Vorteile und einiges Leid. Selbst unsere allerbeste Beziehung mit Anderen wird sich verändern oder ein Ende nehmen. Selbst die schlimmste Beziehung kann uns etwas lehren.
Das Dharma gibt uns eine neue Sichtweise der Anderen, die man einfach 'alle Anderen' nennt, um zu vermeiden, sie in Untergruppen einzuteilen." - 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…