#1 The four dharma seals as a transformative tool.
# 2 Like a golden swan in turbulent waters. Consider the precious nature of your human existence, with its freedom and assets.
#3 As We Breathe
As we Breathe
Karmapa Thaye Dorje
As we breathe, if we say that inhaling is life, then as we inhale we are doing just that.
As we breathe, if we say that exhaling is death, then as we exhale we are doing just that.
But just because exhaling is death, it doesn’t mean that we should stop exhaling.
That act of panic itself would be unnatural.
As we breathe out and let go of life, it comes back.
Death might seem final, but just as there are long inhalations, there are long exhalations, and there is nothing else.
Both the aspects of breathing are interdependent.
They always were.
So there is nothing permanent.
Our natural body and mind knows this without any external input.
That’s how our heroes, the doctors and nurses, and the whole medical establishment, are able to care for all the patients.
Sure, they have fear and panic: they are sane.
But when they find a way to accept reality – which is change – their courage and their love take over their panic and fear, and with only one focus they go with the flow of what’s happening to the patients and do what they can.
So kindly breathe, my dear ones.
Breathe without fear.
You are breathing with me and I am breathing with you.
#4 Intention and Motivation. Let’s sit in silence together.
#5 Karma and Change
A meditation on karma and change by Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa.
“Owning your own karma, by saying ‘it’s your own doing,’ is simply one way of talking about karma. The concepts of time, self and language used in ‘it’s your own doing’ play a powerful part in describing karma. In fact, with the tools we have, we have no other way but to describe it in this way. It is as though there was an ‘I’ that caused something in the past to result in this present experience, in a linear way. But that’s just a way of explaining it – nothing more… ” More
#6 Ground, Path and Fruition
” Through the nature of the ground, the two truths free from the extremes of eternalism and nihilism,
And the supreme path, the two accumulations free from the limits of exaggeration and denigration,
We attain the fruition of the two benefits free from the extremes of existence and peace –
May we connect with such a teaching free from deviation and error.
Karmapa Rangjung Dorje in: Prayer of Mahamudra
#7 When the world is full of adversity, transform them into the the path of Bodhi
Nothing is Born or Perishes
But things that already exist combine and then separate again.
The key to the practice of Tonglen is in the transmutation, between inhalation and exhalation.
Grasping the substantial reality of the self of phenomena and the self of the individual leads to a reification of the process and thereby prohibits transmutation. The giving and taking remains constrained by the usual dualistic perception.
#8 Inner and outer resolution. Benevolence and Wisdom.
“…Let the deep keening winds, the sighing reeds,
Let the light balm you blow through cliff and grove,
Let all that is beheld or heard or breathed
Say only “they did love.”
Caminante, son tus huellas el camino,
y nada más;
caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
Al andar se hace camino,
y al volver la vista atrás
se ve la senda que nunca se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante, no hay camino, sino estelas en la mar.
― Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla
Traveler, there is no path.
The path is made by walking.
Traveler, the path is your tracks
And nothing more.
Traveler, there is no path
The path is made by walking.
By walking you make a path
And turning, you look back
At a way you will never tread again
Traveler, there is no road
Only wakes in the sea.
To further the reflection on the perception of oneself and the world:
The discussion is in French, but if you click on the setting icon, you can select the subtitles in English or in Spanish.
#9 Aspiration & Dedication
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following meditation on the eve of Vesak 2020.
When it comes to becoming a Buddha, when it comes to blossoming into a Buddha, aspiration is a beautiful way to seed this state of Buddhahood.
To be a ‘Buddha’ is to be awakened.
To be more precise, if we split this method or vehicle of aspiration in half, the two parts can be understood as:
The 1st half is སྨོན་ལམ། (smon lam). ‘Monlam’ is the Tibetan term for aspiration, ‘praṇidhāna’ in Sanskrit.
The 2nd half is བསྔོ་བ། (bsngo ba). ‘Ngowa’ is the Tibetan term for dedication, ‘pariṇāma’ in Sanskrit.
‘Monlam’ is like inhaling and ‘Ngowa’ is like exhaling.
Just like breathing, it is most natural…
#10 Post Confinement/Meditation Activities
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