Greetings Bodhi Seeds!
A couple of videos from Belgrade Bodhi Path featuring our dear friend Pamela Gayle White! Enjoy!
28 Apr 2014 1 Comment
Greetings Bodhi Seeds!
04 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
In the ten minutes before 6 a.m., when New York outside is still dark and frozen, I am pajama-clad and in semi-lotus in my bedroom, perched on a rigid pillow atop a tufted chaise. My palms face upward on my knees. My gaze is downcast and just slightly forward, resting lightly on precarious piles of DVDs and a mad crumple of laundry. But I am not thinking about the dated messiness of my stuff, the slight chill from the window, the creaky inflexibility of my hips, the dryness of my hands, the irrefutable fact that it is still really, really early in the morning. I am counting my cycles of breath. I am silently offering compassion to my mentors and children. I am watching my concerns about love and commitment bubble up and deflate. I am summoning my many to-do lists and then dismissing them. I am counting even more cycles of breath. I am striving for self-awareness. I am waiting for my iPhone to make the sound of a glockenspiel.
02 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
“If you consider mindfulness as a means of having a lot of money, then you have not touched its true purpose,” he says. “It may look like the practise of mindfulness but inside there’s no peace, no joy, no happiness produced. It’s just an imitation. If you don’t feel the energy of brotherhood, of sisterhood, radiating from your work, that is not mindfulness.”
As he puts it: “If you’re happy, you cannot be a victim of your happiness. But if you’re successful, you can be a victim of your success.”
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02 Apr 2014 1 Comment
in Uncategorized Tags: Buddha, Buddha Pureland, Buddhism, Colossal, dharma practice, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, limitless possibilities, Pamela Gayle White, Pasadena Bodhi Path, Pure Imagination, Samantabhadra's Aspiration Prayer, Sandcastles, The Creators Project, Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho
I discovered some time ago, through dharma practice, the limitless possibilities and potential of our experience. Before this, although I thought I felt this way I didn’t realize the limitations I was subtly applying through conceptualizing and labeling. When there was finally a glimpse of this, I noticed I really began to relax, and as Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche would say, began to have fun.
Studying Dharma texts can sometimes bring us to a point of, “Uhhh, hummm. Is this really possible?” At the beginning this was a common occurrence for me. But I followed my teacher’s advice and would keep an open mind. A very wide open mind. And would just say a mantra, “Why not?” And continued. I remember she said, “Asking why creates more concepts.” Or the potential to create more concepts. One might say this is crucial to developing discriminating mind. Personally, this is probably the very reason I am on the path, because of a certain question I asked at a very young age.
So now with this openness that seems, relatively speaking, to be a by-product of practice and meditation I’ve been most delighted and joyfully surprised when I have encountered phenomena that correlates somewhat, for me, with the teachings.
Here is a wonderful example of this. Sandcastles made on a grain of sand! Check out the video! Truly amazing. E ma ho!
Atop one particle, as many Buddhas as particles
are settled amidst Bodhisattvas, their spiritual heirs.
Thus Dharmadhatu, the entire sphere of being,
abounds with the Buddhas that I have envisioned.
– From Samantabhadra’s Aspiration Prayer.
If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
– Pure Imagination, from Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Samantabhadra’s Aspiration Prayer translated under the guidance of Shamar Rinpoché by Pamela Gayle White.
Available for free download.