Song from Seven Circles

Seven Circles Retreat

Up early each day – meditation, chanting, Feldenkrais, and napping

Om Mani Padme Hung

Overcoming many obstacles, we gather here in Seven Circles for retreat

The gong is a tattle tale – it told on you

Oh, Ngondro, you cracked me wide open

The strong arms of the chant lift me, my sangha, brothers and sisters hold me

Buddha Nature prevails

Love, kindness, discipline, perseverance, awareness, and insight

Chanting and rolling dharma bundles

An oriole shoots by…enlightenment

Noble silence, noble speech

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ho

Sweat rolls down my back as I dive into the linoleum

Gasping for breath, walking among the giant trees with my friends

Making offerings at Big Baldy

Mt. Meru insight prayers

By the circle of tall trees

Gurgle, gurgle, gurgle, ribbit, ribbit

We grew like hairs on Big Baldy

Reversing time – finding the present moment – going backwards

High Ngondro, starring Cary Grant me your blessings

Trying hard not to break noble silence – epic fail

Who are the three families and do they have anything to do with the five families?

Fail, fail again, fail better

Hope you fail better soon!

Surrendering concepts in devotion, to the teacher who teaches devotion, to the teacher I take refuge

Beloved sons and daughters of the Kagyu lineage – nevertheless you might feel like a stepchild

Gurgle, gurgle, ribbit, ribbit

Rooster, cow, chicken

Om Svasti Shamar Rinpoche – we follow you

You are all masters, just open your eyes – I can’t – it’s too bright!

Would it help to put on sunglasses?

What are we supposed to be doing?

Just stay awake

A road to Badger, feeling anxious

Seeking Buddha – oh, he’s already here

Let the mantras roll

Now my life has become fruitful

I heard about the five colors of emanating light, I need four more flashlights

Breakfast, lunch, dinner – grateful for the earth, grateful for the hands

Nevertheless she cooks

My heart does a gentle dance with time – mine asks to cut in

From the country road, Maria brings wildflowers to the altar

Take me home country road……

Bodhi Path Poem – June 2017  Seven Circles Retreat Center – Composed by the refugees

The Four Thoughts – Khaydroup & César visit Long Beach Meditation

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Khaydroup and Cesar gave a Dharma talk focusing on “The Four Thoughts That Turn The Mind From Samsara.”

Now’s the Time – César visits Long Beach Meditation

Cesar visits Long Beach Meditation

César visits Long Beach Meditation

 

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Pure Imagination

A Buddha's Pureland

A Buddha’s Pureland

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?
There’s nothing
To it

– 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.
http://www.bodhipath.org/sangcho_monlam/