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Need some calm in your life?  Feeling spiritually dissatisfied? Maybe it’s your job, city, love life. Maybe the world is out of whack—politically, economically, or environmentally. Maybe it’s the constant barrage of information and shallow exchanges you face spending hours each day online. Maybe it’s just the human condition. The reasons don’t matter. As with just about every other problem in the digital age, a technological solution is available for a price. Relaxation? Focus? Enlightenment? There’s an app for that.

 

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Bodhisattva Ninja Turtle

Not for Happiness

Not for Happiness

I noticed a friend last night at our meditation group reading this book at the break. It was a book I had given him a few months ago. Another friend, who I had also given a copy to, also noticed and a short discussion began about the book. I loved the book. For me, a good kick in the ass when needed. For my friends, a little bit of a demanding read. The title itself shatters whatever grand illusions we have of a spiritual practice. Not for Happiness. Happiness seekers need not apply. But as my teacher said last night, relative happiness. Conditioned happiness. So, for awakening, for enlightenment, for the benefit of beings, should be, I believe, our motivation. Our intention. It is mine for sure. And still a work in progress. My teacher Shamar Rinpoche, a great master who we lost last year, said this to me many years ago when he noticed my urgency in wanting results from practice, “Be like the tortoise, not the rabbit.” I have cherished that teaching ever since. It continually reminds me that it is not necessarily speed, but consistent determination that will benefit us on the path. I also realized this morning that Rinpoche was advising me in the ways of a bodhisattva.

Shantideva says,

“For those who wish to go across the water,
 May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.”

Even a turtle.

Sarva Mangalam

Bodhisattva Ninja Turtle

Bodhisattva Ninja Turtle

Using Habit Against Itself 

Each step may seem to take forever, but no matter how uninspired you feel, continue to follow your practice schedule precisely and consistently. This is how we can use our greatest enemy, habit, against itself.

– Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, “Tortoise Steps”

New from “Off the Cushion” in the Spring 2015 Issue of Tricycle

Spring 2015 Issue

Spring 2015 Issue

Dear friends,

If you are a member of Tricycle magazine, please check out the new article “Alleviating Suffering” in the Spring 2015 issue by one of Bodhi Path’s own, dharma teacher Pamela Gayle White.

Here’s the link to the online article:

http://www.tricycle.com/cushion/alleviating-suffering

If you don’t have a subscription, you can pick up an issue at your local newsstand!

You can also download a previous article from the Winter 2014 issue, “Bedside Bodhisattva“,

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/73714044/BedsideBodhisattva.pdf

And if you are already a member, don’t forget to join the discussion online! Share your thoughts about the article by posting a comment and have a dialog with the online community and Pamela!

Best wishes!
cesar

Pamela Gayle White is a dharma teacher and translator in the Bodhi Path network and a Tricycle contributing editor. She is a chaplain resident at the University of Virginia Medical Center, “on sabbatical” from her regular activities.

Much Ado About Mindfulness

Mindfulness in the Media

Mindfulness in the Media

There is a wonderful article on the Tricycle blog regarding mindfulness meditation and its portrayal in the media.

Don’t Believe the Hype

Neuroscientist Catherine Kerr is concerned about how mindfulness meditation research is being portrayed in the media.

http://www.tricycle.com/blog/don%E2%80%99t-believe-hype

Meditating for some time now, personally, I have found it to be the most essential practice for well-being of body and mind. But I have been concerned about all the mainstream media attention it has received of late. Not because I doubt its benefits, but because as the title of the article puts very well, “Don’t believe the hype.”

One needs to put it into practice, and experience the results for themselves. To package it as the cure-all like some carpetbagger from the Old West selling an elixir merely dilutes the immense benefits of mindfulness practice. It seems to be reinforcing the state of mind that one is cultivating to abandon, hope and fear. Expectations.
What I enjoy the most about science is that one can see, through observation and analysis, (mindfulness, insight) that their is nothing fixed. Static. Science concludes with a plausibility as it gets close to the nitty-gritty, because everything is in constant flux. In dependence.

So for the benefit of all sentient beings, my wishes that these practices continue to benefit all who have the good conditions and a favorable state of mind, to enjoy all the benefits it has been labeled to produce. Cheers!

– cesar

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