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    OMGURU - Spiritual

    Wednesday
    Dec182013

    The Stages of Enlightenment

    The Stages of Enlightenment

    Part #1: [Shamata means stop everything]

    Realize Every Single Thought Which Arises in Your Head

    1A:
    Continue realizing your thoughts, once you realize all your thoughts
    instead of engaging in them emotionally, you start to become less and less emotional

    1B:
    Your thoughts become like a river stream, yet you have no emotional responses what so ever

    1C:
    When the event happens its like a waterfall falling into you, but you are completely seperare from it
    [Also almost devoid of emotional responses.
    Your thought is your thought and your mind is your mind

    1D:
    At this time the waterwall continues, but your is still



    Part #2:
    Visspana
     [Seek and view]:

    Now that your thoughts are empty you begin to look for your true self. [who am I, what I am, where am i], then an answer comes and you go to the
    next stage. Other meditations and techniques.


    Part #3:

    Realize the nature of empty.


    Part#4
    Rezlize what the Buddha nature is.

    Part #5:
    Then you become constantly aware of it at all times.

    Part #6
    Continuious remove and eilimnate human obsqurations and afflictions.

     

    By STBBDUDE

    Sunday
    Apr032011

    Smoke Fortune Offering

    Last night my Buddhist group held a "Smoke Offering" which is a Buddhist practice designed to increase fortune and merits by sending special offerings in to the spiritual world so that all the spirits including those who may possibly seek to hinder our progress are given what they feel they need in a spiritual form, and then they turn from a blocking force to many times a supportive force.

     

    All the local spirits, gods, Bodhisattva’s, and Buddha's in the area (universe?) were also offered to sincerely as well.

    May we all have a fortune and meritorious start to April!

     

    PS: For more information on practices and General Buddhist questions please feel free to email me and I will email my teachers and Guru's on your behalf.

     

    With Loving Kindness,


     

    Sunday
    Mar132011

    Samatha Meditation - Learning To Calm and Quiet my Mind

    My teacher tells me the first stage of meditation should be "Samatha Meditation" which from my understanding means to quiet and calm my mind. A single minded concentration on single points were the exercises I was given to work on this. For a year and a half I had a small light shaped like an incense stick I would just sit in the classic cross legged position and focus on it and then try to think of nothing else. In the beginning this was uncomfortable and while I still have a fairly anxious over active mind I would say it is much better. I am realizing more and more that all the thoughts, things, places and people which I feel have to be contemplated on right now are really just the restless energy of my mind. I think to myself that in the end the most important thing is the state and strength of my own mind; Samatha meditation I am told helps. Ultimately what's in my mind and heart, and having loving kindness for all beings is the fuel for my own spiritual growth.

    Last year I received another exercise which was to do deep breathing and focus on my lower Dantian which is another form of the Samantha Meditation and also helps build up my chi as well.

    I believe after a few more years of these types of meditations I will be ready for the next type of meditation which is Vipassanā or to examine yourself, but without a properly trained and calm mind I am told this 2nd level of meditation will not have the intended effect.

    PS: I would like to hear what your experiences with meditation are too!

     


     

    Tuesday
    Feb222011

    I'm sort of confused about the idea of detachment in Buddhism?

    I'm sort of confused about the idea of detachment in Buddhism?

    What does it mean to be detached in a Buddhist sense?

    To me, it means you don't care about anything, but if that were true of Buddhism, it would be pointless to care about reaching enlightenment or helping others to end their suffering.

    Does it just mean that you don't love any one thing or person more than anything else?

    I don't know if I could get used to that idea. The only things I really care about are my pets, and I don't know if I could just not love them anymore...

    So, could anyone help me out with this?

     

    Ans by stbb;

    What causes you to be happy or unhappy?  We human beings mistakenly thinking to get things is the cause of all happiness; so we spend 95% of our life, time and efforts to get what we think will give us happiness, the remaining 5% maybe used to take care our survival needs, like going to bathroom, drinking liquid, eat food and sleep.

    To understand what happiness is we must examine what is the Nature of Suffering? Not the other way around! Unlike another answerer, he seems to have read Buddhism books, yet he didn't fully understand the true teaching or theories of Buddhism. He assumes Buddhism is the teaching of understand of Suffering, and therefore he assumes that happiness is an illusion.

    We must understand the Nature of Suffering is not our main concern; rather it is the byproduct of our activities in pursuing the Happiness. It is true, most people confuse getting their desires fulfilled as happiness; if that is the case then this mundane happiness is truly an illusion as this answerer said. But the happiness in Buddhism I am talking about is, “Nirvana is Happiness”; the ultimate happiness that is every bit real, therefore the pursuing of Happiness is the ultimate teaching in Buddhism.

    Whereas some people dwell in getting their mundane desires fulfilled, and then they are disappointed when they failed and can’t have their cake and eat it too; they get distraught, bent out of shape, become upset and unhappy, then this is truly suffering for them. So therefore we must learn to be detached from the outcomes of the activities of getting our desires fulfilled.

    Many things we hold dear to our heart in this Samsara world are love, friendship, companionship, money, wealth, cars and houses,… etc.; but they are merely illusions of this life. You may have all of the above as your processions for a while, or for a long time, or even for the rest of your life; but in the end there is nothing you truly gain or can truly held on to for eternity, as all things are impermanent. 

    You will die, your wealth can be lost, and your lover can fall out of love with you, your body and all things materials will fall apart. When you die, all things you process will left behind, nothing you have can be taken with you. In the final end, what is there for you? And what is truly everlasting?

    For most, obtaining things are happiness and losing things are suffering; as humans we get some and we lose some. If we have the attitude of detachment; if we can get what we want we can be happy and enjoy them; or if we lost them we might be upset for a bit but it won’t be caused extreme Suffering.

    Therefore Buddhism teachings suggest that we carry out our life with the attitude of detachment; then we won’t be extremely upset when we experience pain and suffering; and if we do get what we want, we won’t be overly exuberant and develop fear of losing what we have obtained, which then would turn into a type of suffering again.

    How do we develop detachment, an attitude of Non- attachment? First we need to examine what is the motive of why we need something, or why do we want them dearly; then we analyze do we really need it badly or it was just a momentarily passion? After a logical analysis we may come to conclusion that a particular attachment is an unnecessary passion of our needy mind, and we can logically write it off and cross off the attachment. The attachment to that particular passion will fade like last year’s rose. This process is by logical deduction in Buddhism.

    Any other way is more difficult for book Buddhists, and that is where you need training in real practices of meditation and Yoga Tantra, which cannot be done without a teacher. As we practice we come to realization of impermanence, all material and solid things fade into nothingness, so do our wrongful passions and attachments. In time you come to realize the 4 Noble Truths; then realizing the urgency of limited time in our life and what we can do to leave a mark or to obtain a permanence is more important than a trivial passions and attachments

     

     

    Sunday
    Feb062011

    Dying Well According To Tibetan Buddhism

    We all want to live well, yet how many of us think about dying well. It's a subject that is somewhat taboo and makes people uncomfortable many times, but it's one that the sooner we face it, the sooner we can do something to make it more comfortable.

    Being a 10 year practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism myself I can share my teacher has told me that all of my practice is really for the last five minutes of my life. I completely have come to agree, and I also feel learning to face my own death and that I developed beliefs that comfort me about what comes afterwards has made all the difference.

    I have been reading a great book over the last few years and it's called "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" by Sogyal Rinpoche.

    This book is so touching to me in the lessons it speaks of regarding having love and compassion for all the beings of the universe, and how to live in a deep and serene way and also how to face death with courage and wisdom. The book gives wonderful and practical examples on how to train ourselves for the easiest transition possible and more over how to be of use to our fellow beings in their transition to what comes next. I am learning that service to others is one of the great sources of our own happiness and salvation.

    To get your copy of this wonderful book click the link below.

     

    PS: I would love to compare notes once you have read this wonderful book, so feel free to contact me with your questions and comments.