Bhutan and Crazy Wisdom

Dzogchen Practice – by HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The everyday practice of dzogchen is simply to develop a complete carefree acceptance, an openness to all situations without limit.

We should realize openness as the playground of our emotions and relate to people without artificiality, manipulation or strategy.

We should experience everything totally, never withdrawing into ourselves as a marmot hides in its hole.  This practice releases tremendous energy which is usually constricted by the process of maintaining fixed reference points.  Referentiality is the process by which we retreat from the direct experience of everyday life.

Being present in the moment may initially trigger fear.  But by welcoming the sensation of fear with complete openness, we cut through the barriers created by habitual emotional patterns.

When we engage in the practice of discovering space, we should develop the feeling of opening ourselves out completely to the entire universe. We should open ourselves with absolute simplicity and nakedness of mind. This is the powerful and ordinary practice of dropping the mask of self-protection.

When engaging in meditation practice, we should feel it to be as natural as eating, breathing and defecating.  It should not become a specialized or formal event, bloated with seriousness and solemnity.  We should realize that meditation transcends effort, practice, aims, goals and the duality of liberation and non-liberation.

The continual stream of new discovery, revelation and inspiration which arises at every moment is the manifestation of our clarity.  We should learn to see everyday life as mandala. The aspects of our mandala are the day-to-day objects of our life experience moving in the dance or play of the universe.

By this symbolism the inner teacher reveals the profound and ultimate significance of being.  Therefore we should be natural and spontaneous, accepting and learning from everything.  This enables us to see the ironic and amusing side of events that usually irritate us.

 

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Connecting the 4th and 5th Paramittas (November 15, 2012)

The 4th paramita, translated as “exertion, effort, energy and perseverance.”

From where do we summon the ‘energy’ to override our habit of wanting of doing what is familiar and comfortable? We know it takes more energy to do our behaviour differently – In this case interrupt our personalities momnentum.

 

How do we activate or engage with enough life force that we can overcome the resistance we may have to sitting down with ourselves?

  •  Then we need a context in which to focus the energy to work with the resistance that may arise once we are sitting down.
  •  Is it correct to think that it takes exertion, effort and energy to turn inward and examine our patterns of thinking?
  •  Ritual creates a container for that effort.
  •  Ritual is preparing our biology to notice the distinctions that matter in the situation we are engaging in.
  •  The ritual of sitting with mindfulness suspends our personalities habitual was of relating to the situation.

 

Meditation in this context is a ritual……

 

the 5th paramita – meditation.

How do you define meditation? – if someone asks you what do you say?

 

Here are some ideas that found:

Prayer is when you speak…Meditation is when you listen

 

Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s definition:
Bring the mind into the present by focusing it on the breath, and then make a calm, mindful analysis of the processes of the mind as they present themselves directly to immediate awareness

 

Finally, a definition that I love, is this of Zen master Dogen (13th century). Although he said it of enlightenment, it can be applied equally to meditation:
Meditation is to be intimate with all things.

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Fifth Paramita: Meditation November 1, 2012

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Exploring the 5th Paramita – Meditation

It seems committing to meditation is a brave thing to do. It means that we are willing to face into our selves. In sitting we have the chance to examine our narrow mindedness.

We have patterns of thinking – stories that prove that we are smart, attractive and altruistic. Stories that prove the opposite – that we are failures, unattractive – old, weak – and impoverished. We replay memories  – how badly we did or how well we did – or might have done.

When we do this – We miss the quality of light or sounds in the room. The feeling textures –cool, warm, sticky, thick or thinn……

If we are brave in our sitting we can notice that we are caught in the story and choose to continue or notice our posture, the quality of light or sounds in the room.

We could choose to engage in the stories of our teachers and inspirations. We could remember the feeling of their energy, their smile, how they engaged in everyday situations….. they could become our model.

To do this we need to be brave enough to look at our minds. To see how they repeat thoughts and make the big effort to choose…..

 

Bravery

“People have difficulty beginning a spiritual practice because they put a lot of energy into looking for the best and easiest way to get into it. We might have to change our attitude and give up looking for the best or the easiest way. Actually, there is no choice. Whatever approach we take, we will have to deal with what we are already. We have to look at who we are. According to the Buddhist tradition, the working basis of the path and the energy involved in the path is the mind—one’s own mind, which is working in us all the time.  – CTR

In considering the recent disaster in New Jersey and New York it brought the issue of loss.

Somehow loss implies the possibility of bravery –  are we brave enough to face into loss?

Verse #48 of the Tao –

The Student learns by daily increment.
The way is gained by daily loss,
Loss upon loss until
At last comes rest.

 

By letting go, it all gets done;
The world is won by those who let it go!
But when you try and try,
The world is then beyond the wining.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston Churchill

 

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ― Nelson Mandela

 

“We have to make a definite move to cross over the boundary from
cowardice to bravery. If we do so properly, the other side of our
cowardice contains bravery.” -CTR, Smile at Fear

Summary

So meditation is a way of bringing together generosity, discipline, patience and energy – the first 4 paramitas  – to address how we ignore the fact of impermanence and interconnectedness. If we are brave we can see it and make a different choice thousands of times.

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Mandela and Honesty: LE Center Meditation 2012-09-14

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Tolerance and Containment: LE Center Meditation 2012-08-31

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Success: LE Center Meditation 2012-08-18

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The Paramettas: LE Center Meditation 2012-08-04

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