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by dimeo
Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: natural Māla stringing material
Replies: 18
Views: 1735

Re: natural Māla stringing material

We happened to have a nice roll of black hemp string at my house. Wonderful stuff!
It doesn't stretch and is really strong.
by dimeo
Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:22 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Correct meditation/mindfulness
Replies: 9
Views: 1936

Re: Correct meditation/mindfulness

How are things going now as the months have passed? but sometimes I still notice thoughts is it normal to take that long to quiet the mind down? Experiences vary and we're all different, but I'd say yes, it's common to initially observe your mind being active, and that it takes time (and regular pra...
by dimeo
Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: vajratool mala by padmasambhava and gyatrul rinpoche
Replies: 67
Views: 8274

Re: vajratool mala by padmasambhava and gyatrul rinpoche

Well, I downloaded the book and was not thrilled to read "you can't simply receive a mala from someone else and just start using it." On one level this makes some sense... Maybe he's getting at the idea that one needs to appreciate and respect the mala to experience the full benefits. Say I give a ...
by dimeo
Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Trouble with meditation....
Replies: 14
Views: 2565

Re: Trouble with meditation....

Perhaps consider the questions: What do you ultimately practice mindfulness and meditation for? Is it for the benefit of yourself or others? To what purpose? I also like to go out and meditate in the park. Sometimes I feel a little self conscous about what these people around me might think. I've al...
by dimeo
Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:04 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: wallowing
Replies: 47
Views: 5603

Re: wallowing

Perhaps you can meditate and find some quiet stillness. Perhaps some insight may arise during this stillness. Allowing for 'suchness' and accepting 'things as they are' is part what we are learning through the darma teachings - is it not? You recognize your actions after the fact and feel regret? So...
by dimeo
Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Breath, time and longevity
Replies: 3
Views: 1022

Breath, time and longevity

I like how my mala beads act as a kind of simple timer and has helped me become more aware of time when meditating. The 'mala meditation timer' idea is simple: on average it will take you a certain amount of time to complete 108 breaths at a relaxed pace (or mantras or whatever). On my string of 54 ...
by dimeo
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: meditation help needed.
Replies: 17
Views: 1252

Re: meditation help needed.

What are you sitting on? Do you use a zafu and zabuton cushions to sit on? Something like that can make a huge difference! Agreed the stretching helps. Deep breathing as well, to relax the diaphragm. I often find that when I start to meditate I suddenly then become aware of all the tight muscles and...
by dimeo
Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to stop thinking negatively
Replies: 13
Views: 1808

Re: How to stop thinking negatively

One's own mind Wonderful! I like the examples and comparisons... like this part: Just as when a person whose turban or head was on fire would put forth extra desire, effort, diligence, endeavor, relentlessness, mindfulness, & alertness to put out the fire on his turban or head Hows that for motivat...
by dimeo
Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: samatha,experience,methods and also psychology of meditation
Replies: 4
Views: 687

Re: samatha,experience,methods and also psychology of medita

Certainly, both awareness and breathing are essential to being alive, or " awareness and breathing combined as one experience" as you put it. Shamatha and vipassana should both be practised and one is improved by the other. One explanation I've heard that makes sense to me is that shamatha practice ...
by dimeo
Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:15 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Malas - what do you think?
Replies: 42
Views: 6506

Re: Malas - what do you think?

I found using a mala to really help my practice. I'm really happy I got into using them. It's such a simple, basic, inexpensive thing in some ways, and super powerful at the same time. (Kind of like how a pencil is so basic and yet can do so much! ) It's a neat way to keep 'count' just by moving you...
by dimeo
Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What to do when depressed
Replies: 7
Views: 1597

Re: What to do when depressed

Be sure to include meditation in your list!!!
Studies have shown it has a powerful positive effects to help with depression!

:namaste:
by dimeo
Sat Aug 24, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Really stupid simple mala use question
Replies: 8
Views: 1460

Re: Really stupid simple mala use question

For some reason I naturally use both hands. I grasp with thumb and forefinger, the bead to either side of the 'current' bead I'm counting. The left holding the bead on that side and the right on that side. I then push the next bead from my right to my left. I seems natural because when I'm not using...
by dimeo
Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts by Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche)
Replies: 10
Views: 2308

Re: Texts by Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche)

Thanks everyone for the knowledgeable responses! It makes so much sense now, as at first I was rather confused by the obvious differences between the texts, and different titles. It makes much more sense now that I see how John M. Reynolds translation is an excerpt of the larger Bardo Thodol text. I...
by dimeo
Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts by Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche)
Replies: 10
Views: 2308

Re: Texts by Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche)

Thank you for your reply, I am familiar with kama and terma. My point is seeking answers to my questions of the post: is anyone is aware of any other translations, and what is the original source text for these two English books? THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE GREAT LIBERATION translated by W.Y.Evans-Wentz...
by dimeo
Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts by Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche)
Replies: 10
Views: 2308

Texts by Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche)

Does anyone know of any other translations into English of these two texts from the original source text? THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE GREAT LIBERATION or The Method of Realizing Nirvana through Knowing the Mind attributed to Guru Padmasambhava, translated by W.Y.Evans-Wentz. and SELF-LIBERATION THROUGH ...
by dimeo
Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Like a dog in the forest?
Replies: 44
Views: 2780

Re: Like a dog in the forest?

Thanks Muni, that quote led me to look more at Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. :twothumbsup: This 'dependently existent appearance-emptiness' is very much what I wish to find more teachings on. I liked this quote from him as well: LIVING AN APPEARANCE-EMPTINESS LIFE You know the supreme path that ...
by dimeo
Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Like a dog in the forest?
Replies: 44
Views: 2780

half baked ideas

I'll keep working on this, and hopefully someone can throw in their 2c? Seems like I'm spinning in circles. :shrug: Nagarjuna wrote: Whatever arises dependently / Is explained as empty. Thus dependent attribution / Is the middle way. Since there is nothing whatever / That is not dependently existent...
by dimeo
Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Who/what is the subject?
Replies: 23
Views: 2564

Re: Who/what is the subject?

To whom or what does mind belong? The mind-body writing this ... is there anyone or anything "at the helm?" Is there an owner, an overseer? If so, who or what? If not, what enables the complex act of writing thoughts to occur? And how can electrochemical impulses in a lump of flesh (brain) give ris...
by dimeo
Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Like a dog in the forest?
Replies: 44
Views: 2780

Like a dog in the forest?

I've been struggling with getting this idea of "coemergence" and how true nature of phenomena is emptiness. I would love any tips suggestions for further study. This quote really got me thinking about it: "But the appearance of things and their suchness-their reality, their emptiness-are not sequent...
by dimeo
Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Who/what is the subject?
Replies: 23
Views: 2564

Re: Who/what is the subject?

Great topic! I've had difficulty adjusting my brain to this as well. Buddha's heart sutra teaches that emptiness is the nature of all things: "form is emptiness and the very emptiness is form; emptiness does not differ from form, form does not differ from emptiness;" At times the mind seems to be un...

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