Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

General forum on the teachings of all schools of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Topics specific to one school are best posted in the appropriate sub-forum.
Post Reply
User avatar
Josef
Posts: 2260
Joined: Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:44 pm
Contact:

Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by Josef » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:13 pm

Hi all,
I had the idea that it might be nice to use the board for a collective practice support thread and that a good way to structure it may be the Seven Branches.
We can use this space to make confessions, rejoice, request teachers to remain and teach etc.

Approach now, gurus, devas, and dakinis:
Take your seats on these cushions of lotus, sun and moon.
We offer homage, while devotion fills our body, speech and mind.
We make offerings, outer, inner and secret.
We confess all impairments and breakages of vows, all our harmful actions and obscurations.
We rejoice that the secret mantrayana is being accomplished in practice.
We request you to turn the wheel of the secret mantra teachings, which ripen and liberate.
Remain with us without passing into nirvana, we pray.
We dedicate all merit so that sentient beings attain the essence of enlightenment.
May we all realize our true vajra nature!
Kye ma!
The river of continuity is marked by impermanence.
Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
Beautiful and repulsive.
The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
With gratitude the watcher and the watched pass through the barrier of duality.

User avatar
Josef
Posts: 2260
Joined: Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:44 pm
Contact:

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by Josef » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:16 pm

Ill kick it off.

Last night while playing Dungeons and Dragons I had a lapse of mindfulness and spoke harshly with my partner.
It was unskillful and unbecoming of a practitioner of Mahayana and lead to an argument and suffering.
I confess this lapse to the three jewels publicly and wholeheartedly in an effort to purify negativity and cultivate virtue.
Kye ma!
The river of continuity is marked by impermanence.
Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
Beautiful and repulsive.
The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
With gratitude the watcher and the watched pass through the barrier of duality.

User avatar
Queequeg
Global Moderator
Posts: 6489
Joined: Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:24 pm

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by Queequeg » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:19 pm

A confession thread could get interesting...

Where do I start? Do you have a few days?
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
-Ayacana Sutta

User avatar
Josef
Posts: 2260
Joined: Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:44 pm
Contact:

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by Josef » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:44 pm

Queequeg wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:19 pm
A confession thread could get interesting...

Where do I start? Do you have a few days?
I bet we could set a record for the longest thread.
Kye ma!
The river of continuity is marked by impermanence.
Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
Beautiful and repulsive.
The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
With gratitude the watcher and the watched pass through the barrier of duality.

User avatar
Sennin
Posts: 742
Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:19 am

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by Sennin » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:01 am

Sometimes I loose my patience. :emb:
I'm working on it though.
Namo Guru Bhyaḥ

User avatar
Johnny Dangerous
Global Moderator
Posts: 8443
Joined: Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:58 pm
Location: Olympia WA
Contact:

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by Johnny Dangerous » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:49 am

I'm angry a lot. I've managed to keep it from spilling out onto others most of the time, but every now that and then I yell at my kids or get in some inane argument with my wife. Lately I speak harshly towards others when they can't hear it. usually irrational stuff in traffic jams and whatnot.
"it must be coming from the mouthy mastermind of raunchy rapper, Johnny Dangerous”

-Jeff H.

Motova
Posts: 1233
Joined: Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:05 pm

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by Motova » Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:07 am

I criticized my Vajra Sister about not caring about her vows or samayas through facebook messenger recently (I have learned one should just politely ignore and avoid such people).

I have been very critical and harsh to people for most of my life, specifically my parents.

I don't practice enough as I should.

I also have a really bad habit of rationalizing non-virtue.
To become a rain man one must master the ten virtues and sciences.

User avatar
javier.espinoza.t
Posts: 976
Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:29 am
Location: Chile

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by javier.espinoza.t » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:29 am

i have forced my father to be humil and less arrogant by forcing him to ask me for help. it's too rude from my part...

i have insulted my mom once... i regret that

i have being harsh to a vajra sister by means of pointig defects

i have strikened an uknown cat that was sneaking inside the house

i have eaten a poisonus bug's head that threatened me

i have done so many stupidities...
what are you doing

User avatar
weitsicht
Posts: 286
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:47 pm
Location: Right Here and Now

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by weitsicht » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:10 pm

I abhor my body for the allergic reactions and pain it causes me
This morning I killed some 30-40 greenflies for some vain rose petals to become
My mind is as dull as an animal for incredibly many and long times day by day and night by night
I incline to the fetter of sleep

I confess these lapse to the three jewels publicly and wholeheartedly in an effort to purify negativity and cultivate virtue.
Ho! All the possible appearances and existences of samsara and nirvana have the same source, yet two paths and two results arise as the magical display of awareness and unawareness.
HO NANG SRI KHOR DAE THAMCHE KUN ZHI CHIG LAM NYI DRAE BU NYI RIG DANG MA RIG CHOM THRUL TE

User avatar
Josef
Posts: 2260
Joined: Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:44 pm
Contact:

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by Josef » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:39 pm

Thank you all for your contributions thus far.
Its humbling to witness your honesty.
Kye ma!
The river of continuity is marked by impermanence.
Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
Beautiful and repulsive.
The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
With gratitude the watcher and the watched pass through the barrier of duality.

User avatar
weitsicht
Posts: 286
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:47 pm
Location: Right Here and Now

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by weitsicht » Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:29 am

Josef wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:16 pm
Last night while playing Dungeons and Dragons I had a lapse of mindfulness and spoke harshly with my partner.
Reminds me of this guy -'meditating with PS2'
https://thenewheretics.wordpress.com/page/1/
Ho! All the possible appearances and existences of samsara and nirvana have the same source, yet two paths and two results arise as the magical display of awareness and unawareness.
HO NANG SRI KHOR DAE THAMCHE KUN ZHI CHIG LAM NYI DRAE BU NYI RIG DANG MA RIG CHOM THRUL TE

User avatar
Josef
Posts: 2260
Joined: Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:44 pm
Contact:

Re: Seven Branches-Practice Support Thread

Post by Josef » Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:27 pm

weitsicht wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:29 am
Josef wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:16 pm
Last night while playing Dungeons and Dragons I had a lapse of mindfulness and spoke harshly with my partner.
Reminds me of this guy -'meditating with PS2'
https://thenewheretics.wordpress.com/page/1/
Haha!
The ethical quandaries of DND are no joke!
Kye ma!
The river of continuity is marked by impermanence.
Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
Beautiful and repulsive.
The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
With gratitude the watcher and the watched pass through the barrier of duality.

Post Reply

Return to “Mahāyāna Buddhism”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 43 guests