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Advayavada Study Plan – week 49

[Advayavada Study Plan – week 49] In weeks 40 to 44 we again treated the preliminary subjects, in week 45 we again honestly took stock of, and responsibility for, our personal situation (first step on the Noble Eightfold Path), in week 46 we again took an appropriate and timely decision to adjust our course (second step), in week 47 we again put our decision and improved objective in writing as precisely as possible (third step), in week 48 we further developed our very best attitude to carry out our improved objective (fourth step), and, to continue with this quarter’s 13-week Advayavada Study Plan, this week we shall implement our improved way of doing things as best as possible, bearing in mind that truly commendable undertakings are only those which are in agreement with wondrous overall existence and take us forward at the fundamental level of our life. This task is based on the fifth step on the Noble Eightfold Path: samma-ajiva (in Pali) or samyag-ajiva (in Sanskrit); in Advayavada Buddhism’s personalized usage: our very best implementation, realization or putting into practice; in Dutch: onze beste uitvoering (de vijfde stap op het edele achtvoudige pad).

The depth of silence

Zen Flash

“Let silence take you to the core of life.”

~Rumi

Tao & Zen

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“Un-becoming”

Zen Flash

 “We grow up to believe that we are supposed to somehow “become” who we are meant to be through the trial-by-fire that is life here on planet Earth. Reality is… there’s no “becoming”. It’s actually all an “un-becoming”, only to reunite with who you were born to be in the first place before society told you otherwise.”

~ Jennifer Sodini
The Unity Tree: A Whimsical Muse on Cosmic Consciousness

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Empty your heart of ignorance

Zen Flash

If you want wisdom, empty your heart of ignorance. If you want contentment, empty your heart of greed. If you want serenity, empty your heart of ill will.

~Buddha

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Mind Full or Mindful?

There is nothing wrong with you at all

Zen Flash

“What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all.”

Alan Watts

15 Profound Awakening Quotes From Alan Watts

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To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past

Zen Flash

 “To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past, or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future… The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

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Integral Spirituality, Circling and the Evolution of Consciousness

Integral Praxis

In listening to an audiobook on comparative spirituality I realized that I would like to bring Applied Integral Theory to bear on several tools for spiritual awakening and to contextualize circling within that. This is a rough draft:

In Buddhism, there is a focus in on the practices of the Shambhala Warrior; and the “weapons” of such; Compassion and Insight. These qualities are explored through cultivating intimacy with the immediate experience. In Vippassana, students are guided to turn their attention towards the sensations of the body, and to notice what arises while welcoming the experience and cultivating equanimity in relation to it. The relationship between our sensations, our emotions, our impulses and our thoughts are observed through simply noticing what we are noticing.

In Zen Buddhism, sitting with Koans is a common practice. This involves being with raw, open curiosity through inquiry around a given question that might…

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Advayavada Study Plan – week 48

[Advayavada Study Plan – week 48] The method we follow is to study, debate and apply the weekly subject in the context of whatever we ourselves are presently doing or are concerned with, or about, such as our health, relationships, work, study, our place in society, etc. In weeks 40 to 44 we again treated the preliminary subjects, in week 45 we again honestly took stock of, and responsibility for, our personal situation (first step on the Noble Eightfold Path), in week 46 we again took an appropriate and timely decision to adjust our course (second step), in week 47 we again put our decision and improved objective in writing as precisely as possible (third step), and, to continue with this quarter’s 13-week Advayavada Study Plan, this week we shall further cultivate and develop our very best attitude to carry out our improved personal objective. This task is based on the fourth step on the Noble Eightfold Path: samma-kammanta (in Pali) or samyak-karmanta (in Sanskrit); in Advayavada Buddhism’s fully personalized usage: our very best disposition or attitude; in Dutch: onze beste instelling (de vierde stap op het edele achtvoudige pad).

Advayavada Study Plan – week 47

[Advayavada Study Plan – week 47] Advayavada Buddhism does not tell you what to do or believe, but invites us all to make the very best of our own lives by attuning as best as possible with wondrous overall existence advancing over time now in its manifest direction. This 13-week Advayavada Study Plan (ASP) is repeated four times a year to support you in your efforts to this end: in weeks 40 to 44 we again treated the preliminary subjects, in week 45 we again honestly took stock of, and responsibility for, our personal situation at this time (first step on the Noble Eightfold Path), in week 46 we again took an appropriate and timely decision to adjust our course (second step), and to continue with this quarter’s 13-week ASP, this week we shall again put our decision and improved objective privately in writing as precisely as possible. This task is based on the third step on the Noble Eightfold Path: samma-vacha (in Pali) or samyag-vac (in Sanskrit), in Advayavada Buddhism’s fully personalized usage: our very best enunciation or definition of our intention; in Dutch: onze beste uitleg (de derde stap op het edele achtvoudige pad).

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