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Essentials of Buddhist Training

When we’re in serious Buddhist training we should be engaged in mindfulness all the time, not simply when we are on the cushion. Sacredness isn’t limited to temples, the whole world is our temple.

When we are in training, ideally our bodies and minds are controlled. If we aren’t in control of ourselves, then we can cause harm to ourselves and others, which would be unfortunate.

In our practice, when we use a stabilization method such as following the breath, chanting a mantra, or burning incense, our purpose is to ensure that we are controlling our bodies and minds. There are many methods for self control.

When we sit in meditation, a natural position is best. Straighten your back as much as you can. If you start to slouch your back might start to hurt.

When sitting in meditation become effective, there will be distractions. Mental states will arrive. But…

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Advayavada Study Plan – week 18

Dear friends,

The purpose of Advayavada Buddhism is to become a true part of the whole.

Our quest is fully personalized: it is firmly based on what we increasingly know about ourselves and our world, and trusting our own intentions, feelings and conscience. Adherence to the familiar five precepts (not to kill, not to steal, sexual restraint, not to lie, and refraining from alcohol and drugs) and a well-considered understanding of the three (in Advayavada Buddhism, four) signs of being and the Buddha’s four noble truths (which, this quarter, are the subjects of weeks 14 to 18) suffice to start off on this Path at any time.

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 indeed attuning as best as possible with wondrous overall existence advancing over time now in its manifest direction. The Advayavada Study Plan (ASP) is repeated four times a year.

The purpose of the autonomous ASP is that we study (and debate in a local group, the family circle or with good friends) the meaning and implications of the weekly subject, not as a formal and impersonal intellectual exercise, but 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.

(My own specific personal objective this quarter is to improve my understanding of the practice of meditation (dhyana in Sanskrit, jhana in Pali) whose purpose is to attain a deeper concentration of the mind (Samadhi in Sanskrit and Pali), but without becoming preoccupied, however, with a factually non-existent self (svabhava-shunyata, lit. self-nature emptiness, is a central notion in Madhyamaka philosophy) – what’s your specific objective this quarter?)

In week 14 we observed and studied the impermanence or changeability of all things, in week 15 we studied the selflessness and finitude of all things, in week 16 we observed the ubiquity of existential suffering in the world, in week 17 we continued to deepen our understanding that ignorant craving and attachment are the immediate causes of existential suffering, and to continue this 13-week action plan, in week 18 we again closely survey the Noble Eightfold Path that eliminates the immediate causes of existential suffering (the fourth noble truth of Buddhism) and attunes us as best as possible to overall existence advancing over time in its manifest direction (in Advayavada Buddhism, the fourth sign of being); in Dutch: het edele achtvoudige pad (de vierde waarheid van de Boeddha) en de vooruitgang (in het Advayavada-boeddhisme, het vierde kenmerk van het bestaan).

In Secular Buddhism generally, firmly bearing in mind the impermanence and selflessness of all composite things, the focus is on the correct interpretation and realization of the historical Buddha’s so-called ‘four noble truths’: 1) that of the ubiquity of existential suffering in the world, 2) that ignorant craving and attachment are the actual and immediate causes of such suffering, 3) that this suffering shall cease altogether when we deal with and overcome its causes, and 4) that the sure way to achieve this is by following the Noble Eightfold Path or Middle Way.

In Advayavada Buddhism, the Path is understood dynamically, as an ongoing and fully autonomous, non-prescriptive, investigative and creative process of progressive insight, reflecting in human terms wondrous overall existence becoming over time in its manifest direction. It is composed of (1) our very best (samma in Pali and samyak in Sanskrit) comprehension or insight, followed by (2) our very best resolution or determination, (3) our very best enunciation or definition (of our intention), (4) our very best disposition or attitude, (5) our very best implementation or realization, (6) our very best effort or commitment, (7) our very best observation, reflection or evaluation and self-correction, and (8) our very best meditation or concentration towards an increasingly real experience of Samadhi*, which brings us to (1) a yet better comprehension or insight, and so forth.

*Samadhi (Pali and Sanskrit): total or perfect concentration (of the mind, cf. enstasy); non-dualistic state of consciousness in which the experiencing subject becomes one with the experienced object; total absorption in the object of meditation; transcendence of the relationship between mind and object; merging of subject and object; to contemplate the world without any perception of objects; suspension of judgement; turiyatita; satori; bodhi; rigpa; realization of the sameness of the part and the whole, of the identity of form and emptiness, of samsara and nirvana, of the immediate and the ultimate; mystic oneness; perfect dynamic attunement with wondrous overall existence; oceanic feeling; wonder, awe, rapture; essential purity; deep love and compassion; awareness of our common ground and the innocence of sex.

Feel free to share these weekly ASP instalments.

Kind regards,
John Willemsens,
Advayavada Foundation.
@advayavada

Nepal earthquake reduces World Heritage sites to rubble

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So many tragic images of death and destruction from Nepal. Our hearts go out to the victims and families of victims and to all of the people of Nepal. The Washington Post article here has compiled a number of images on this link. – Buddhist art news

Volunteers work to remove debris at the historic Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Niranjan Shrestha/AP) Volunteers work to remove debris at the historic Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Niranjan Shrestha/AP)

Washington Post
By Peter Holley April 25 at 1:39 PM

The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that violently shook Nepal on Saturday left more than human casualties in its wake.

The country also saw a number of its iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites and most popular tourist attractions — some dating more than 1,700 years — reduced to piles of rubble.

Among the well-known Kathmandu landmarks destroyed by the quake was the 100-foot Dharahara Tower, which was cut down to a 30-foot pile of jagged brick, according to Reuters.

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Is there anything I can do to make myself Enlightened?

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“Is there anything I can do to make myself Enlightened?”

“As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.”

“Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?”

“To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.”

~ Anthony de Mello ~

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The Hour’s Getting Late: Time for Humanity to Wake Up

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byChristopher Chase

April 6, 2015

“Let us not talk falsely now,  the hour’s getting late.” ~Bob Dylan

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Looking out at the ecological crisis we humans have created, the analogy of mass murder or collective suicide could be applied. For centuries we’ve been steadily and methodically killing off other life forms in the Natural world. Now our greed and selfishness seems to be destroying us as well.

Is there a way out? Hopefully, yes, but it will require more creativity, collaboration, love, and wisdom then modern “technologically advanced” humans have exhibited (as a whole) in a very long time. It requires large numbers of us “waking up” and caring deeply, becoming less “techno-logical” and much more “eco-logical” in our behavior and thinking.

Do most people realize what we’ve…

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Become empty

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 When it is seen that an empty cup is receptive,
and a full cup cannot receive,
those with wisdom choose emptiness.

~ Wu Hsin ~

 
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Intuition Vs. Intellect

Breathing Meditation Instructions

Find a comfortable place to sit. Adjust your posture so that your spine is erect without being stiff. Allow the rest of your body to relax around your spine. Rest your hands in your lap or on your legs. Allow your eyes to gently close. Bring your full attention to the feeling of sitting still. Allow your breathing to be natural. Bringing attention to your head, release any tension in your face.

Scanning the body slowly downward, relax your neck and shoulders. Feel the rising and falling of your chest with each breath. Bring your attention all the way down your body to the places of contact with the floor. Feel the pressure and density of the relaxed upright body.

Bringing your full attention to the present moment, acknowledge all of the phenomena in the moment. Thinking is happening, hearing is happening, as well as physical and emotional sensations. Allow…

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The Simple Law of Love – Leo Tolstoy

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“If only people freed themselves from their beliefs [of all kinds] the simple law of love, natural to man, accessible to all and solving all questions and perplexities, would of itself become clear and obligatory.” ~Leo Tolstoy

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“If only people freed themselves from their beliefs in all kinds of Devatas, God, Allah, Yahweh and their incarnations as Krishnas and Christs, from beliefs in paradises and hells, in reincarnations and resurrections, from belief in the interference of the Gods in the external affairs of the universe—

And above all, if they freed themselves from belief in the infallibility of all the various Vedas, Bibles, Gospels, Tripitakas, Korans, and the like—

And also freed themselves from blind belief in a variety of scientific teachings about infinitely small atoms and molecules and in all the infinitely great and infinitely remote worlds, their movements and origin, as well as from faith in the infallibility of the scientific…

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Beyond suffering

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The only way out of suffering is “through” suffering.
~ Cesar Teruel ~

We have tried everything to get rid of suffering.
We have gone everywhere to get rid of suffering.
We have bought everything to get rid of it.
We have ingested everything to get rid of it.

Finally, when one has tried enough, there arises the possibility of spiritual maturity with the willingness to stop the futile attempt to get rid of it and, instead, to actually experience suffering. In that momentous instant, there is the realization of that which is beyond suffering, of that which is untouched by suffering. There is the realization of who one truly is.
~ Gangaji ~

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