Documentary on Psychedelic Trance Culture May be interesting to some! Trailer: Synopsis In Electronic Awakening, director Andrew Johner lifts the veil on an underground spiritual movement that has developed within electronic music cultures worldwide. Featuring: Goa Gil Erik Davis Daniel Pinchbeck Robin Sylvan Susan Brunswick The Wicked Crew DJ Random The Oracle MoonTribe Tribal Harmonix And many more…. __________________ And at the onset of trance, the spirit of the creature enters the body of the dancer, enabling him to reach a transcendental state.
Buddhist vegetarianism In Buddhism, the views on vegetarianism vary between different schools of thought. According to Theravada, the Buddha allowed his monks to eat pork, chicken and beef if the monk was aware that the animal was not killed on their behalf. Theravada also believes that the Buddha allowed the monks to choose a vegetarian diet, but only prohibited them from eating human, elephant, horse, dog, cat, lion, tiger, bear, leopard, and slug flesh. According to Theravada, the Buddha did not prohibit any kind of meat-eating for his lay followers. In Vajrayana, the act of eating meat is not always prohibited. The Mahayana schools generally recommend a vegetarian diet, for some believe that the Buddha insisted that his followers should not eat the flesh of any sentient being. Monks of the Mahayana traditions that follow the Brama Net Sutra are forbidden by their vows from eating flesh of any kind. Views of different schools Theravada View Mahayana view Theravada Mahayana
Rumi Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Persian: جلالالدین محمد بلخى), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: جلالالدین محمد رومی), Mawlānā or Molānā (Persian: مولانا, meaning Our Master), Mawlawī or Molavi (Persian: مولوی, meaning My Master), and more popularly in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy in the past seven centuries. Rumi's importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and transposed into various formats. In 2007, he was described as the "most popular poet in America. Name Life Jalal ad-Din Rumi gathers Sufi mystics. Why should I seek? Hussam implored Rumi to write more. Teachings Major works Poetic works
Three poisons (Buddhism) The three poisons are represented in the center of the wheel of life as a pig, a bird, and a snake. Jeffrey Hopkins states: [It is] ignorance that drives the entire process... [Ignorance] isn't just an inability to apprehend the truth but an active misapprehension of the status of oneself and all other objects—one's own mind or body, other people, and so forth. It is the conception or assumption that phenomena exist in a far more concrete way than they actually do. Based on this misapprehension of the status of persons and things, we are drawn into afflictive desire and hatred [i.e. attachment and aversion]... Ringu Tulku states: In the Buddhist sense, ignorance is equivalent to the identification of a self as being separate from everything else. From this identification stems the dualistic view, since once there is an "I," there are also "others." On the one hand there are those things that seem to threaten or undermine us. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche states: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche states:
Other Prayers Other Prayers As I Walk with Beauty (Apparently this is another verion of "Walk in Beauty") As I walk, as I walk The universe is walking with me In beauty it walks before me In beauty it walks behind me In beauty it walks below me In beauty it walks above me Beauty is on every side As I walk, I walk with Beauty. --Traditional Navajo Prayer AUM. --excerpt from The Mandukya Upanishad. Aum Namah Shivaya Mantra Elizabeth Gilbert explained in Pray, Eat, Love, that the chant provided by her Guru was "Om Namah Shivaya" which she explained meant "I honor the divinity with in me." Shiva is the true Self, the inner Self--all else is falsehood, doubt, and illusion. Aum Namah Shivaya (pronounced as Aum Num-ha Shi-why) In this mantra, the one who repeats the mantra bows to Shiva--her/his true self. Blessing Over Food This ritual is one. --Hindu prayer Earth teach me stillness This prayer from an unknown member of the Native American Ute tribe. --Ute Prayer Kwan Yin Prayer or Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum.
Entering a Trance State Entering a trance may seem difficult and even scary to some people the first time, but it's really the most natural thing in the world. Humans are hard wired for trance. Western culture is the only culture that rejects trance as a valid form of spiritual expression. This may be why so many people seek unhealthy ecstatic experiences and become addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex and pornography and thrill seeking. There are several ways to enter a trance or ecstatic state. Not to worry, however, there are many other safe methods of entering trance. Drowning out environmental noises with some sort of repetitive sound is much more affective than eliminating them. Your eyes also are constantly sending messages to your brain, and again, just blocking out all light isn't going to be as affective as providing some sort of distraction. Your body is also sending messages to the brain. Many people enter a trance state through ecstatic dance.
Ben Serviss's Blog - In Search of Meditative Games The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community. The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. This article originally appeared on dashjump.com. Fun in games is under attack. But there’s another intention that some games have been exploring off and on for years, something you can see glimpses of beneath the zoned-out zombie stare that comes from any hours-long play session: meditation. Meditation at its core is an exercise in stillness, in quieting the mind to deeply reflect on life and your place in the world. THQ and Deepak Chopra's Leela attempted to create a game experience entirely focused on meditation, with mixed results. Thankfully, there are other ways to meditate that, while maybe not as effective, are still better than not doing it at all. The usefulness of this kind of meditation cannot be overestimated in arriving at conclusions to tough problems. The Focused Relaxers
Was Psychedelic Guru Terence McKenna Goofing About 2012 Prophecy? | Cross-Check Rational Scientific American readers surely scoff at claims—based on ancient Mayan calendars and other esoterica—that life as we know it will end this December, especially now that NASA experts have “crushed” the prophecy. But many folks out there are reportedly worried. Perhaps I can allay their anxieties by relating my encounter with a prominent popularizer of the 2012-doomsday meme, psychedelic guru Terence McKenna. In his books and lectures, McKenna extolled psychedelic drugs as a spiritual path superior to that of any mainstream religion. His book The Food of the Gods (Bantam 1992) was a rigorous argument—complete with footnotes and bibliography—that mind-expanding plants and fungi catalyzed the transformation of our brutish ancestors into cultured modern humans. Food of the Gods showed that McKenna could play the serious scholar when he chose. The Man in the Purple Sparkly Suit I found this blend of earnestness and irony intriguing. McKenna shrugged. What about Nazi Germany?
Signs of progress in meditation If you’re here because you’re having odd experiences in meditation, like swirling lights or your body feeling odd, I’d suggest the post I wrote on “Odd experiences in meditation.” When you’re new to meditation you often need some reassurance that you’re on the right path. Often it’s hard to tell whether you are making progress or not. I emphasized earlier that one of the things that will help you to stick with your meditation practice is the ability to notice and appreciate small changes. So here are some of the small changes that you might want to watch out for. Other people noticing that you are changing. One of the main signs of progress in meditation, though, is being more relaxed about making progress. Also, not all changes are noticeable in the short term.
Psychedelic trance Psychedelic trance (also known as "Psytrance" or "Goa trance") is a form of electronic dance music that has been parting hippies from their hard-bartered cash since the early 1990s. It combines a pattern of repetitive beats and melodies with a lot of weird noises, which supposedly lull the listener into a trance-like state. When combined with various recreational drugs, visual and aural hallucinations that appear to follow the same pattern as the music can supposedly be experienced. It was born on the beaches of Goa, India, by expatriate hippies (such as Goa Gil), who combined the sounds of late-60s and 70s psychedelic rock with the four-on-the-floor rhythms of techno from Detroit and Chicago. The main features of psytrance are the percussion, bass line and random noises. The weird noises in psytrance, however, can be absolutely anything.  What psychedelic trance is not Uplifting, progressive, vocal, tech trance, etc. which is generally considered awesome.  Required listening
Shambhala Training Shambhala Training is a secular approach to meditation developed by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa and his students. It is based on what Trungpa calls Shambhala Vision, which sees enlightened society as not purely mythical, but as realizable by people of all faiths through practices of mindfulness/awareness, non-aggression, and sacred outlook. He writes: The Shambhala Training teachings cover art, society, and politics and the goal of creating an enlightened society. That goal is presented as not solely a social and political process, but one requiring individuals to develop an awareness of the basic goodness and inherent dignity of themselves, of others, and of the everyday details of the world around them. This is facilitated by cultivating gentleness and bravery. Shambhala Training is currently administered worldwide by Shambhala International. Teachings Curriculum The Heart of Warriorship The Sacred Path Warrior Assembly Root Texts