To receive beginning instruction in zazen at the Monastery, come to the Sunday Morning Program or Wednesday Evening Zazen. All of our weekend retreats, including the Introduction to Zen Training Weekend, also include beginning instruction for newcomers. Zazen is the form of meditation at the very heart of Zen practice. In fact, Zen is known as the “meditation school” of Buddhism. Basically, zazen is the study of the self. The great Master Dogen said, “To study the Buddha Way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, and to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.” We tend to see body, breath, and mind separately, but in zazen they come together as one reality. Burmese Position There are several different leg positions that are possible while seated cross-legged. Half Lotus Position Another position is the half lotus, where the left foot is placed up onto the right thigh and the right leg is tucked under. Full Lotus Position Seiza Position
Pema Chodron Foundation — Buddhist Monastic Life in the West - Gampo AbbeyDharma RainTo Study The Self Sallie Jiko Tisdale – from April 1997 Keep your eye on the fierce lion up on the altar. Today I’m going to talk about what it means to study the self. I’ll begin with two quotes to bear in mind. The first is from William Wordsworth in 1807, a poem: “The world is too much with us Late and soon Getting and spending we lay waste our powers.” The second quote is Dogen: “To study the Buddha Way is to study the self; to study the self is to forget the self; to forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. I want to get at this what it means to study the self, and what forgetting the self is all about from a couple of different angles. God Help Us! Last week Gyokuko spoke about prayer and devotion in Zen Buddhism. Join us this Sunday, April 13, for zazen, service, and Kyogen’s Dharma Talk. Monthly InterCouncil Summary March 2014 This summary describing the work of the temple’s three major decision-making bodies is published regularly. Linda Hoka Bebernes, Still Point, 2012
How to Apply Visual Thinking Skills to Your E-Learning CoursesIn a previous post, we discussed visual thinking concepts and where they fit with elearning design. Now, let’s look at ways to practice sketching your ideas so that you’re able to move past understanding the concepts and actually applying them to your course. How to Practice Your Visual Thinking Skills The first step is to get a handle on the basics: Become fluent with your visual alphabet and the basic shapes used as building blocks. Practice Activities for Visual Thinking Skills Some people have innate skills and sketching isn’t too hard to start. Remember, this isn’t about becoming a graphics design professional. Here are some practice activities. Activity 1: Create basic shapes over and over again. Work on getting lines straight and completing the desired shape in less strokes. Activity 2: Creating common objects. Look around your office and identify 10 random objects. Another thing is to recognize what makes the shape unique and identifiable. Start to practice sketching whole ideas.
Autohypnosis Exercise 1If you can't take a course from a reputable professional, you can begin using the following self-programming process. Fashion your suggestion. It must be positive, with no negative words. short, between 6 and 15 words. meaningful, this is what you really want to happen. possible, something you can achieve. The Second Exercise has a autohypnosis focal-point to play with.Stand on Mars Next to the Curiosity Rover With This Incredible Panorama | Wired ScienceOver the weekend, NASA’s Curiosity rover successfully drilled into the surface of Mars and collected its first sample from the interior of a rock. With this incredible interactive panorama, you can stand right beside the rover and see both its amazing environment and the fruits of its labor (go into full screen for best results). Late on Feb. 8, Curiosity drilled a 6.4-cm-deep hole into a rock nicknamed John Klein on the surface of Mars. The area the rover is in appears to have been repeatedly flooded with water in the past and the drilling operation will allow scientists to uncover the complex aqueous history of the place. The interactive panorama above comes from photographer Andrew Bodrov of Estonia, whose previous Curiosity panorama showed the rover just after it landed in August. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Andrew Bodrov
How to Meditate: 10 Important TipsWhy meditate? On one level, meditation is a tool. It can help combat stress, fosters physical health, helps with chronic pain, can make you sleep better, feel happier, be more peaceful, as well as be more present. But on a deeper level, meditation is a doorway into the unknown. It can help us get a sense of the mystery of who we are. When you start meditating, you’ll notice how unruly the mind is. I remember being quite shocked by this! At first, my mind was all over the place. Profound thoughts about my past or future jostled with mundane thought clips about what groceries I needed to buy. It was like sitting in a crazy cinema! So, if you’re starting out with meditation, please don’t beat yourself up about your wild mind. Here are some simple tips on how to meditate.. 1. Whether you sit on a chair or cross-legged on the floor, make sure that your spine is upright with head up. 2. Try and keep you eyes open. 2. In ordinary consciousness we are hardly ever present. Attention comes from nowhere.
tonglen~ Tonglen meditation (“Sending and receiving” in Tibetan) I. Resting back. Relaxing into the back of the body, connect with the natural generosity of the out-breath, and the natural receptivity of the in-breath. II. We can start to feel for a more spacious sense of presence by tuning into the space at the end of the out-breath, or by feeling the space around the body as we let the body breathe. III. We are allowed to ask ourselves, “What is important? IV. Resting back again into the “night sky,” drop the previous exercise for a while. V. Remembering night sky, we continue to let the inhalation bring us into intimacy with the texture of the difficult. VI. We can question whether there is enough silkiness to go around. VII. Why not? VIII. It can take some days or weeks to get into a rhythm with this practice. Top
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