Happy Heruka Day!

25th Jan is Heruka Day 🙂
A good day to meditate on universal compassion and the fact that nothing exists outside of our mind.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Buddha Avalokiteshvara

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Buddha Avalokiteshvara

Wisdom and Compassion

“At present our mind is obscured by the inner darkness of ignorance, which prevents us from seeing the true nature of all phenomena; but by training in wisdom and compassion we can completely remove this inner darkness.”

Essence of Vajrayana, Geshe La

Wisdom understands emptiness. Emptiness is how things exist. “Emptiness is not nothingness but is the real nature of phenomena.”
Everything lacks its own, inherent existence. This is the ultimate nature of phenomena. Everything comes from the mind, and even that doesn’t exist from it’s own side. It’s all just a mental fabrication. (Not so far away from the Matrix and its constructs in the movie. Geek fact – the Matrix was based on the ‘mind only’ Chittamatrin view of emptiness.)

Compassion is not wanting others to suffer. Unbiased compassion“is not just for human beings but for every living being, including animals.. That’s all animals as well, even if they’re not cute. However many legs they have.

Tantra is pure. (In Heruka’s case Highest Yoga Tantra, and for Avalokiteshvara it’s Action Tantra.)  It’s about creating pure lands, inhabited by pure beings – us!
If done right, the Buddhist practice of Tantra is the quickest and best path to achieving an enlightened state.

All this promotes a peaceful, therefore happy, mind for ourselves and others.

Who is Heruka?

Heruka Chakrasambhara

Heruka is a wrathful deity.
He is Tantric compassion.
He is great bliss and the true nature of reality, which is emptiness.

He is powerful and completely pure.
Meditating on Heruka enables us to gain freedom from our current state of suffering, and to liberate others. This is a practice that can be beneficial now in our everyday lives; and become the cause of us being able to free all beings to the ultimate peace of great enlightenment.

image: Buddha Heruka and Vajravarahi
– Great Bliss and Emptiness respectively. I’ve included the pink lotuses and the fish to represent love, purity and harmony. Tantra allows these qualities to grow in our minds, and so in our world.

All quotes from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Kadampa Ryan
 gives some good insights into the practice of Heruka on his blog.
Image Credits:
Heruka Chakrasambava by Robert Beer 
Avalokiteshvara from Tharpa Publications
 
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Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin

To take an effective break, you just need to let go for awhile.
Put your thoughts on hold.

Just sit back, close your eyes and let go.
Whatever you were thinking about just then will wait for 5 or 10 minutes.

Follow your breath for awhile and come back refreshed.
Let the yogi Gen Tharchin tell us how…

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GenTarchin @ Tharpaland

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“Sit in a relaxed comfortable position, with your back as straight as possible without being uncomfortable or tense.

And now scan through you body, looking at all the different parts of your body, one at a time, to make sure they’re comfortable and relaxed, free from tension or strain.
If you find any areas of tension, relax them.

And now turn your attention to the subtle sensation at the tip of your nostrils, or perhaps just inside your nostrils [or even on your lips], associated with each inhalation, each exhalation of the breath.

For a few moments, notice the slightly cooler sensation associated with the inhalation; and the slightly warming sensation, or pressure, associated with the exhalation.”

In this way, just observe the subtle tactile sensation of the breath for a few minutes.

As you finish, you may want to add ‘for the highest good of all’,
then slowly and gently come back your normal state of awareness.

Taken from the first 3 minutes of a meditation given by Gen Kelsang Tharchin, fully qualified meditation master, at MKMC in 2011.

Like this ~ Breathing Meds and Present Moment, Peaceful Moment on here.
The perils of distraction to come…

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Fantasy Forest
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Reminiscent of Tharpaland, Tharchin’s retreat centre in Scotland.
It used to be one of my favourite places. It felt incredibly serene and blessed.

Present Moment, Peaceful Moment

We don’t need to be sat breathing the high mountain air to meditate…

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present peace meds images

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…but sometimes when we’re meditating,
it feels like we are.

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The heart of Buddhist meditation is mindfulness
– the energy that helps us know what’s happening in the present moment
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Tich Naht Hanh

You are day-dreaming about the future because you have not tasted the present.
Start tasting the present
.”

Osho

“This now is it. This.
Your deepest need and desire is satisfied by the moment’s energy here in your hand.

Rumi

“Peace can exist only in the present moment.
If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now.

Tich Naht Hanh

Mindfulness is the life force of meditation
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Like this ~ Breathing Meds and Breathing Meditation by Gen Tarchin on here

Image:
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Graphics from BabyDoll1976, UrsusVeritatem, BuddhistVibes and RedBubble, all  via BakuKadampa on Tumblr.
Shantideva from Tharpa Publications

 

Breathing Meds

Notes on Breathing Meditation 

cosmic meditation images

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With Buddha Shakyamuni n Yoda!

 

Meditation makes our lives happy and meaningful
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Mahayana meditation master

Breathing in, I calm body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh,  Zen meditation master

Meditation is a means of focusing the mind to give relief from the often negative “chatter” which goes on most of the time in our heads and to assist you in discovering your peace and stillness within.
Kat Day
, Bristol Intuitive Group Co-Organiser

Meditation allows you to become one with the Divine and discover the divine within your inner being.
Spring Wolf, author of the Pagan’s Path

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Image Credits:

Buddha Shakyamuni from Tharpa Publications
DancingDakini, Majikat, MindBodyLove and Nirvikalpa via BakuKadampa on Tumblr

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Like this ~ Present Moment, Peaceful Moment and Breathing Meditation by Gen Tarchin

Coming soon: Gen Tarchin’s Breathing Meditation.
More Detail in Kadampa Life: Learning to meditate in 2013

 

Cosmic Loti 2012 Review

 ~ Summry for a cloudy day 🙂

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Here’s an excerpt of the annual review from WordPress:

“4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals…”

So a ridiculously big thank you

to everybody who popped in.

Between us we all make up Cosmic Loti, and

Cosmic Loti rocks!

We are all the petals of a beautiful lotus

not one of us separate from the other.

 

Click on image or here to see the complete report

Kill Procrastination ⌚ image

Kill Procrastination with a Death Meditation

Kill Procrastination with a Death Meditation

Death Meditation:

✞  I will die
✞  I don’t know when
✞  I will walk my path purely now

Epilogue to:
HAPPY NEW YEAR! * as the Old Year Dies, can contemplating our own Demise make us Happy?
and
Make the Perfect New Year’s Resolution based on an Awareness of Death

Make the Perfect New Year’s Resolution Based on an Awareness of Death

…Continued from HAPPY NEW YEAR! Buddhist Meditation on Death

Excerpt from Amitabha Centre publicity:

Death Med GKG text

As the New Year Begins ~
Make the Perfect Resolution 

Gen Chönden’s advice to “Follow the path of peaceful, positive minds” sounds like the perfect New Year’s resolution.
But for this to work we have to want that change.

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But really, do any New Year’s resolutions last longer than a week? It’s not that folk don’t want to stop procrastinating, exercise more, or to learn how to meditate.
It just doesn’t seem to happen.

My take on that is that if you’ve got time to breathe, you’ve got time to meditate. But I’m a fine one to talk, I’m a terrible procrastinator.

New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” Mark Twain

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