Happy NKT Day

Happy NKT Day !!

“You should know sufferings
abandon origins
attain cessations
and meditate on paths”

~Kadam Bridget introducing th 4 Noble Truths during the
Manjushri empowerment at Manjushri Buddhist Centre.

(more to come on this…)

Enjoy your Dharma (snippets from MKMC)

Now I’m perfecting the art of falling asleep in the vajra posture with a straight back. I ask the monk sitting at the at the PC next to me what helps him meditate.
K Pador:
“Well I thought it was it was really good how Morton was encouraging us to enjoy our Dharma.
You know, we can make it hard work, but it really doesn’t have to be.
Morton told us that we’ve all got a Buddha nature. Before we do any practice we’ve got to connect with our Buddha nature. We do this by settling down with a breathing meditation. Then fully engage with the prayers. It’s not just a sing-along – really pray to the Buddhas to bless your mind.
The peaceful mind we get when we do breathing meditation is our Buddha nature. Connect with that Buddha nature and just abide in that space. That makes it very easy to  receive the blessings of our Spiritual Guide.
Then it’s effortless and joyful, you know?”
Kelsang Pador, at MKMC
Kadampas on the Lamrim Retreat at MKMC

Skillful Meditating, and Kadam Morton (snippets from MKMC)

Jas: That last session was cak. My mind was all over the place.
Sooo  frustrating!
(Kelsang Yogi’s been ordained something like decades, and is a well experienced meditator. He knows his Dharma, and is just so down to earth when he talks about it. He’s also an electrician. And he gives good hugs :~)

Kadam Morton

Yogi: Big smile ”Well that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it. It’s all about getting to know your mind, and its devious little tricks. I liked what Morton said about being skilful. It’s like driving a car. When you’re there, behind the wheel, you know there’s dangers, but you don’t panic, thinking ‘oh my god!! I could die here!’  You know where you’re going, and you just drive there.  You don’t want to speed, or drive like a lunatic, cause you’ll end up hurting yourself, or somebody else. No, what you want is to drive carefully, at a good pace, and get there in one piece.

Brill meditation analogy – don’t push!

When you’re meditating, you have to focus on your object, to the exclusion of all else. It’s no good if you’re trying to get there faster than you can. You can’t push yourself, going all out for goal. That’ll come in time. It’s like Tarchin’s been saying, just relax into the meditation.
Forget everything else. Just relax.

“See, the good thing about Morton is that he meditates. What he’s saying comes straight from experience. He knows what he’s talking about coz he’s done it.”

Kelsang Yogi, at MKMC
Kadampas on the Lamrim Retreat at MKMC

Dharma Dog ~ MKMC photo

Mu at the Avalokiteshvara empowerment, MKMC


Sengai-Mu has accompanied me to numerous empowerments and an ordination.

Not for him, tho Chönden did say “that’s more than most humans get to do.” 
He tends to crash out in my wheelchair when it all gets too much 😉

(* Mu, not Gen Chönden ;~)

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