Point Five and the Paramita of Meditation
Evaluation of Mind Training
Mark, Richard, and Shanti will read and facilitate the group discussion. We can again expect interesting dialog and perspectives from all on these studies.
Remember for this meeting we will be at Martin Co. Children's Services building across the parking lot from Unity.
Tonight, Chogyam Trungpa's commentaries on Lojong slogans
21: Always maintain only a joyful mind.
Constantly apply cheerfulness if for no other reason then because you are on this spiritual path. Have a sense of gratitude to everything, even difficult emotions, because of there potential to wake you up.
a practice for Slogan #21
For today’s practice, I would simply like to pass on a practice I received from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche which is simplicity itself, but oddly effective: No matter what you are feeling or what is going on, smile at least once a day.
22: If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained.
If you are a good horseback rider, your mind can wonder but you don't fall off your horse. In the same way, whatever circumstances you encounter, if you are well trained in meditation, you won't get swept away with emotions. Instead they perk you up and your awareness increases.
a practice for Slogan #22
In your practice and during your daily activities, pay particular attention to the points at which you lose your mindfulness. In terms of bodhichitta practice, pay particular attention to the points at which you lose your openness or kindness. Notice the process of losing it and coming back.
time permitting we will present #s 23 & 24 too
23: Always abide by the three basic principles.
24: Change your attitude, but remain natural.
Here is a review of Slogans 19 & 20 that we snuck in at the end of last Wed.
19: All dharma agrees at one point.
The entire Buddhist teachings (dharma) are about lessening one's self absorption, one's ego-clinging. This is what brings happiness to you and all beings.
a practice for Slogan #19
As you go about your day, try to pay attention to the points when your solid sense of separateness is provoked. Notice the thoughts and sensations that arise with reactions such as defensiveness and territoriality. Pay attention to the thoughts and sensations arise when something has drawn you out, beyond your self-absorption.
20: Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one.
The two witnesses of what you do are others and yourself. Of these two, you are the only one who really knows exactly what is going on. So work with seeing yourself with compassion and without any self-deception.
a practice for Slogan #20
Pay attention to the loneliness of experience. Notice the difference between seeking for confirmation and direct witnessing. What makes you trust or distrust your own experience?
Here is a link to the whole book + other collected works (slogans 21-22 can be found starting on page 194)
Here is a link to the commentaries by Acharya Judy Lief ( the editor of this book)