6c: Authenticity in times of change

Meditation directs one to integrity, to the authenticity of who and what one is, and that -deep inside- is a being of heart-mind. Protests have been happening in several US cities by people who are fearful about the policies that the president-elect might institute as well as what he might tear down. By the same … More 6c: Authenticity in times of change

Mantra: the practice of protecting the mind

The term mantra translates as “to protect the mind”. Interestingly, it does not mean a set of words and how to repeat them. The idea behind the translation is that of valuing and protecting the precious quality of one’s consciousness. One would use phrases or affirmations that remind one of the truths of being and … More Mantra: the practice of protecting the mind

Vibrant Aliveness

In most indigenous cultures around the world, the heart and mind have been known as one. The teachings have never emphasized the head over the heart but, instead, as the Tao te Ching states, without the heart the head is of little use. Step 6 of The Practice of Living Awareness invites the practitioner to … More Vibrant Aliveness

Intermediate: How powerful

Elevation (not the great U2 song!) is vital for detachment and perspective, for optimism, buoyancy through life’s vicissitudes, and for a general lightness of being. We help ourselves and help others whenever we interact with life with a sense of altitude. We complete this two week’s focus on elevation and a powerful breathing technique that … More Intermediate: How powerful

Generative: The Heart and Avolokiteshvara

It seems to me that the buddha-being Avolokiteshvara has a particular relation to Earth. Of all the buddhas, Avolokiteshvara has the most forms, and they are revered in a number of countries. Avolokiteshvara can be male or female or androgynous. The same being can manifest as peaceful, wrathful, passionate, or in any number of expressions … More Generative: The Heart and Avolokiteshvara

Intermediate: Liberation from the ego

If shamatha is the foundation for all levels of meditation, then what is the foundation of shamatha? The great sage Patanjali states that it is “to still the patterning of the consciousness.” (Sutra 1 of Book I) He furthermore states: “Then, pure awareness can abide in its very nature. Otherwise, awareness takes itself to be … More Intermediate: Liberation from the ego

4b. The experience of tranquility is soft and open.

We are alive because we breathe. Our whole existence is because lungs breathe in and lungs breathe out. Family, friends, the particular quality of being that you are is here only because we breathe. Without breath, there is no heart beat, no brain functioning, no you, no me. But we do breathe, we are alive. … More 4b. The experience of tranquility is soft and open.

A pranayama that produces shamatha

This Intermediate meditation focuses on a breathing technique (pranayama) that is very simple. That does not mean that it is easy to do! Breath underlies all meditation practices. Breath also leads to shamatha, or peaceful abiding. This state of ease in concentration, of stability of meditative equipoise and altitude is part of the full body, … More A pranayama that produces shamatha

4a. Open

Shamatha is the meditative result of one-pointedness, openness, stability with both of these, plus the discovery of innate tranquility. Shamatha is a Sanskrit word that translates to peaceful or tranquil abiding; and it is the foundation of meditation. Together with the previous steps of The Practice, Step 4, Soften, Open, and Receive is designed to … More 4a. Open

Generative: All Taras, all Mothers, skakti-rigpa

Generative meditations within The Practice elicit that which is within: all the qualities of our enlightened nature. Anyone is welcome to use the meditations posted as reminders, but those who commit to the Generative Stage level of practice are committing to BE. We are dedicating our daily life to be an expression of the Good, … More Generative: All Taras, all Mothers, skakti-rigpa

3c: The flow of the moment

The choice is ours on how to flow with a moment. One of the great discoveries within a meditation practice is that …. life isn’t really about oneself! Choices of reaction that reinforce personalization and drama make things about oneself which aren’t. Yet, the choice of response with patience, or with appreciation for the situation … More 3c: The flow of the moment

Intermediate: a technique for all levels

In the recent Oklahoma meditation retreat, I taught a technique that will result in tranquility and presence. In other words, it will bring about the foundational meditation experience of shamatha (tranquil or peaceful abiding). Patanjali and Buddha Shakyamuni, the two great sources of meditation training, agree that the foundation of all states and levels of … More Intermediate: a technique for all levels

3b. Experiencing the Quietude

Just as an Thai soup can only be experienced from making or ordering one, quietude can only be experienced when we give ourselves the opportunity. “Fair enough,” one says to oneself, but then no opportunity is given. Yet, like the warmth and spices of a well-made Thai soup, the qualities of quietude and their benefits … More 3b. Experiencing the Quietude

The Natural Light of Focus, Step 2c

We complete the week of Tip of the Nose noticing some of the usually not noticed, some of the amazing and wondrous experiences of breathing. As we do, and without effort, we are simultaneously cultivating meditative focus: learning to withdraw from the blatant and obvious which captivates our attention the majority of the day, and … More The Natural Light of Focus, Step 2c

Point of Attention, Step 2b

Thoth was the Ancient Egyptian god of wisdom. Due to the vibrancy and comprehensiveness of wisdom, Thoth is also said to have brought forward the arts, philosophy, culture, civilization, and diplomacy. In all traditions, the gods and goddesses are pointing at qualities within human beings in addition to being Beings in their own right. With … More Point of Attention, Step 2b

2a. Pratyahara and Dharana

Meditation has two primary components: peace or tranquility and focus or concentration. If these are present and stabilized, a state of meditation will ensue. In addition to a state of meditation, states of wellness and of mind will also be present. These are vital to a meaningful and productive life. The states of wellness include … More 2a. Pratyahara and Dharana

World Service: gradations, permutations, and demonstrations of light

Think of all the colors that you see everyday: the color of your skin, your eyes, the colors of leaves and plants, of animals – especially insects, the colors of the sky at different times of the day. Color is evidence of light, in fact, is a manifestation of light. Color all around us, inside … More World Service: gradations, permutations, and demonstrations of light

Innate and Always True

The first Generation Stage meditation of this round begins with a short visual presentation. Thus, the meditation is part of this video. That which one generates is innate. It is already present and is born of the always true nature of one’s wholeness.

1c: Benevolence

“Smile as the great benevolent being that you are. Smile, blessing everyone and everything in your day.” (from the meditation) To remind oneself of the truth of who and what one is sets the moment right. No moment is about impatience, harsh words, degrading thoughts or actions toward someone, or punitive thoughts about oneself. No … More 1c: Benevolence

Intermediate: Levitation=Expanding the Ground

In order to levitate, one has to recognize the ground of space; one has to realize that the ground that one walks on and the ground-state of Awareness are the same. In other words, with the expansion of one’s perception of reality, the various levels of subtle and energetic states become just as tangible and … More Intermediate: Levitation=Expanding the Ground

Intermediate: Levitation and the One Ground

In Buddhism there is a phrase, “There is one ground.” The statement refers to the one ground of Awareness. Realizing that Awareness is the only true ground, one realizes the source of one’s reality, and realizes the foundation for all conditioned or non-conditioned states of being. This precious image of a young meditator levitating is … More Intermediate: Levitation and the One Ground

Intermediate: Unfolding Being

Life on Earth unfolds. Plants do it (leaves and flower petals), insects do it (wiggling out of cocoons or tree trunk burrows then letting wings dry and form), babies do it (the unfold through birth having unfolded and grown in the womb. Living Awareness unfolds too. Consciousness, like wisdom, expands and matures through a life, … More Intermediate: Unfolding Being

Intermediate: Protection (Man-tra)

The Sanskrit word mantra literally means mind protection or mind protector. Man comes from the manas meaning mind, but not simply discursive mind or appreciating mind, but the full capacity of Awareness. Protect is from tra. The protection inferred is non-militant and non-aggressive but is completely proactive. An analogy: If one knows that something is … More Intermediate: Protection (Man-tra)

13b. Words of Power

The energy centers of a human being are aligned along the central channel. Said differently: the central channel is the energy thruway of the subtle anatomy and the chakras are the major intersections along the thruway. Both the chakras or centers as well as the central channel and the subtle anatomy overall are subjects well … More 13b. Words of Power

Intermediate: Your vibration is sounding.

Science has recorded a sound, a vibration, that is sounding through space. Each planet has a sound or vibrational quality also. In fact, each star, galaxy, and – with clairaudience – each person emits a song, a sound, a vibration or set of vibrations. One could correctly say that you are sounding a mantra energetically … More Intermediate: Your vibration is sounding.

Leo Full Moon meditation: the Lion’s Roar

This half hour guided meditation focuses on the bold bravery of being constant in one’s light, and the results to all of life when one is so. The Lion’s Roar of pure Being can express in many ways, some silently and softly such as love, care, respect, and justice. Sometimes the Lion’s Roar of the … More Leo Full Moon meditation: the Lion’s Roar

Generative: Chenrezig – boundless and immeasurable

Would you like to experience boundless energy? Then bring forward immeasurable joy. Would you like to receive ceaseless kindness and respect, politeness and courtesy? Then flawlessly offer these to everyone you encounter every day. Would you like to live in a peaceful, just, and beautiful society – or even better – such a world? Then … More Generative: Chenrezig – boundless and immeasurable

Intermediate: Undoing the patterns of consciousness

We are pure awareness; and the layers of identification and conceptualizations that we have about everything including ourself is fabrication. This photo of a mosaic in a mosque is beautiful but it can never display the absolute beauty of Reality as it is. Our mind is like the mosaic, and its processes are like the … More Intermediate: Undoing the patterns of consciousness

10c: “Luminous is the mind, brightly shining.”

The Buddha said this statement more than 2600 years ago. It is a reminder that the mind is clear and bright inherently. It is a call to each person to live from the luminous innate quality of mind because that serves oneself and one’s life with others. The brightly shining ease of mind extends and … More 10c: “Luminous is the mind, brightly shining.”

Generative: Vajrayogini, gravity, karma, and flight

Aspiration, and the motivation behind it, are one manifestation of Vajrayogini energy. This is so because both are generated from passion; and one level of Vajrayogini, her energy, and her practice is the understanding and right direction of passion. On a mundane level this refers to understanding how one’s passions can birth troublesome situations and … More Generative: Vajrayogini, gravity, karma, and flight

Intermediate: common day mahamudra

Remember in the third Matrix movie when one of the programs says to Neo, “Karma? Karma is a word.” The point was that whatever one might understand about karma or label as karma working out is that person’s understanding. Whether or not that understanding is reality regarding karma is ultimately immaterial because to that person … More Intermediate: common day mahamudra