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

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

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.

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

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

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 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

Service: spiraling

Mother Earth is a huge space ship spiraling around the Sun. The Sun, with its planets in tow, is corkscrewing through the Milky Way Galaxy at an amazing speed, never stopping. The Milky Way Galaxy is also hurtling through space. Yet, right now, you sit, read, and feel as if you are not moving. Who … More Service: spiraling

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)

13c: Chakra essence

The human subtle anatomy is working all the time, even in sleep. The centers (chakras) vibrate with the world around us, as well as vibrate from the states of mind, emotions, and being that we are living from. “Shop ’til you drop” is a sacral chakra statement. Address the needs of others in a useful … More 13c: Chakra essence

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

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

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