Our space in which we live and meditate is very important to our spiritual path. It’s our nest in many ways – the safe place were we can be honest with ourselves and just let go and go deep. Sometimes though spaces have their own ‘Karma’ – whether it be good or bad – and when we find that is it is negative and affecting our meditations, it’s time to clean that energy out. Sanskrit Mantra is very powerful for this kind of thing. During one [...]
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Compassion is one of the main teachings in Buddhism. Compassion for other beings and for oneself. We can be so hard on ourselves which makes it difficult for our heart to open. When we show ourselves compassion in the face of the startling clarity of self introspection, when we love all that stuff inside us that disappoints. When we truly have patience for our own shortcomings and subsequent bruised ego – only then can we really be there and have compassion for others. Only then can [...]
Our true nature is that of perfection. In Buddhism it is called Buddha Nature – the primordial bases for everything. But as human beings most of us suffer from dualistic views of our experiences. Our ego twists and warps the energy of our life until it is a barely recognizable form of the reality of things. Our job on the spiritual path is to dismantle all this debris. These outmoded thought concepts, the faulty thinking, these facades that shroud our true nature – the masks we [...]
Just back from my travels in India. Had an extraordinary time. Was in Dharamsala for teachings by His Holiness the Karmapa, and in Mirik for teachings by Khenpo Rinpoche and His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche. Was very fortunate to get a Milarepa empowerment from His Eminence, which was one of the highlights of my trip in India. So I thought I would do this weeks blog on Milarepa, who I love very much. Milarepa was one of the most famous and powerful yogis to come out of [...]
When you have chosen a teacher and are working with them studying meditation and such, often you become aware that there is a lot of work that can be done around them; setup for classes, organize the group for events, help with website and communications or outreach to the community – well the list goes on and on. But you get the idea. When we volunteer to help our teacher in this way, it is called Seva, or Selfless service. Some organizations like to call it [...]
Pranayama is the science of controlling the breath. But if we look at the Sanskrit word a little closer we can see it is made up of two words: Prana – meaning life force and Yama meaning death. So it is often interpreted to mean the cessation of breath. That that is the goal of Pranayama – that your breath will stop for long periods – totally stilling the mind. But it can also be interpreted as Prana – lifeforce and Ayama – ever expanding. So [...]
We hear the word ‘Karma’ bandied around in our culture so much. ‘Karma’s a bitch’ or ‘Hey, it’s Karma – what comes around goes around!’ There is this not so subtle idea that Karma is a vengeful and unforgiving force in the universe – out to get YOU! This is not the case. Karma is likened to a beautiful sandy beach where the tide has just been in and is slowly ebbing out. A large seagull walks upon it looking for things to eat and leaves [...]
At the bottom of the Sushumna is a super power energy source in each one of us. Her name is Kundalini – and She is the feminine creative force within us. The great mother. As everything that is outside of us is also inside of us – She first went by the name ‘Sri’ and was exclaimed as the great Goddess manifesting within us. It is by Her power that we are able to operate in this body of ours. Those moments of ecstasy in rapture [...]
I was requested to write this blog about the Yugas by one of my students. What are the Yugas and how do they effect us here and now? Well according to the Vedas, an excellent explanation is given to time and how time is counted in Vedic terms. In the Vedas, time is divided up into long cycles and short cycles thought of as seasons of consciousness i.e. winter, spring, summer and fall. In the long cycles the winter season is called Kali Yuga. It lasts [...]
Last week, I spoke about how the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna were the three main Nadis in the Pranic Body. This week we are going to talk about the 6 main Chakras that reside in those places where the three supreme Nadis intersect. Chakras are these energy vortexes within the pranic body. They are like energy distribution centers – concentrated psychic energy whirlpools of different colored vibrational light. They take in energy and distribute it to the appropriate places around the body systems. Chakra in Sanskrit [...]