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TALK RATHER THAN PRACTICE

Instead of really practicing Dharma, we often only talk about practicing Dharma. The more we talk without practicing, the more we lose our energy in words and so the more our point of view is lost.

~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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Verse 2348

They speak of states two, "I" and "He",
But there is a state, where "I" and "He" are undifferentiated,
Those who are in Supreme non-activity state,
Will not the difference cognize,
Abiding in Self, and He and Self as one uniting,
Is the state of "Sutha",Absolute pure."

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MEDITATE ON IMPERMANENCE, COMPASSION, AND EMPTINESS

Think about death and impermanence for a long time. Once you are certain that you are going to die, you will no longer find it hard to put aside harmful actions nor difficult to do what is right.
After that meditate for a long time on love and compassion. Once love fills your heart, you will no longer find it hard to dispel all your delusions. Then meditate for a longer time on emptiness, the natural state. Once you fully understand emptiness, you will no longer find it hard to dispel all your delusions.

~ Geshe Potowa

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HOW TO MEDITATE WHILE LIVING "IN THE WORLD"

The most important aspect is to cultivate a good motivation and t o carry out your daily program within it. Early in the morning as well as late in the night, you can spend at least half an hour in practice - meditation, recitation, daily yoga, or the like. Then, while working during the day, you should remember the motivation.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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SOME TIPS FOR MEDITATION PRACTICE

If your practice is weak at the beginning of a meditation session but becomes better later on, you need a little more discipline at the outset to focus the mind. If, by tightening up the mind in this way, it becomes taxed or rebellious, you have been too forceful and must loosen the mind a bit. Also, eat as your meditation requires; don't overdo it. Watch the amount and type of food. Moderation is the watchword. Don't sleep during the daytime. Take good care of your body. Maintain your health and apply yourself diligently in practice.

~ Deshung Rinpoche

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AWARENESS OR VIPASHYANA/VIPASSANA

Meditation does not consist only of Shamatha. The other aspect is Vipashyana, or insight, which in Tibetan is called 'Ihagthong'. The term 'Ihagthong' literally means "superior seeing." This can be interpreted as 'seeing that which is the essential nature.' It's nature is a lucidity, a clarity of mind, based on the foregoing Shamatha, which enables one to determine the characteristics and ultimate nature of all things unmistakenly, without confusion or mix-up of any kind. Fundamentally, it consists of a recognition of the abiding or basic nature of everything, in an unmistaken manner. For this reason, Vipashyana meditation is referred to as Superior Seeing or Superior Vision, Ihagthong.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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MINDFULNESS AND AWARENESS

Mindfulness is taking an interest in precision of all kinds, in the simplicity of the breath, of walking, of the sensations of the body, of the experiences of the mind - of the thought process and memories of all kinds. Awareness is acknowledging the totality of the whole thing.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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THE ATTAINMENT OF SHAMATHA

Upon attainment of Shamatha, the object appears neither separate nor identical with the subject. It is just like looking at something with eyes. You don't have any conceptual program indicating that it's different, or any kind of identification that it is the same. It is just there.

~ Gen Lamrimpa Rinpoche

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WHAT IS SHAMATHA?

The word Shamatha in Sanskrit, or 'shi-ne' in Tibetan, means "peacefully, harmoniously being." Both 'shama' and 'shi' mean "peace" and 'tha' and 'ne' mean "to abide," "to reside." Another way of saying it is "calmly being." The mind is settled. This does not mean that we are just peacefully ignoring things. What it means is that the mind is able to be in itself without constantly leaving. Peace means not struggling. If there is peace, things work. If there is war, there is struggle, fighting, discomfort, pain. When there is conflict, there is agitation and irritation, and the energy is very scattered. With peace, that does not happen.

We might ask if that peaceful mind is a natural state of being or an unnatural state. In other words, are we falsely creating this state of mind when we sit there ? This would be impossible because if the mind were not fundamentally at peace, then no matter how much meditation we did, the mind would always revert to a state that is not at peace. That would not be 'shi-ne, abiding peacefully or calmly. So we have to realize that shi-ne, calmly abiding, is a descriptive term of the mind as its basis, as it is. The mind is intristically and naturally in harmony. So we are not 'creating' a peaceful state - our mind is that way to begin with...Shi-ne and Shamatha describe how our mind actually is naturally - if it is worked with.

~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SHAMATHA

It is of primary importance in meditation practice to develop a quality of knowing oneself. Initally, this can occur through the practice of Shamatha meditation. We can develop a tremendous communication with mind, surpassing anything in our past experience. We can also discover profoundly rich and powerful qualities of mind, which we have yet to experience and know. This fundamental sense of getting to know our mind develops within the practice of Shamatha meditation.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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SHAMATHA

Shamatha means "development of peace." In this case, peace refers to the harmony connected with accuracy rather than to peace from the point of view of pleasure rather than pain. We have experienced pain, discomfort, because we have failed to relate to the harmony of things as they are. We haven't seen things as they are precisely, directly, properly... When we talk about peace, we mean that for the first time we are able to see ourselves completely, perfectly, beautifully as 'what we are'.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Repetitiveness and dullness are intimately connected. Stuck in repetitive patterns, you lose your intelligence.

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"Make an effort to recognize those energies that confine and limit our lives. Isolate them. Sand them down. File them down. Chisel them down one chip at a time, day by day. Keep observing everything with careful scrutiny - everything, including the observer. Shake every concept loose until nothing is left of what you previously mistook for something."

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It is possible to practice God’s Name under the most adverse circumstances.. He causes everything to happen and is there­fore ever near.

When you leave everything to Him Who is the Fountain of Peace, and then only may you hope for peace.

When the mind centres on what gives peace and one’s gaze dwells on what promotes it, when One’s ears listen to what fills the heart with peace and at all times there is a response from Him Who is peace itself, then only can there be promise of peace.

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As such, there is no right decision in life. If you make a decision and put your everything into it, it will turn out wonderfully.

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'I don’t even believe UJ Krishnamoorthy is enlightened, he is stupid!
If you want to become mad, loosu, depressed, follow UJ Krishnamoorthy!
I don’t want to classify UJ Krishnamoorthi in the enlightened beings,
so I don’t want to talk about him, the statements I made is enough.'

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Enlightenment is neither difficult nor easy. It is what it is!

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Those who cause me suffering
Are like Buddhas bestowing their blessings.
Since they lead me to liberating paths
Why should I get angry with them?

"Don't they obstruct your virtuous practice?"
No! There is no virtuous practice greater than patience;
Therefore I will never get angry
With those who cause me suffering.

If, because of my own shortcomings,
I do not practice patience with my enemy
It is not he, but I, who prevents me from practicing patience.

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If you believe that you are at the mercy of your genetic code, great news, you're not. According to the science of epigenetics (the study of how environmental factors outside of DNA influence changes in gene expression), stem cells and even DNA can be altered through magnetic fields, heart coherence, positive mental states and intention. Top scientists around the world agree: genetic determinism is a flawed theory.

The DNA we are born with is not the sole determinant for our health and well-being. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., discusses the important difference between genetic determinism and epigenetics in an interview with SuperConsciousness magazine:

"The difference between these two is significant because this fundamental belief called genetic determinism literally means that our lives, which are defined as our physical, physiological and emotional behavioral traits, are controlled by the genetic code. This kind of belief system provides a visual picture of people being victims: If the genes control our life function, then our lives are being controlled by things outside of our ability to change them. This leads to victimization that the illnesses and diseases that run in families are propagated through the passing of genes associated with those attributes. Laboratory evidence shows this is not true."

Lipton's theory is confirmed by Carlo Ventura, M.D., Ph.D., professor and researcher at the University of Bologna in Italy. Dr. Ventura has shown through lab testing that the DNA of stem cells can be altered using magnetic field frequencies.

"It's like a time machine. You're reprogramming somehow backward with these cells to an uncertain state in which any kind of decision is somehow possible; even the decision to become virtually any kind of cell of the organism. And just think about the tremendous potential of this discovery."

He adds that two Nobel Prize-winning scientists discovered even "nonstem adult cells can be epigenetically reprogrammed backward to a state where they can eventually give rise to neural cells, cardiac cells, skeletal muscle cells or insulin-producing cells."

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What is keeping one from being in one's natural state?
One is constantly moving away from OneSelf.
One wants to be happy;
One is dissatisfied with one's experiences of life.
One wants new ones.
One wants to perfect oneself,
To change oneself.
Trying to be something other than what one is, is
The going away from OneSelf.
It is the resistance to what-is.
The desire to alter this you, is
The only energy that sustains it.
In the absence of this energy
~You~ cannot continue;
THEN, THE NATURAL STATE SHINES EFFORTLESSLY

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The individual perceives that
Life is happening to him whereas
The one who has
Relinquished his individuality
Perceives that life is
Merely happening.
This is the state wherein
Tension cannot arise.

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Q: Master Wu Hsin, I come before you because I am not seeing
any results from my efforts. What do you advise me to do?

A: As sunlight hitting an object creates a shadow ,
the light of consciousness hitting the form of its instrument
creates what in essence is also a shadow, the seeming self.
What efforts can such a shadow make?
Can you cook food on a painting of a fire?

~ 'Behind the Mind'

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Q: Master, how do I remove this sense of "mine" which pervades so much?

A: When Wu Hsin has a brief stay in a guest house,
he dare not claim the water pitcher beside the bed as “mine”.
In much the same way, when one understands that this seeming life
is merely a brief stay, the notion of “mine” will not arise.

~ 'Behind the Mind'

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Q: Master, why do I not see what you see?

A: You have accepted your mind as your teacher.
You listen to it and obey its instructions.
Little wonder you have gone so far from your true nature.

~ 'Behind the Mind'

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Q: Master Wu Hsin, I have been told that you can help me become unlimited.
If this is so, please instruct me in your ways.

A: First, find who it is who assigned limitation to you.
You will find it is only yourself, as you have defined yourself.
Limitation is the very essence of personality.
Investigate whether or not you have been lying to yourself. That is all.

~ 'Behind the Mind'

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Q: Master, why do you refuse to recommend any practice?

A: All practices require doing something.
As such, they reinforce the cage that holds you, the notion of a doer.
Any method, no matter how promising, fortifies the structure of the ego,
further increasing the chaos.
It is like tasking a cat to guard a bowl of milk.
Only being requires no doing.
This is the one true practice.

~ From 'Behind the Mind' .

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