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Sangha July 9th 2018

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo: Bringing Six Perfections into Daily Life

Western yogini trained in the east.  Parameta six perfect actions

British woman who became ordained as a nun at 21

She lived twelve years in a cave of which the last three years were in silent meditation with a commitment to attain enlightenment in the female form-no matter how many lifetimes it takes.    Cave in the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie

 

To attain awakening on the Bodhisattva level- a person who is able to reach nirvana but delays doing so out of compassion in order to save suffering beings.- is a compound word formed from bodhi (spiritual awakening, enlightenment) and sattva (a being, essence, spirit)

integrate dharma into every day life not many people in meditate, make our daily lives

SIx precepts: how to live in this world harmlessly, others have nothing to fear, we are trustworthy, daily life practice, how to stay centered in the chaos,

Recharge and make use of teachings – Very ancient path

Everyone wants kindness and give them love

 

  1. Generosity, time, energy, sharing the gift of dharma is for a lifetime

Buddha began with this concept, open up the spiritual path through generosity open hand -open heart – quality of sharing, things and time, being there for others, no longer the center of our universe

 

  1. 2. Ethics, do no harm -fence around the garden of the heart, to keep out the wild animals, five precepts, based on how we can live in this world harmlessly– to benefit for all beings – vegetarian, not stealing, scrupulous about our sexual conduct, alcohol & drugs, control & understanding of our mind

 

  1. Patience, endurance, self-control, if people annoy us we appreciate that they are benefitting us, fearless compassion-it is strength, hatred ceases by non hatred, love is much more powerful, anger is a weakness, giving light where there is darkness, just as a mother lives her child as an only child, we cannot grow if we do not get upset

Ghandi, hold to the truth, we will triumph, non violent – we should not retaliate when angered, how to centered with all the people we meet, everyone wants love

Fearless compassion, strength, hatred is met with non-hatred

May they well and happy

 

  1. Effort, enthusiasm, does not seem like work, they are interested, good book-do not want to put it down, practice in our daily life, effort become effortless, what every we do is now a joy, ‘can’t do-laziness-poor self esteem- encourage our self we have the potential for awakening Buddha nature – wake up to our nature through meditation, distracted mind, passion…useless…laziness-not discourage our self, we all have Buddha nature and opportunity to be awakened like the Buddha

 

  1. Meditation – recognizing the nature of the mind- best way to wake up is meditation – idea is to first calm the busy mind, tame the monkey mind – quiet the mind – restless, never satisfied to sit still, short attention span- attention focused, single pointed mindfulness – makes the mind workable and then look inside- what is a thought- recognizing the nature of the mind – designed to help us wake up, to not believe our dream- we are still dreaming – Buddha- to wake up – Samadhi – wisdom – identification temporary is not our true nature, because we identify with all the world things – develop mindfulness, makes the mind flexible and workable and then we can look inside, what is a thought, where doe sit come from where does it go to

 

  1. perfection of wisdom, how we perceive our self and other misconception & illusion the protection of wisdom – the nature of the mind is compared with space and we cannot see it, the sense cannot know it and nothing can exist without space and arise for this space – non-dualistic, transcend I other, Buddha nature – we sit to recognize our ultimate nature then we recognize the perfect of wisdom, things are not the way they appear to be – various layers of the mind, space= mind

 

Kindness: Sharon Salzberg

It’s easy to feel separate from other people and forms of life. When experiencing the world dualistically, there’s a pervasive sense of “us” and “them,” or “self” and “other.” But no matter our belief system, actions, or status, we are all joined together in this world through strands of relationship and interconnection.

By practicing loving-kindness meditation, you can learn to see the lives of others as related to your own. This doesn’t mean you must like everybody, or agree with everything they do. It means you can open up to the possibility of caring for others not just because you like them, admire them, or are indebted to them, but because your lives are inextricably linked.

Use this practice to recover your innermost knowledge of that linkage, dissolve barriers you have been upholding, and genuinely awaken to how connected we all are.

 

  1. Begin with someone who has helped you; maybe they’ve been directly generous or kind, or have inspired you though you’ve never met them. When you think of them, they make you smile.
    Bring an image of the person to mind, or feel their presence as if they’re right in front of you. Say their name to yourself, and silently offer these phrases to them, focusing on one phrase at a time.
  • May you live in safety.
  • May you have mental happiness(peace, joy).
  • May you have physicalhappiness (health, freedom from pain).
  • May you live with ease.

Don’t struggle to fabricate a feeling or sentiment. If your mind wanders, simply begin again.

  1. After a few minutes, move on to a friend. Start with a friend who’s doing well right now, then switch to someone who is experiencing difficulty, loss, pain, or unhappiness.
  2. Offer loving-kindness to a neutral person, who you don’t feel a strong liking or disliking for: a cashier at the supermarket, a bank teller, a dry cleaner. When you offer loving-kindness to a neutral person, you are offering it to them simply because they exist—you are not indebted to or challenged by them.
  3. Offer loving-kindness toward a person with whom you have difficulty. Start with someone mildly difficult, and slowly work toward someone who has hurt you more grievously.

It’s common to feel resentment and anger, and it’s important not to judge yourself for that. Rather, recognize that anger burns within your heart and causes suffering, so out of the greatest respect and compassion for yourself, practice letting go and offering loving-kindness.

  1. Finish by offering loving-kindness to anyone who comes to mind—people, animals, those whom you like, those whom you don’t, in an adventurous expanse of your own power of kindness.

“Love Beyond God” by Reverend Adam Lawrence Ddyer

What if every time you woke
Your sigh was felt
By every being on Earth?

What if every time you spoke
Your words were heard
By every ear on Earth?

What if when you told a joke
You tickled the senses
Of every smile on Earth?

What if with each tender stroke
You shared your touch

With every hand on Earth?

What if when your heart broke
You tasted the tears
Running down every cheek on Earth?

No bond or brand or “guilted” yoke,
Surely this is love that reaches beyond,
That holds one to another
And every other to one.
No matter the color
Or where we’re from.
This is now.
This is we.
This is Love.
This is God.
And this is love beyond God.