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The Compassion Book II

The Compassion Book

16.Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation.

The unexpected will stop your mind. Rest in that space. When thoughts start again, do tonglen, breathing in whatever pain you may feel, thinking that others also feel like this, and gradually becoming more and more willing to feel this pain with the wish that others won’t have to suffer. If it is a “good” shock, send out any joy you may feel, wishing for others to feel it also. Continue reading The Compassion Book II

The Compassion Book I

The Compassion Book

“For many years, the fifty-nine slogans that are contained in this book have been the primary focus of my personal practice and teaching. These Tibetan Buddhist slogans (called lojong, or “mind-training” teachings) offer pithy, powerful reminders on how to awaken our hearts in the midst of day-to-day life, under any circumstances.”

1.First, train in the preliminaries.

The preliminaries are also known as the four reminders. In your daily life, try to:

1.1. Maintain an awareness of the preciousness of human life.

1.2. Be aware of the reality that life ends; death comes for everyone.

1.3. Recall that whatever you do, whether virtuous or not, has a result; what goes around comes around.

1.4. Contemplate that as long as you are too focused on self-importance and too caught up in thinking about how you are good or bad, you will suffer. Obsessing about getting what you want and avoiding what you don’t want does not result in happiness.

2.Regard all dharmas as dreams.

3.Examine the nature of unborn awareness.

4.Self-liberate even the antidote.

5.Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence.

6.In postmeditation, be a child of illusion.

7.Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. These two should ride the breath. (Tonglen)

8.Three objects (friends, enemies, neutrals), three poisons (craving, aversion, indifference), and three seeds of virtue.

9.In all activities, train with slogans.

10.Begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself.

11.When the world is filled with evil, Transform all mishaps into the path of Bodhi heart.

(Use the tonglen approach and breathe in the pain of the situation, wishing that all beings could be free of it. Then breathe out and send loving-kindness to all suffering beings, including yourself.)

12.Drive all blames into one.

13.Be grateful to everyone.

(Others will always show you exactly where you are stuck. They say or do something and you automatically get hooked into a familiar way of reacting. Without others provoking you, you remain ignorant of your painful habits and cannot train in transforming them into the path of awakening.)

14.Seeing confusion as the four kayas is unsurpassable shunyata (complete openness) protection.

15.Four practices are the best of methods.

The four practices are:

15.1. accumulating merit through any actions or words that lessen self-absorption

and thus create more space in your mind and heart,

15.2. laying down evil deeds through honest and joyful self-reflection,

15.3. offering to the dons* by welcoming mishaps because they wake you up

15.4. offering to the dharmapalas** by expressing your gratitude to those who protect the teachings that help you and your fellow beings to wake up.

*don= a sudden wake up call

**dharmapalas= the protectors; outer situations that bring us back when we stray into unkindness and confusion of all kinds

Source: The Compassion Book – Pema Chodron

 

Adventures Beyond The Body

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This is a great book. It gives a lot of techniques and advice for astral travel and out-of-body-experiences (OBEs). William Buhlman appeared in a documentary about Robert Monroe starting his lab and the Monroe Institute. He was one of the researchers helping Bob and I resonated with him.

It’s been long since I took notes from a book and started practicing from it right away like with this one. But it really fascinates me. It’s a natural capacity that we have to experience the complex universe of consciousness.

Wish me luck and join me if you feel like it 😉

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The only reality to me was the objects or beings that were vibrating close to my new personal frequency rate. Reality is relative to the vibrational density of the observer.

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1.Reality is relative. Experienced reality is relative to the energy frequency of the observer. We experience the energy frequencies closest to our personal density or vibratory rate.

2.Consciousness is a form of nonphysical energy extending its influence into matter through the use of biological vehicles.

3.All biological life-forms (including plant and animal life) are temporary cellular vehicles used by conscious energy (consciousness) for expression in a dense environment.

4.Our current perception that consciousness is within the physical body is incorrect. Consciousness exists at a much higher frequency or wavelength than matter and must interact with biological forms by the use of energy conduits or vehicles of form. These unseen energy vehicles transfer and step down the higher frequency of consciousness into the relatively dense physical body.

5.The biological brain is not the origin of consciousness. Instead, it functions as a temporary biological transfer-and-storage device for consciousness.

6.Consciousness is a continuum of nonphysical energy extending its awareness through multiple frequencies (dimensions) of the universe.

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Continuum of Consciousness (Modes of perception)

1.Physical waking consciousness

2.Hypnogogic state/meditative states/creative visualization/hypnotic states/numerous altered states of consciousness

3.Dreams

4.Lucid dreams

5.Spontaneous out-of-body experiences

6.Near-death experiences

7.Controlled out-of-body exploration within various nonphysical dimensions of the universe

8.Continues within the nonphysical dimensions of the universe into infinity.

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“Sit down before fact like a small child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abyss nature lead, or you will learn nothing.” T.H. Huxley

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“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” Schopenhauer

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Basic Energy Mechanics

1.The nonphysical universe becomes progressively less dense in substance and increasingly thought-responsive as we explore away from matter and toward the source of energy.

2.As a form of creative energy, our thoughts have a natural tendency to interact with and mold the nonphysical environments we encounter. In general, the farther within the multidimensional universe we explore, the more rapid and pronounced this thought reaction is upon the energy environment.

3.Our thoughts, both conscious and subconscious, will influence the nonphysical energy that we observe. The degree of influence is in direct proportion to the intensity of our thoughts and the density of our surroundings.

4.The reality perceived in a thought-responsive environment (nonconsensus or natural) is determined by the personal energy frequency (density) of the observer and the observer’s prevailing conscious and subconscious thoughts.

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“Man’s mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimension.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Source: William Buhlman – Adventures Beyond The Body