I have been doing mediation everyday since about 2.5 years. I felt called to bring steadiness to my practice as I was preparing for a one day meditation and discussion retreat held by the Shambhala group in Sydney in the begining of 2019. This is where I begin to be involved in the Buddhists and Shambhala paths as part of my everyday life.
Community meetings and gatherings are a part of my practice. They are a beautiful way to learn from each other and be inspired by each other and connect with our Buddha Nature or Basic Goodness. I have been meeting with the Sydney Tuesday evening meditation meetings, the Margaree discussion group on the mahayana path, the discussion group of New Haven on the Shambhala path of the warrior. I also have been doing a 6 week class about The Four Reminders (preciousness of human birth, death, karma, suffering). I'm also doing a course on the Sadhana of Mahamudra, which was created by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1968, as he was doing an insightful retreat in Tagsang in Bhutan where Padmasambhava had manifested 800 years before in his wrathful form of crazy wisdom to bind worldly spirit to protect terma treasures. I practice the Sadhana on the new moons.
I write poetry about my aspirations, longing and devotion. I like to share the feeling of discovering elegance.
I am choosing a path that is different from what some of my family members have expected from me. This has inspired me to work towards forgiveness. There is a lot to forgive, mine and their shortcomings and ingratitude, misunderstandings, etc.
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Pema Chodron Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche Mingyur Rinpoche Thich Nhat Hanh Jo Ann Fox
I am doing this fundraiser to participate in the Half-Datun held at the retreat center Dorje Denma Ling from November 20th to December 5th. From DDL website"The datun, for both new and experienced meditators, will follow the intensive group retreat style introduced by Trungpa Rinpoche. Each day consists of a full schedule of alternating sitting and walking meditation. Meals will be taken in the meditation hall using the traditional Zen contemplative eating practice of oryoki." As I am choosing the Buddhist path and meditation as a way of life and taking refuge in the three jewels (the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha-community) I feel compelled to steep in the practices alongside practitioners and Teachers for 14 days.
When I take a meal I take the time to imagine that its nourishment will be offered to a group of people or animals that would benefit from receiving compassion. I make a prayers for them, I imagine what they would need to find to ease their suffering.
I practice Tonglen for everyone of my coworkers. I try to get a clear picture of the struggles they are going through, and send them personally tailored ease and comfort. I also do this with Sangha community members.
When I go shopping, I send a loving kindness and compassion prayer to all the cashier and retail worker that help me.
The cost of the program is 1250 from which I pay 777. To the amount left, 473 I add 40 to cover for the offering bowl and PayPal. I also applied for a fund from Pema Chodron foundation, and they request from me that I also do an offering bowl, so that more of the fund may be distributed to other participants who needs it too.
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