5 Skandhas
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by IdleChater
6d ago
1. Forms 2. Feeling 3. Perception 4. Formations 5. Consciousness The Skandhas form the basis of self. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche taught: "The five skandhas represent the constant structure of the human psychology as well as its pattern of evolution and the pattern of the evolution of the world. The skandhas are also related to blockages of different types — spiritual ones, material ones, and emotional ones." Glimpses of Abidharma (1975 ..read more
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Eight Worldly Preoccupations
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by IdleChater
6d ago
1. Hope for happiness 2. Fear of suffering 3. Hope for fame 4. Fear of insignificance 5. Hope for praise 6. Fear of blame 7. Hope for gain 8. Fear of loss Taken together, these preoccupations represent attachment and aversion ..read more
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Seven Factors of Awakening
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by IdleChater
6d ago
1. Mindfulness 2. Investigation 3. Energy 4. Joy 5. Tranquility 6. Concentration and 7. Equanimity ..read more
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Four Immeasurables
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by IdleChater
6d ago
Equanimity: The wish that all beings may be free from attachment, and aversion. Love: The wish that all beings may have happiness and causes of happiness. Compassion: The wish that all beings may be free from suffering and its causes. Joy: The wish that all beings may abide in happiness and that happiness may increase ..read more
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Genuine Devotion
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by IdleChater
6d ago
Devotion is the head of meditation, as is taught. The guru opens the gate to the treasury of oral instructions. To this meditator who continually supplicates him Grant your blessings, so that genuine devotion is born in me. This is a verse from the Kagyu Lineage Supplication. The term "Genuine Devotion" is one that often occurs in Kagyu writings. I was fortunate to be granted an interview with the man who would later become my Root Guru, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. There were several of us in that meeting, and we were each allowed a question of Rinpoche. I wasn't sure what that term meant. S ..read more
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What Meditation Is About
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by IdleChater
6d ago
Meditation is not about trying to become non-conceptual or to rid ourselves of negative emotions and thoughts; it's about trying to recognize that our thoughts and emotions arise from, and dissipate back into, the natural state. Lonchenpa's Three Cycles of Natural Freedom: Oral Translation and Commentary - Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche (IX ..read more
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Nature and spirituality
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by Jeroen
3w ago
It struck me a while ago that most religious views of the spiritual are useless obfuscations at best. For example, the Muslim heaven has rivers of wine. The Christian heaven and hell are places among the clouds and in the lava. These are things which are derivative, they are present on Earth and some enterprising priest has extended them into the spiritual world. Yet language brings these concepts to us as if they were truths. “Don’t you know what heaven is? Let me tell you…” They are cheap tricks to convince and frighten primitive people. If you accept these things are all the dreams of other ..read more
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Saint Anthony of Padua preaches to the fishes
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by Jeroen
3w ago
It struck me a while ago that my writing perhaps doesn’t get so many views and maybe I should start a blog. So a friend of mine, with whom I was discussing this idea, pointed me at a blog named “Saint Anthony of Padua preaches to the fishes” by a 70-year-old acquaintance of his, a philosopher. The blog is named after a miracle in the life of Saint Anthony of Padua, who arrived at a village to preach only to be met rudely by a bunch of local heretics. So he went to the waterfront and started to preach, and the fish gathered to hear him. The villagers on witnessing the miracle were much impresse ..read more
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Bringing light into the world
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by Jeroen
1M ago
I know I wasn’t going to spend too much time on spiritual topics, but I found myself watching a number of wonderful near-death experience reports, and I thought to myself, these are almost spiritual in nature. They talk about the hereafter, the nature of what we are, our purpose here on Earth, it’s almost like a complete life philosophy. And you can see the people who have had these experiences have been genuinely transformed by it, their reactions give it away, it’s like they know something and have had their lives changed by it. This man says, our purpose in life is to know joy. So to help ..read more
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ELLA WHEELER WILCOX. "WORTH WHILE"
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by Shoshin1
1M ago
ELLA WHEELER WILCOX. April 12th, 1910. WORTH WHILE It is easy enough to be pleasant When life flows by like a song, But the man worth while is the one who will smile When everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, And it always comes with the years, And the smile that is worth the praises of earth Is the smile that shines through tears. It is easy enough to be prudent When nothing tempts you to stray, When without or within no voice of sin Is luring your soul away; But it's only a negative virtue Until it is tried by fire, And the life that is worth the honour on earth I ..read more
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