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Old 14-09-2013, 10:20 AM   #21
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Thumbs up Dharma talks

http://www.buddhanet.net/audio-talks.htm

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Old 14-09-2013, 10:56 AM   #22
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Google " DharmaWheel" to find the biggest online Buddhist forum out there but be warned, it's 'dog eat dog' on there.
There are more Buddhist denominations than there are Xtian ones and those " THIS IS RIGHT - YOU ARE WRONG" Buddhist 'own' denomination boosters are less charitable to anyone not in 'their' brand of Buddhism than opposing denominational Xtians are to those in other Xtian sects.
If you think Protestants are down on Roman Catholics you've seen nothing until you've read a Pure Land Buddhist ripping into a Tibetan Buddhist or a Zen groupie whaling on a Western Buddhist and all 'vice versa', those guys are as bad as each other.

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Old 14-09-2013, 11:08 AM   #23
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Thumbs up

As inviting as that sounds, Gmp, think I'll give it a miss
Don't feel the need to defend my beliefs. will just plod on in my own way.

Thanks for the post though, it may be good for someone else reading this.
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Old 14-09-2013, 11:14 AM   #24
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Same here.
Tried it, came away shaking my head sadly.
You get a far better class of spirituality, and many many more laughs; right here on DIF.
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Old 14-09-2013, 03:28 PM   #25
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thanks for the audio. he said gautama was the most recent buddha. yet he is said to be the founder of buddhism. say what? interesting. have been planning on studying this stuff.
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Old 14-09-2013, 03:37 PM   #26
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You're welcome, Greenery.
I've not listened to it myself yet, but thought I'd leave a link on here so I know where to find it.
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Old 14-09-2013, 06:46 PM   #27
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What mudras are and how to use them.


Mudras are positions of the body that have some kind of influence on the energies of the body, or your mood. Mostly the hands and fingers are held in some position, but the whole body may be part of the mudra as well.


Open the Root Chakra

Let the tips of your thumb and index finger touch.
Concentrate on the Root chakra at the spot in between the genitals and the anus.
Chant the sound LAM.

Open the Sacral Chakra

Put your hands in your lap, palms up, on top of each other. Left hand underneath, its palm touching the back of the fingers of the right hand. The tips of the thumbs touch gently.
Concentrate on the Sacral chakra at the sacral bone (on the lower back).
Chant the sound VAM.


Open the Navel Chakra

Put your hands before your stomach, slightly below your solar plexus. Let the fingers join at the tops, all pointing away from you. Cross the thumbs. It is important to straighten the fingers.
Concentrate on the Navel chakra located on the spine, a bit above the level of the navel.
Chant the sound RAM.


Open the Heart Chakra

Sit cross-legged. Let the tips of your index finger and thumb touch. Put your left hand on your left knee and your right hand in front of the lower part of your breast bone (so a bit above the solar plexus).
Concentrate on the Heart chakra at the spine, level with the heart.
Chant the sound YAM.




Open the Throat Chakra

Cross your fingers on the inside of your hands, without the thumbs. Let the thumbs touch at the tops, and pull them slightly up.
Concentrate on the Throat chakra at the base of the throat.
Chant the sound HAM.



Open the Third Eye Chakra

Put your hands before the lower part of your breast. The middle fingers are straight and touch at the tops, pointing forward. The other fingers are bended and touch at the upper two phalanges. The thumbs point towards you and touch at the tops.
Concentrate on the Third Eye chakra slightly above the point between the eyebrows.
Chant the sound OM or AUM.



Open the Crown Chakra

Put your hands before your stomach. Let the ring fingers point up, touching at their tops. Cross the rest of your fingers, with the left thumb underneath the right.
Concentrate on the Crown chakra at the top of your head.
Chant the sound NG.
Warning: don't use this meditation for the Crown chakra while you don't have a strong Root chakra (you need a strong foundation first).


Read more at: www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/open.php
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I know this "aura,chakra" stuff is supposed to be the vibrations and postures for health etc..
But surly there is a spark of life that exists before all the chakras are even created!
Consider this
Over 10,000 years acupuncture has made a concrete meridian structure science..
could this meridian body be pushed over, i.e could the collective mindform associated with the science be changed as a whole, moving the mirror doesnt kill you..
same with chakras..the whole collumn of kundalini.. not individual chakras.
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Old 26-09-2013, 08:54 AM   #28
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tilt your head to the left.....

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.... it's just a mater of perspective.

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Excellent thread getagrip!
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The belief that society exists has sabotaged every effort to change mankind. It is the reason why revolutions have failed. It is about a totally different revolution: the revolution in the heart of the individual.

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Default Loving-kindness meditation




Loving-kindness is a heart meditation and should not be seen as just a formal sitting practice removed from everyday life.


So take your good vibes outside into the streets, at home, at work and into your relationships.
Applying the practice to daily life is a matter of directing a friendly attitude and having openness toward everybody you relate to, without discrimination.


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How to do it . . .

The practice always begins with developing a loving acceptance of yourself. If resistance is experienced then it indicates that feelings of unworthiness are present. No matter, this means there is work to be done, as the practice itself is designed to overcome any feelings of self-doubt or negativity. Then you are ready to systematically develop loving-kindness towards others.


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Four Types of Persons to Develop Loving-kindness Towards:

a respected, beloved person — such as a spiritual teacher;


a dearly beloved — a close family member or friend;


a neutral person — somebody you know, but have no special feelings towards,
e.g. person who serves you in a shop;


a hostile person — someone you are currently having difficulty with.


Starting with yourself, then systematically sending loving-kindness from person to person in the above order will have the effect of breaking down the barriers between the four types of people and yourself. This will have the effect of breaking down the divisions within your own mind, the source of much of the conflict we experience. Just a word of caution if you are practicing intensively. It is best if you choose a member of the same sex or, if you have a sexual bias to your own sex, a person of the opposite sex. This is because of the risk that the near enemy of loving-kindness, lust, can be aroused. Try different people to practice on, as some people do not easily fit into the above categories, but do try to keep to the prescribed order.

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Ways of Arousing Feelings of loving-kindness:
1.
Visualisation — Bring up a mental picture. See yourself or the person the feeling is directed at smiling back at you or just being joyous.

2.
By reflection — Reflect on the positive qualities of a person and the acts of kindness they have done. And to yourself, making an affirmation, a positive statement about yourself, using your own words.

3.
Auditory — This is the simplest way but probably the most effective. Repeat an internalized mantra or phrase such as 'loving-kindness'.


.Loving-kindness meditation can be brought in to support the practice of insight meditation to help keep the mind open and sweet. It provides the essential balance to support Insight meditation practice.

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Loving-kindness is a heart meditation and should not be seen as just a formal sitting practice removed from everyday life.


So take your good vibes outside into the streets, at home, at work and into your relationships.
Applying the practice to daily life is a matter of directing a friendly attitude and having openness toward everybody you relate to, without discrimination.


***

How to do it . . .

The practice always begins with developing a loving acceptance of yourself. If resistance is experienced then it indicates that feelings of unworthiness are present. No matter, this means there is work to be done, as the practice itself is designed to overcome any feelings of self-doubt or negativity. Then you are ready to systematically develop loving-kindness towards others.


***

Four Types of Persons to Develop Loving-kindness Towards:

a respected, beloved person — such as a spiritual teacher;


a dearly beloved — a close family member or friend;


a neutral person — somebody you know, but have no special feelings towards,
e.g. person who serves you in a shop;


a hostile person — someone you are currently having difficulty with.


Starting with yourself, then systematically sending loving-kindness from person to person in the above order will have the effect of breaking down the barriers between the four types of people and yourself. This will have the effect of breaking down the divisions within your own mind, the source of much of the conflict we experience. Just a word of caution if you are practicing intensively. It is best if you choose a member of the same sex or, if you have a sexual bias to your own sex, a person of the opposite sex. This is because of the risk that the near enemy of loving-kindness, lust, can be aroused. Try different people to practice on, as some people do not easily fit into the above categories, but do try to keep to the prescribed order.

***

Ways of Arousing Feelings of loving-kindness:
1.
Visualisation — Bring up a mental picture. See yourself or the person the feeling is directed at smiling back at you or just being joyous.

2.
By reflection — Reflect on the positive qualities of a person and the acts of kindness they have done. And to yourself, making an affirmation, a positive statement about yourself, using your own words.

3.
Auditory — This is the simplest way but probably the most effective. Repeat an internalized mantra or phrase such as 'loving-kindness'.


.Loving-kindness meditation can be brought in to support the practice of insight meditation to help keep the mind open and sweet. It provides the essential balance to support Insight meditation practice.

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We used to do this in meditation too

And, as well as the four types of people, there is a fifth.

Where your meditation starts with Yourself, we'd bring the Self in as the last and final opening

Sometimes people find this the hardest to do - we can all give and send love to other, but to do the same to self has many hurdles, many barriers.

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Old 07-10-2013, 08:59 AM   #39
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Mudras are symbolic. It's nice to know.

For some meditation involves body, mind and speech.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvNXC1Z2vY4


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Old 08-10-2013, 02:57 PM   #40
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Default Reality.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqF3lC0YpEI

I love this video, an Italian in a green t-shirt, sitting on a throne!
This is the son of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, Khyentse Yeshe.

His teaching is very profound.


The world is changing,
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