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The Dharma as a Meditation In Our Lives
Last Sunday PM we
had a terrific discussion in the Question & Answer session at KCC Tiebetan
meditation group, in response to a question:
HOW do we make life meaningful and a practice
the dharma even after our meditation sessions?
Here us a summary of the excellent discussion:
Consider what are the reasons that
make me feel good about meditating?
Fill my mind with the dharma
Ask myself: how do I meditate
regularly? How can I make this happen?
How do I carry
loving kindness practice for myself and all
Consider totally enjoying each
Encourage myself to be happy with
what I am doing with my life!
Don't judge myself and be hard on
myself. Be happy with my successes.
Look at the book Genuine Happiness
by Alan Wallace
Practice integrating the dharma into other life
Recognize my innate awakened mind.
"Bookend" my day with taking refuge
and remembering Bodihchitta (changing my life to benefit all people):
whatever I do today will lead all beings out of suffering. May what I do end
Rejoice in all the good things done
in the world--by everyone--all of the time!
Look for acts of virtue--where ever I
am during the day. See
how my life is benefited by countless people every day.
Nurture a sence of rejoicing and
create a happy mind!
Watch out for the habit of pessimism
Contemplate the aspiration that
everyone may rejoice in their own virtue.
Notice my own goodness--make it a habit.
Celebrate the joy that others have in
Remember the kindness of all beings
(each person has been my mother in my countless past lives.)
I wanted to share with
you several wonderful resources that are amazing!
They explore and expand on everything that we talked about in the discussion:
Making Life Meaningful by Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
It is available on-line:
Become your own therapist and making your mind an ocean by Lama Yeshe:
I LOVE these books!
I hope that you enjoy all of these teachings and may all human, garbanzo, and
kidney beans benefit from our efforts!!