A Spirit of Reverence Provided by Lama Surya Das with entire credit to John Blofeld

A zen pupil articulates the particular dissimilarities between the conceptual along with ritual parts of practice. This text was in fact brought to our notice by Lama Surya Das Married who is an American lama inside the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He’s a poet, chantmaster, religious activist as well as author of several popular works on Buddhism; a meditation tutor and spokesperson for Buddhism in the west. Lama Surya Das keeps us updated concerning the a variety of facets of Buddhism and also meditation occasionally with his very own discourse and often via articles along with content which sheds light on Buddhism. This particular piece on Buddhism stems from John Blofeld a scholar, writer, along with translator of Asian philosophy along with religion, specifically Buddhism along with Taoism. Continue reading to read more information on Buddhism and also the distinctions involving the conceptual in addition to ritual aspects of practice.

Given that Buddhism came to the West, inevitably some people have felt, “Zazen is good, love is great, self-discipline is a useful one, why all this bowing along with incense? To whom would you provide incense as well as flowers?” For this all of the Buddhists of the past and all of Asian ?Buddhists today might answer with one voice: “Dear friends, a spirit of reverence is vital to effective practice. Without it, enlightenment can never be acquired!”

Prostrations in addition to offerings usually are admittedly just forms-just a person’s way of articulating what cats express by rubbing themselves alongside a much loved person’s legs. If it had been natural for individuals to stand on their heads as well as stick out their rumps to convey respect, then Buddhists would probably stand on their particular heads or even stick out their rumps as a matter of course. Styles usually do not matter in themselves, but the attitude of mind displayed by prostrations and so forth is of fantastic significance to followers of the Way.

My Tibetan lama explained at a very early stage of my training: “Ignorant people embrace the perspective of subject to king before a Buddha statue. Higher-level practice is accomplished totally within the mind. However even if you reach the maximum level-hard certainly to succeed in in one lifetime-you have to every day alternate formless, wordless, above-conceptual practice with bowing down and making offerings. Never fail in that.” My Chinese Chan (Zen) educator told me: “In between your rounds of meditation, practice bowing, supplying incense, along with making circumambulations. When you have no spirit of reverence, virtually no feeling of awe for all that lies beyond the constraints of that miserably circumscribed illusion you suppose to be your ‘me,’ you will earn hardly any development. Why? Simply because whenever your practice improves, you may reflect: ‘I did much better within my meditation just now’ and by so contemplating fall back to the lowest level of ignorance owing to the actual consequent inflation of one’s devilish ‘I’!”

Those Zen priests who said, “Meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha” or even recommended utilizing Buddha figures as firewood and so forth were talking not to Americans or even to new Buddhists but to Chinese or perhaps Japanese Zen followers that could be counted upon to comprehend the meaning of these recommendations, which truly amounted to this: “Never for one minute suppose that veneration of sutras or perhaps images is of much use in itself, thus don’t let it switch the rest of your practice, as uninformed people often do.” I doubt if it actually entered those monks’ minds that one day there’d be people in the world who’d take these powerful (in addition to funny) injunctions actually!

If it is incorrect to have and also to symbolize behavior of reverence, awe, along with gratitude by prostrations in addition to offerings, then all Buddhists have been wrong considering that the dharma was basically preached within this latest kalpa 2,500 plus much more years ago. Can it be probable that those 100s of millions of people at all levels of dedication to the particular practice we so significantly value included no single man or woman of genuine understanding till Buddhism reached America?

Join Lama Surya Das – Recognizing our collective interdependence.

Buddhist thought and practice has always emphasized nonviolence, especially protecting and cherishing of all forms of life. This is based on the interwoven interdependence of all things–all of us, and all creatures great and small. Today we celebrate Earth Day, and I ask you: What may inspire, motivate and sustain your feelings of connection and universal responsibility, intentional altruistic actions, and the recognition that we must move from me to we if we are to survive and flourish on this endangered planet?
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I find it by going mindfully outside, interbeing with the beauty and richness of nature, and observing directly the inseparable unity of doing and being in moments of inter-meditation, co-meditating with water, sky, wind and trees; and thru the inseparable unity of contemplation and action, faith and deeds, on the path of awakened living.
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Recognizing our interconnectedness and collective interdependence allows us to appreciate, respect and accept our undeniable responsibility to protect all the flora and fauna of this earth, and all the habitats, oceans and rivers too. Unfortunately, we seem unable to recognize the interdependence of all.
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A sage said: “The light by which we see is the one by which we are seen.” You can see this at many levels, human and divine. We do need genuine change and transformation, each and all of us. And our broken social systems also need transformation. I know now that we can’t just ask what needs changing without sincerely striving to know and transform ourselves.
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The future begins now, starting with one step. It’s time to open our wisdom eye and good heart, and grok this world, clear and open. Considering trends, problems, challenges and opportunities we face, I believe we must ask ourselves and each other: “What can we do to contribute to a better world and planet? What can we do individually and collectively toward alleviating suffering and edifying and awakening the world through our noble-hearted and compassionate, all-inclusive bodhichitta (innate enlightened mind), thru love in action, for the benefit of one and all?
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As a tantric Tibetan song of enlightenment goes:
“The whole universe is my body, all beings my heart & mind.”
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With Love and blessings,
Lama Surya Das

Original Source – http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Our-Collective-Interdependence-.html?soid=1103289318709&aid=H7sqwXMPkzo

Look at ourselves

Let’s really look into ourselves, for once, candidly and unstintingly. What are we seeking? What are we missing, if anything? What do we want? Let’s put it very crassly. Not just what do we “aspire to,” but what the hell do we really want? And then try to go for that. Even if it’s just money or a new car or love interest. Because then when we have that, we might still find that we want more. Then we must go on and look deeper until we find what is really satisfying, fulfilling, and leads to long term contentment. But if we are afraid to reach out, afraid to ask, to want or take anything for ourselves; if we pretend we don’t want anything; if we deny all our impulses, desires, hopes, wishes and needs, then we don’t get anywhere. We take all the passion and energy, drive and juice out of our path.

So I ask you: Ask yourself what you are really seeking and want, your greatest desire? Also, what are you afraid of? What is holding you back? What is your greatest fear, and would you be willing to face it? I assure you that fear is already motivating and conditioning you, unconsciously or obviously. The Dharma is the end of all desire. Not the end of passion, but the end of craving and grasping at desire in unhealthy ways. Spiritual freedom and autonomy brings liberation and the immense untapped raw energy that awaits us just below the surface of desire and passion.

I take refuge in awareness and reality-testing, and awaken warm and empathic compassion in recognizing others in similar situations. Fearlessly seek what we are after, and penetrate deeply. We can’t control our conditioning and karma, but we can learn how to be more skillful with them, and ultimately how to be accepting and one with them as well as free of their unhappy effects.

With love & blessings,
Lama Surya Das

Article Source – http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Looking-at-Ourselves.html?soid=1103289318709&aid=7eSkbcHdATY

The Essence of Spirituality by Lama Surya Das

Spirituality – Spirituality isn’t concerning convictions – it’s concerning the method we tend to live and direct our everyday lives. Spirituality is concerned with those qualities of the human soul – like love and sympathy, tolerance, forgiveness, enjoyment, a way of liability, a way of harmony – that brings happiness to both self as well as other people. Spirituality is an important part of faith. Spirituality is often outlined as the in progress endeavor to grow in our relationship with God.

Buddhism Spirituality – Buddhist spirituality is concerned with the top of suffering through the enlightened understanding of reality. The spiritual practices of the Buddhist tradition vary considerably among its many major varieties, however all of them are unit orientated towards final freedom from suffering and therefore the cultivation of insight and empathy.

The essence of spirituality

The essence of spirituality is one that permits the mind to be at oneness with all of creation. They are able to let go of judgments that make disharmony between beliefs, in this way permitting everyone to experience their true path while not battling negativity.

When one comes with pure source energy with true love vibrations they’re spiritually connected. They believe the divine power that lives inside all of creation. To completely perceive Spirituality one should become connected to the present pure source energy and inhale it in with each breath.

According to Lama Surya Das – The essence of spiritual healing is love. Surya Das believes we are able to heal ourselves through adoration and discover fulfillment in love. Which might not involve another person? It’s going to be between my true self and I or in the middle of me and God, to place it in theistic terms. Obviously, we are able to expertise by being transported by the excellence of nature or a sunset. I feel the arts are an extraordinary method of awakening the heart today. Service and generosity, giving of ourselves is one of the best ways, one of the high roads to Enlightenment. It always has been. Kabir, the poet saint of India sang “Try to live the Path of Love.”

The importance of spirituality –

Many people see spirituality as a good way of seeking solace and peace in their life. It will usually be practiced aboard things like meditation that ultimately specialize in stress relief and release of feeling.

Spirituality is used as some way of gaining perspective, recognizing that our role in life features a larger worth than simply what we have a tendency to do daily. It will separate a person from dependence on material things and establish a greater purpose. Some people also see spirituality as some way of managing modification or uncertainty.
Ten spiritual observations from Lama Surya Das –

1. Truth telling is a rigorous spiritual practice.

2. Buddha’s not imagining.

3. We have a tendency to can’t simply believe whatever we predict. We think, accordingly, we err.

4. That which we call “I” is simply impermanent, ownerless karma moving along. Don’t take it personally.

5. Everyone is a little crazy. Remembering this helps us lighten up.

6. We require a spiritual life, not simply special experiences.

7. Grasping fleeting things to tightly give us rope burn.

8. Mindfulness practice helps us become additional transparent to ourselves.

9. Resistance is another type of clinging.

10. Work on being there while getting there.

Article Source – http://www.surya.org/ten-spiritual-observations-from-lama-surya-das/

Spring on Maui Retreat with Ram Dass, Lama Surya Das, Mirabai Bush & Friends

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 – Monday, May 09, 2016
Napili Kai Beach Resort @ Napili Bay
5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
United States
Map and Directions

Renew, Refresh and Revitalize with Ram Dass
in Natural Wonders & Beauty this Spring on Maui

Daily Meditation & Dharma Talks with Ram Dass, Lama Surya Das
and Mirabai Bush
Special LIVE podcast sessions with Duncan Trussell
and Raghu Markus
Nightly Kirtan with Nina Rao and her band; also, featuring a special evening of music with singer/songwriter Trevor Hall

Daily 90 minute “LIVE Music Hatha Yoga Experience”
Dr. Saraswati Markus of Dao Flow Yoga
with
Benjy & Heather Wertheimer

Sacred Music Mornings with Shantala

Sunrise Silent Sitting Meditation with Rameshwar Das
Enjoy Ceremony, Prayers and Blessings of Aloha with Lei’ohu Ryder and Maydeen Iao

Delicious, healthy meals, served buffet style, provided by the award winning
Sea House 
Restaurant and Monsoon Indian Restaurant
Gluten Free, non-dairy, vegan and vegetarian options available at each meal
Speedi Shuttle Ride Reservations from Kahului Airport (OGG) to / from Napili Kai Beach Resort
included with ON-SITE Registration

This picturesque ocean-front property with beautiful accommodations, stunning sunsets and sparkling beaches is ideal for relaxing, retreating, walking ocean front nature trails, ocean swimming and snorkeling with sea turtles.

For more details visit here – https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1738269

What is Karmic Law?

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Most of us seem to live at a little distance from our body, or at best in our head. What we seek is right here; the problem is that we are usually elsewhere, distracted and dissociated, wandering mindlessly in the past or future. However, I can assure you that if you’re not here now you won’t be There then. This is karmic law, and the very essence of habit and conditioning.

Original Source – www.surya.org/what-is-karmic-law-2/

For more details about Buddhism, Meditation and Spirituality visit here – http://www.dzogchen.org/

Make Me One With Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation

Sit happens.
Just do it!
Practice is perfect.
Being there while getting there,
every single step of the Way.
The joy of meditation.
Emaho!

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Join Lama Surya Das at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for a weekend meditation retreat, February 19-21, and explore the simple joyful path of We Meditation, or We-ditation (not Me-ditation), to see thru the illusion of separation and experience meaningful connectedness and the renowned one-taste of Dzogchen, the natural Great Perfection. For more details visit here – http://kripalu.org/program/view/ABH-161/make_me_one_with_everything_buddhist_meditations