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«Intentions do matter.»
«Intentions do matter.»

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The difference between wishing to go and going

༈ བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དེ་མདོར་བསྡུས་ན། །
རྣམ་པ་གཉིས་སུ་ཤེས་བྱ་སྟེ། །
བྱང་ཆུབ་སྨོན་པའི་སེམས་དང་ནི། །
བྱང་ཆུབ་འཇུག་པ་ཉིད་ཡིན་ནོ། །

འགྲོ་བར་འདོད་དང་འགྲོ་བ་ཡི། །
བྱེ་བྲག་ཇི་ལྟར་ཤེས་པ་ལྟར། །
དེ་བཞིན་མཁས་པས་འདི་གཉིས་ཀྱི། །
བྱེ་བྲག་རིམ་བཞིན་ཤེས་པར་བྱ། །

Understand that, briefly stated, bodhicitta has two aspects: the mind aspiring to awaken, and actual application.

Just as one understands the difference between wishing to go and going on a journey, the wise should understand these two, recognizing their difference and their order.

Shantideva, Introduction to the Bodhisattva 's Way of Life ( Bodhicaryāvatāra )


No, I didn't repeat this year the "new year's resolution" posts on starting, or strengthening, a meditative practice (2013, gplus.wallez.name/eEsaQDbDAX4; 2014, koan.mu/meditation/be_present.htm), and yet… it might still be a good idea ;-)
Individual guidance and support is available: just contact me! And, yes, the support may go far beyond meditation: we might easily cover other aspects, e.g. the ethical life, precepts, Buddhist concepts and doctrines (from various traditions), how to cultivate wisdom in the midst of lay life, how to manifest wisdom in practical terms in our daily life… dealing with exams, work, health, relationships, etc.


For those who have no current appetite/need for guidance, please consider making a donation… toward helping others in need… thereby, for yourself, embodying the practice and cultivating danā / generosity / the first pāramī / actual detachment from "mine" (instead of merely 'aspiring' to do so, at some hypothetical "later" date?): koan.mu/donate.htm

#Buddhism #Dharma #meditation #mindfulness
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Under the broccoli tree

« In essence, habits are models of behavior you use to respond to life with minimal effort. They work a lot like a software program's “if this, then that” statements. »

Habits = kamma / karma = preconceived answers, robotic life, not freedom

« No model for handling the world is correct in all scenarios, so you must be conscious of when you use them. »

Indeed (and yes, this applies even to 'constructive' rules, precepts, etc: wholesome kamma still is kamma )!

Very decent read, even if a bit dense: « I Sat in Silence for 10 Days Straight and This is What I Learned » by Drew Estes, quackrabbit.com/articles/vipassana-experience


For more resources on meditation, see koan.mu/meditation
For individual guidance and support, feel free to contact me.
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Cyclically perpetuating / repeating the same mistakes?

« A hundred years ago, perhaps, another man was standing on this spot; like you he gazed with awe and yearning in his heart at the dying light on the glaciers (…) Was he someone else? Was it not you yourself? What was the condition for making the creature born this time into you, just you and not someone else? » — Erwin Schrödinger (primarily known as a quantum physicist)

Cleverness is not wisdom… When we know more but we continue to destroy, we exemplify the 'ignorance' associated to knowledge (and to 'views', in Buddhist terminology).
'Knowledge' is not 'wisdom', even when it gets richer, more nuanced, better established… It may become wisdom, once it supports a change in behaviour toward a more constructive approach, and toward offering safety (from our contributions) to others (and 'leading the ethical life', in Buddhist terminology).
We can blame the past, and the legacy of previous generations, and pretend it has nothing to do with us… or we can enquire into how we repeat the mistakes, and seem to label more than we seem to learn…

#Buddhism #engagedBuddhism #Dharma
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By putting the onus on the employee to manage their stress, corporations avoid enquiring into how they create stressful environments, stressful management structures, stressful policies, etc., in the first place.

This is not so different from asking employees to become (then stay) educated, up to date, etc. rather than enquiring into how they could train people internally… thus offloading the costs of training onto employees, and limiting the risks for the corporation of having invested in the 'wrong' training (if the world evolves and the acquired skill becomes outdated much faster than initially expected).

None of that has to be a problem… if corporations also fund 'safety nets' and programs to support free/cheap education, health care, minimal universal income, etc. The risk is externalised, but so is the mechanism to deal with it constructively. The problem of course is when corporations plan for tax avoidance (when not directly tax evasion), thus for not funding such safety nets (thus funding neither risky capital nor insurance, just pushing these expenditures on others).

In relation to stress, 'funding' external safety nets for employees might e.g. mean reducing working hours, or allowing for more holidays… thus giving employees the opportunity to indeed attend (mindfully) a wider richer causal web than that inside the corporation… via volunteer work, via time with children and other dependents, via hobbies too (usually increasing awareness of inter-dependence, be it of other people involved, of the commons —infrastructure [be it for sport or culture] or natural environment). And yes, this would still also require paying a fair share of taxes, because stress might require (mental and physical) health care and other commons.
And yes, the productivity of employees who happen to have a life outside work tends to be higher than that of over-worked, overwhelmed, unhealthy, exploited slaves… so corporations might still benefit: health and enthusiasm on the job will reliably beat sickness and dragging one's feet. And that'd be the mindful way: seeing that there is a win-win scenario, if only one could refrain from perpetually thinking with zero-sum caricatures, if only one could refrain from limiting views, from the obsession of 'more money'!

We could hope that 'mindful' managers would realise this, at some point… but since they're not given (nor are taking) the time to practice / realise / make real what they learnt during their mindfulness training, this is unlikely.

#Buddhism #meditation
h/t +Steve Faktor
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A ritual for the New Year?

Ye keci panabhut'atthi
tasa va thavara va anavasesa
digha va ye mahanta va
majjhima rassakanukathula
dittha va yeva adittha
ye ca dure vasanti avidure
bhuta va sambhavesi va,
sabbe satta bhavantu sukhitatta.

« Whatever living creatures there be,
without exception, weak or strong,
long, huge or middle-sized,
or short, minute or bulky,
whether visible or invisible,
and those living far or near,
the born and those seeking birth,
may all beings be happy! »

Karaṇīya Mettā Sutta (Sn 1.8)

#Buddhism #Dharma
Image: the Great Buddha statue, at Kotoku-in temple in Kamakura, near Tokyo. © Kazuhiro Ibuki, Associated Press
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Un rituel pour la nouvelle année?

Ye keci panabhut'atthi
tasa va thavara va anavasesa
digha va ye mahanta va
majjhima rassakanukathula
dittha va yeva adittha
ye ca dure vasanti avidure
bhuta va sambhavesi va,
sabbe satta bhavantu sukhitatta

« Que tous les êtres vivants, quels qu’ils soient —
les faibles comme les forts, tous sans exception,
les grands et les puissants,
les moyens et les petits,
visibles et invisibles,
proches et lointains,
nés et à naître —
que tous les êtres soient heureux et en paix ! »

Karaṇīya Mettā Sutta (Sn 1.8)

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image: statue du Buddha, temple Kotoku-in à Kamakura, près de Tokyo. © Kazuhiro Ibuki, Associated Press
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Suvatthi hotu
(May there be happiness)
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When to meditate

Classic advice on when to meditate ranges from “first thing in the morning” to “at the end of the day”, but ultimately it fails most people because it is assumed that establishing a routine is supportive, and that routine equates relatively fixed times.

This is more pronounced for beginners, as they'll easily read that “you may need some time to build a habit. You can try these different times, but I recommend trying one time for a week straight to see how it works. In order to find the best time to meditate, it is going to take some consistency.” While a routine is important, it is not about fixed time! Understand that if time might be promoted as a “trigger”, then other phenomena might too… more constructive phenomena in the grand scheme of things, and if you're to build a habit, a routine, then it might as well be as constructive in the long run as possible.

continue at… koan.mu/meditation/when.htm

#Buddhism #Dharma #meditation
Buddhism has no specific guideline on supporting teachers, it simply asks for you to consider causality: if you want this living tradition to survive, how are you participating, in practical terms, to make this happen? Nice words, exposure or social media ‘likes’ might feel good, but they do not actually help with the basic necessities: koan.mu/donate.htm
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