Saturday, 27 May 2017

Qualifications of a Kalachakra Master.




Introduction.

Is this blog's author qualified to be Kalachakra Master?

Certainly not.

i am not ready to even receive the Kalachakra Empowerment, my current interrest in Kalachakra is merely for forming a Karmic Connection with Kalachakra for future, for when i am ready to receive the Kalachakra Initiation.

So far i am reading about Kalachakra to broaden my understanding, i am interrested in Kalachakra-related morality (Sila) & probably in taking at least a few of vows as well.

i wish to correct my mistakes in future, when i am ready, however.


Qualifications of a Kalachakra Master.

'It is extremely important to examine a tantric master with critical scrutiny before committing ourselves to be a disciple. Success in achieving the goal of enlightenment and the full ability to benefit others depends on purity and honesty of our relation with our teacher. Only after establishing a close bond and gaining total confidence is it appropriate to request from a master Kalachakra empowerment.

As most people do not have the fortune or opportunity to establish a close personal relationship with the great masters who currently confer Kalachakra initiation, the only alternative is to check such teachers from whatever contact is possible or to consider trustworthy firsthand accounts. Even if we cannot personally meet the master before the empowerment, it is far better to come for initiation on the stable foundation of confidence and trust gained through reason, rather than the shaky grounds of blind faith based on the person's name and fame. Since in most cases it is not possible to request empowerment beforehand in a private meeting, the request is made formally as part of the initial steps of the ceremony.

According to the third chapter of the Kalachakra Tantra, authentic tantric masters of this system have unbroken close bonds with their own teachers, the practices, the vows and the true nature of reality. Specificially, they keep the Kalachakra tantric vows purely and have meditated succesfully on the Kalachakra generation and complete stages. They are free from attachment to anything, including their families, friends and even their bodies. Likewise they are unstained by greed, anger, foolish and stubborn ignorance, pride, jealousy or miserliness. With great patience, they work for the sake of their disciples with sincere interrest in their welfare, and with no concern for personally gaining service, love, respect, fame or wealth. They are solely motivated by bodhichitta, the wish to become a Buddha to benefit others. Having achieved pathway minds that lead to enlightenment, they are able to guide others in also gaining these minds and thus free them from fears. Having attained unchanging blissful awareness focused on voidness, they remain completely chaste, never losing their blissful state of mind through orgasm's release.

Furthermore, Kalachakra tantric masters are stable, emotionally tamed, full of common-sense intelligence, patient, honest, unpretentions, brimming with loving concern for other, well versed in scripture and commentary, skilled in applying the tantric techniques, and totally familiar with all tantric procedures. They have all the qualities and skills neccessary to crush the four maras, or demonic interferences. According to the Kalachakra system, the four maras are our physical, verbal and mental obstacles or blocks, and the obstacles caused by belief in incorrect views of reality. The textual example of the latter is believing it is unneccessary to do anything constructive in life because all happiness comes as a gift of the gods.

If there are three qualified tantric masters available - a full monk, a novice and a householder - and, all else being equal, we need to choose from among them, the text says to rely on a fully ordained master. Devotion to a lay teacher in preference to a prefectly qualified monk undermines Buddha's teachings. This is because people seeing such a monk being bypassed gain their impression that the monastic community, representing the Sangha Jewel of Refuge - one of the Three Precious Gems that provide safe direction in life - is unneccessary. This is important to bear in mind in light of the tendency in the West to minimize the role and importance of monks and nuns in Buddhism and place the emphasis on laypersons.'

-- Quoted from 'Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation' by Alexander Berzin.


Improper Teachers.

'Such teachers are proud, filled with prejudice and hatred, have broken their close bonds with their teachers, vows and the practices, show disrespect for holy objects, and have studied little of the vast Kalachakra practices. They are only interrested in deceiving their disciples, their minds have fallen from unchanging blissful awareness - if they had ever achieved it - and they teach without proper empowerment or meditational experience. They are attached to desirable objects of the senses, are not conscientious, use harsh language, and desire only the ephemeral bliss of sexual orgasm.

The Kalachakra Tantra warns to avoid such teachers like a burning hell.

Even if we request and go through the ritual procedures of tantric initiation with such so-called 'gurus', we do not actually receive empowerment. This is because their shortcomings disqualify them from being capable of conferring it.

If we have already committed ourselves to such improper teachers, who lack compasion, are filled with anger, attached to sensory pleasures, arrogant and always praise themselves, the text advises to dissociate from them. Kaydrub Norzang-gyatso, the fifteenth-century tutor of the Second Dalai Lama, was careful to explain that this does not mean to disparage athem and be disrespectful. Rather, we have nothing further to do with them.

Since it is difficult to find a teacher with full qualifications, the only alternative is to rely on someone who at least has a majority of good qualities, most importantly someone who keeps the vows purely.'

-- Quoted from 'Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation' by Alexander Berzin.


Wishes.

May all beings have happines and causes of happiness,

May they be free from suffering and the cause of suffering,

May they always experience true happiness, which is totally free from suffering,

May they remain in the great equanimity, which is beyond attachment and aversion.


Mantras.

OM MAHAKALAYE SOHA
OM A RA PA CA NA DHIH
OM MANI PEME HUNG

OM KALACHAKRA SOHA
OM AMI DEWA HRI

KARMAPA CHENNO

Namaste, blessed be.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Step-by-Step.

About.

i thought i'll share, to let others know, perhaps to inspire beginners as well.

i think it's true, but please check Yourself if You wish to be sure & certain.

This settled in my mind that way.

Simplest meditation is about observing breath, i think.

Breathing can be a conscious or subconscious effort.

We observe breath - the bridge between conscious & subconscious - as well as our thoughts and feelings, letting them be, letting them appear & dissipate, letting them play effortlessly in the mind-space.

Then counting, visualizing lights, visualizing forms & speaking mantras is added - some or all, as needed - all synchronized with a breath.

There are so many meditations & practices, each serving different purpose on a way to Liberation & Enlightenment.

The energy channels open, we become aware of chakras - energy centers; we can control energy flows - both physical & spiritual - to harmonize our body & mind, to give us more peace, energy, self-control & power.

i read that practices with energies are dangerous, best done with a qualified teacher - for example during a retreat in a Buddhist Retreat Center.

Then 'miracles' can happen, such as the self-control of the body heat - as in the Inner Heat Yoga Practice.

Then we become Enlightened.


Wishes.

May all beings have happines and causes of happiness,

May they be free from suffering and the cause of suffering,

May they always experience true happiness, which is totally free from suffering,

May they remain in the great equanimity, which is beyond attachment and aversion.


Mantras.

OM MAHAKALAYE SOHA
OM A RA PA CA NA DHIH
OM MANI PEME HUNG

OM KALACHAKRA SOHA
OM AMI DEWA HRI

KARMAPA CHENNO

Namaste, blessed be.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Shaolin Qi Gong.

Introduction.

The Legendary Shaolin Temple, the cradle of all Martial Arts is still part of the World.

It's a Buddhist Monastery located in the Henan Province, China - but there are also Shaolin Temples located in other parts of the World, including Europe.

This blog's author wishes to create his own Martial Arts style, that will include meditation exercises, body stretching, movements & breathing, as well as other lessons that can open way for others to Buddhism & Enlightenment.

It's Mahakala's Way to pave the way for Buddhism - i read.


Qi Gong.

Qi Gong should be the central lesson of my style, it's a set of meditation, body stretching, breathing & movement exercises for the health of Body & Mind.

From Qi Gong martial arts evolved, and in turn affected how Qi Gong is practiced now as well.


Roots.

'Possibly the most popular Qi Gong exercise in the world, the Eight Treasures (or Ba Duan Jin as is known in China) has ancient tradition which stretches back to the founder of Zen Buddhism; Bodhidharma. Seeing that his monks were tired from extensive meditation, Bodhidharma composed a set of exercises to give them energy and strengthen their bodies.'

-- Quoted from 'Shaolin Warrior; The Way of Qi Gong' DVD's description.


Practice.

i bought 'Shaolin Warrior; The Way of Qi Gong Volume 1' DVD by Shifu Yan Lei, now i can practice martial arts not only with mind (thinking is also part of Martial Arts), but also with mind & body in union (by practicing Qi Gong).

i am very grateful for that opportunity.




See also, if You wish: Qigong.


Wishes.

May all beings have happines and causes of happiness,

May they be free from suffering and the cause of suffering,

May they always experience true happiness, which is totally free from suffering,

May they remain in the great equanimity, which is beyond attachment and aversion.


Mantras.

OM MAHAKALAYE SOHA
OM A RA PA CA NA DHIH
OM MANI PEME HUNG

OM KALACHAKRA SOHA
OM AMI DEWA HRI

KARMAPA CHENNO

Namaste, blessed be.

Kalachakra, Deity Yoga, Imagination & Visualization.




Deity Yoga.

'Sometimes people are puzzled by the tantric practice of relying on deities, which some languages translate as 'gods'. These deities, however, are not omnipotent creators or beings in limited states of rebirth filled with heavenly delights. Rather, they are extraordinary forms, both male and female, in which Buddhas manifest in order to help people with varying inclinations overcome their shortcomings and realize their potentials.

Each of these Buddha-figures represent both the fully enlightened state and one of its specific features, such as compassion or wisdom.

Avalokiteshvara, for instance, is manifestation of compassion, and Manjushri is an embodiment of wisdom. Kalachakra represents the ability to handle all situations at any time.

Meditative practice structured around one of these figures and the feature it represents provides a clear focus and framework enabling more rapid progress toward enlightenment than meditation without them.

To alleviate the suffering of others as quickly as possible requires the most efficient method for gaining the enlightened faculties of a Buddha's body, speech and mind. The basis for achieving them is a strong determination to be free of limitations, non-fickle love and compassion, ethical self-discipline, strict concentration, firm understanding of reality and skill in various means to help others. Once we achieve a working level of these, we need to combine and perfect them so that they bear their results. Tantra provides such a technique, namely deity yoga. Like performing the dress rehearsal for a drama, we imagine we already possess the entire array of these enlightening faculties as a Buddha-figure, all together at the same time. Doing so acts as an effective cause for integrating these qualities and achieving such a form more quickly.

This is an advanced technique. We cannot possibly imagine having all the assets of a Buddha simultaneously unless we have first practiced each individually. We need to learn and rehearse each scene before we can run through whole play. Therefore, it is both inappropriate and unwise to attempt tantric practice without considerable meditative experience beforehand.'

-- Quoted from 'Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation' by Alexander Berzin.


Training the Imagination.

'Tantric practice harnesses the imagination - a powerful tool we all possess. Thus, to repeatedly imagine achieving a goal is a compelling method for accomplishing it sooner.

Suppose, for example, we are unemployed. If, each day, we imagine finding a job, we succeed more quickly than if we dwell, with depression and self-pity, on being out of work. This is because we maitain a positive attitude about our situation. With a negative attitude, we lack self-confidence even to look at job. Success or failure in life hinges on our self-image and, in tantra, we work on improving ours by means of Buddha-figures.

Imagining we are already a Buddha provides an extremely potent self-image to counteract negative habits and feelings of inadequacy.

The tantric technique does not involve simply the power of positive thinking. When using imagination, it is essential to be practical and maitain a clear distinction between fantasy and reality. Otherwise, serious psychological trouble may arise. Thus every teacher and text emphasizes that an indispensable prerequisite for tantric practice is stome stable level of understanding of voidness - the absence of fantasized and impossible ways of existing - and dependent arising - the coming about of everything by depending on causes and circumstances. Everyone is capable of gaining employment because noone exists as totally incompetent 'loser', and finding a job depends on personal effort and the economic situation.

Some people dismiss tantric deity yoga as a form of self-hypnosis. Imagining we are already a Buddha, however, is not a form of self-deception. We each have the factors allowing us to achieve that goal - we all have 'Buddha-nature'. In other words, because each of us has a mind, a heart, communicative ability and physical energy, we possess all the raw materials needed to create the enlightening faculties of a Buddha. So long as we realize we are not yet actually at that stage, and do not inflate ourselves with illusions of grandeur, we can work with these Buddha-figures without psychological danger.

In tantra, then, we imagine we already possess the form, surroundings, abilities and enjoyments of a Buddha. The physical body of a Buddha is made of transparent clear light, capable of helping others tirelessly, and is never deficient in any way. Imagining ourselves as a Buddha-figure with boundless energy like this, however, does not render us a 'workaholic' or martyr incapable of saying no. Tantric practicioneers of course take a rest when tired. Nevertheless, maitaining this type of self-image helps stretch our self-imposed limits. Everyone has an almost endless store of energy available to tap in emergencies. No one is too exhausted to rush to his or her child who has fallen and is hurt.

In addition, while practicing tantra, we feel that environment around us is completely pure and conductive for everyone's progress. Imagining this does not mean ignoring ecological or social issues. However, to help others and ourselves overcome depression and feelings of despair, we stop dwelling on negative aspects. Sufficiently strong motivation and effective methods to transform our attitudes bring spiritual progress regardless of location. Rather than incessantly complaining and being a prophet of doom, we try to bring hope to ourselves and the world.

We also imagine we benefit others by acting as a Buddha does.

We feel that by our very way of being, we effortlessly exert a positive enlightening influence on everyone around us. We can understand what this means if we have ever been in the presence of a great spiritual being, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama or Mother Teresa. Most people, even if only slightly receptive, feel inspired and are moved to act in a more noble way. We imagine we have a similar effect on others. Our mere presence, or even mention of our names, calms others down, brings them peace of mind and joy, and stimulates them to achieve new heights.

Finally, we imagine we are able to enjoy things in the pure way a Buddha does. Our usual mode of enjoyment is mixed with confusion, often translated as 'contaminated pleasure'. We are always critical, never satisfied. We listen to music and cannot fully enjoy it because we keep thinking that the sound reproduction is not as good as it would be on our neighbor's equipment. A Buddha, however, delights in everything without even a trace of confusion. We imagine doing likewise, for example, when enjoying the offerings of light, incense, food and so on in the various rituals.'

-- Quoted from 'Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation' by Alexander Berzin.


Using Visualization to expand our capacities.

'Many Buddha-figures have multiple physical features in an assortment of colors.

Kalachakra, for example, has a rainbow of four faces and twenty-four arms. This might seem strange at first, but there are profound reasons for this. All the forms imagined in tantra have several purposes, and each of their parts and colors has many levels of symbolism. Their complexity reflects the nature of the goal of becoming a Buddha. Buddhas need to keep the full array of their realizations and qualities actively in mind, simultaneously, so as to use them effectively in helping others. Moreover, Buddhas need to be mindful of the myriad personal details of those they are helping so as always to do what is appropriate.

This is not an unreachable goal.

We already keep many things in mind simultaneously.

If we drive a car, for example, we are aware of our speed, the distance we need to stop or pass another vehicle, the speed and position of the cars around us, the rules of driving, the purpose and goal of our journey, the road signs and so on. At the same time, we coordinate our eyes, hands and feet, are alert to strange noises from engine, and can even listen to music and hold a conversation. Tantric visualizations help to expand this ability.

Without some method, it is very difficult to train ourselves to keep in mind simultaneously twenty-four insights and qualities such as impermanence, patience and so forth. A verbal mnemonic device, such as a phrase made up of the initial letters of each item in the list, is helpful for remembering them in sequence. However, representing each insight and quality in a graphic form, such as the twenty-four arms of a Buddha-figure, makes it much easier to remain mindful of all of them at once.

Consider the case of a teacher of a class of twenty-four children. For most people, it is quite difficult to keep the personalities and specal needs of each child in mind when planning a lesson at home. Retrieving a list of their names may be somewhat helpful, but actually being in front of the class and seeing the pupils immediately and vividly brings to mind all the factors needed to modify the day's lesson.

A mandala, literally a symbolic universe, is a further aid in this process of expanding our mindfulness and seeing everything in a pure way. In this context, a mandala refers to the palace and its surrounding grounds in which a Buddha-figure lives.

Like the parts of our body, each architectural feature corresponds to a realization or positive quality we need to keep in mind. As a palace, a mandala is actually a three-dimensional structure. A mandala made of colored powders or drawn on cloth is like an architect's blueprint of that building.

During empowerments and subsequent meditational practice, no one visualizes the two-dimensional drawing, only the structure it represents.'

-- Quoted from 'Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation' by Alexander Berzin.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Form & Symbolic Attributes.

Introduction.

Since months or perhaps even years i got these insights.

Insights told me that someone meditates for me, helping me develop certain Mind Qualities, represented by Symbolic Attributes of my Enlightened Form that i could perceive thanks to insights.

i am not Enlightened as of yet, but i work - with help of others - on developing Enlightened Qualities of Mind already.

i try to perceive others that way as well, to see Perfection, to judge others by their Enlightened Qualities not by their delusions & imperfections.

i think it's basic Loving Eyes Practice, to perceive Perfections in others, not their faults.


Attributes.

When someone helped me develop Enlightening Qualities, i got insight that someone works on my Black Crown.

When someone helped me develop Protecting Activity, i got insight that someone works on my Mahakala's Black Cloak.

When someone helped me develop Wisdom, i got insights that someone works on my Manjushri's Fiery Sword that cuts through delusions.

When someone helped me develop Gentleness, Goodness, Harmlessness, Love & Compassion, i got insights that someone works on my Chenrezig's Red Antelope Skin.


Probably in future, more of these Qualities will appear, shaping my Enlightened Form, the form i should strive to realize within myself, within my behaviour & perceptions.


The Form of Energy & Light.

i think this form - with these attributes - will help me as i progress with Buddhist Practice.

it will be easier to maitain all of these Qualities when i visualize my goal - my Enlightened Form - to remind me how i should behave & to help me maitain focus on keeping all of these Qualities in Mind at the same time.


Wishes.

May all beings have happines and causes of happiness,

May they be free from suffering and the cause of suffering,

May they always experience true happiness, which is totally free from suffering,

May they remain in the great equanimity, which is beyond attachment and aversion.

i wish to Practice Visualization, with focus on this form & attributes - so it can help me be a better person - both in the Buddhist Practice, as well as in the everyday's life. i wish for others the same, whenever they wish for that.


Mantras.

OM MAHAKALAYE SOHA
OM A RA PA CA NA DHIH
OM MANI PEME HUNG

OM KALACHAKRA SOHA
OM AMI DEWA HRI

KARMAPA CHENNO

Namaste, blessed be.

Karma & Astrology.

Introduction.

This blog's author sympathizes with esoteric movements, but not every Buddhist does.

i think honesty helps.

Vajrayana, the Diamond Way is also called Esoteric Buddhism however, but even then Lama Ole Nydahl warns in his books that joining Spiritual Paths is insanely dangerous, and lacks the proven (by centuries) the experience of internally-consistent Spiritual Ways.

Differing Spiritual Paths might have different dogmas, or dogma-absences.

Two different Spiritual Paths might work well alone, but this does not mean that they will work well together.

This blog's author's way is still to attempt this risky & difficult path - but to attempt to do it completely, with real effort - for a shallow approach will surely fail.

i think it's also open-minded & antisectarian way to not close oneself in a small community of same-thinking people, to reach for others, to help others as well.


Buddhism does not disregard completely Esoterics, however.

The Kalachakra teachings have lessons about cycles of time - external, internal & alternative.

External & Internal cycles is what we experience without Buddhism, switching to alternative cycles by initiations & practices leads to the Enlightenment.

External Cycles of Time include Historical & Astrological Cycles, Internal Cycles of Time include Bodily Cycles - for example breath (if our energies are balanced, each breath lasts 4 seconds) or womens' menstruations affected by the Moon-phases & emotional states associated with these as well.


Karma & Astrology.

'Since the alternative cycles of time are methods for liberating ourselves from the domination of the external and internal cycles - from being under the control of karma - it is essential to understand clearly the relation between karma and astrology. Otherwise, astrology may simply increase the superstition. At the time of King Manjushri-yashas astrological superstition led to the widespread custom of sacrificing animals and even humans to the sun in order to gain good fortune. Therefore the King emphasized that heavenly bodies do not cause events to occur in life. From the Buddhist perspective, no event is fixed or predetermined, otherwise liberation and enlightenment would be impossible.

Every person is born with an enormous array of karmic potentials built up over beginningless lifetimes. A natal chart and the predictions based on it are only indicative of a dominant karmic pattern with which we are born. There are many other possibilities as well. Moreover, an astrological chart only deals with a limited number of variables, whereas karma is infinitely more complex. As Kaydrubjey has said, if natal chart indicated everything, then a man and a dog born at the same time in the same place would have the same personalities and experiences. Similarly, if an auspicious day were favorable for everyone, no one would be injured or killed in an accident that day anywhere in the world. Astrological configurations merely provide possible circumstances for appropriate karmic potentials to ripen. Without these potentials, nothing special happens, and even with them, sometimes further circumstances are neccessary for ripening.'

-- Quoted from 'Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation' by Alexander Berzin.


Blog author's comments.

i think one can think of astrological configurations as of preconditions for a cause to manifest.

This cause might be part of one's karma, a potential waiting for these conditions to appear.


Wishes.

May all beings have happines and causes of happiness,

May they be free from suffering and the cause of suffering,

May they always experience true happiness, which is totally free from suffering,

May they remain in the great equanimity, which is beyond attachment and aversion.


Mantras.

OM MAHAKALAYE SOHA
OM A RA PA CA NA DHIH
OM MANI PEME HUNG

OM KALACHAKRA SOHA
OM AMI DEWA HRI

KARMAPA CHENNO

Namaste, blessed be.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Kalachakra, Peace & Sharing.

Introduction.

Kalachakra in Buddhism means 'Wheel of Time', it is also the Tantric Meditational Deity - visualized during Meditation.

It's written that Kalachakra Practice can help one reach Enlightenment.

i read that it's one of Highest Tantras (Tantra is holy text), but also that even non-buddhists can observe & benefit from the Kalachakra Initiation.

One of goals of the Kalachakra Practice is for World's Peace as well, of how to stop prophesized barbarian invasions.


'King Manjushri-yashas prophesized another barbaric invasion for the year 2424, when anti-spiritual forces will wage a galactic war of conquest and destruction not limited to this planet'.

-- Quoted from 'Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation' by Alexander Berzin.


Preventing war through sharing Technology.

'How best to handle a threat of war? King Manjushri-yashas advised that sharing the achievements of our culture could turn invaders from their barbaric ways without resorting to battle. If others can appreciate the advantages offered by a more refined way of life, and have its advances made readily available to them, they may shed their violent methods more easily. The King used the example of sharing the scientific and technological knowledge of Shambhala with the barbarians and warned against keeping this knowledge secret. The King's wise counsel is still relevant today. Universal education and equal opportunity for self-improvement are the most potent methods for preventing violent crime.'

-- Quoted from 'Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation' by Alexander Berzin.


Wartime and Peacetime Technology.

'(...) First chapter of the Kalachakra Tantra presents the technology for building weapons such as catapults and flamethrowers. Some people find it strange that a Buddhist text discusses how to wage an actual war, not just a symbolic one against our own delusions. Buddhism, after all, teaches non-violence. In explaining the meaning of true non-violence, His Holiness Dalai Lama gives the following example.

Once there were two meditators sitting by the side of a rushing torrent, when a crazed man arrived intending to swim across. Both meditators knew that the current was extremely treacherous and that the man would surely drown. They tried to dissuade him from crossing, but the man would not listen to reason. One of the meditators decided that nothing could be done and so resumed his absorbed concentration. The other got up and punched the man unconscious so that he would not kill himself in the river. Who commited the act of violence? It was the meditator who shunned the opportunity to save a life. Thus, if all other means fail to end a drastic situation, then out of the wish to prevent others' suffering, and without anger or hatred, we need not hesistate to use forceful means. In doing so, however, we need to be willing to accept the painful consequences of our actions, even if it means hellish suffering. This is the conduct of a bodhisattva.'

-- Quoted from 'Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation' by Alexander Berzin.


Blog author's comments.

'Shooting might stop Terrorists, but education can help to defeat Terrorism' - it's one of my mottos.

Sharing knowledge can be Generosity (Dana), can be practiced properly as well.

This blog's author tries to live as an example, developing and sharing technology on a 'Dragonfly Algorithm' blog.

i was very happy when i read that this might help keep the world's peace, in a book about Kalachakra Initiation.


Wishes.

May all beings have happines and causes of happiness,

May they be free from suffering and the cause of suffering,

May they always experience true happiness, which is totally free from suffering,

May they remain in the great equanimity, which is beyond attachment and aversion.


Mantras.

OM MAHAKALAYE SOHA
OM A RA PA CA NA DHIH
OM MANI PEME HUNG

OM KALACHAKRA SOHA
OM AMI DEWA HRI

KARMAPA CHENNO

Namaste, blessed be.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Overcoming Mental Blocks.

Introduction.

i am mentally ill, i should not meditate.

i can practice with mantras, however - but i have mental blocks that stop me from speaking many mantras, even OM MANI PEME HUNG Compassion Mantras.

Recently however, i found a way to overcome this limitation - i hope & wish it will help not only me, but also others who suffer from similar obstacles.


A way to overcome mental blocks.

i made a wish:

'i wish to win.

OM MAHAKALAYE SOHA
OM A RA PA CA NA DHIH
OM MANI PEME HUNG
OM KALACHAKRA SOHA
OM AMI DEWA HRI
OM AH HUNG

KARMAPA CHENNO'

This wish should address obstacles in the whole worlds, reaching that far thanks to the
'OM AMI DEWA HRI' Mantra, in all of three times (past, present & future) thanks to the
'OM KALACHAKRA SOHA' Mantra.

This wish calls for Mahakala's Protection & Manjushri's Wisdom - so i can gain Wisdom & learn the way to defeat hindrances, while protected by Mahakala to not stray from the way & to be protected from accidents & other obstacles,

i wish to win - to overcome mental hindrances that stop me from speaking Mantras, especially
the OM MANI PEME HUNG Mantras,

With the OM MANI PEME HUNG Compassion Mantra,

For benefit of all,

On the Mind, Speech & Body levels,

Power of All Buddhas work through us.


Composing Mantras & Explaination of the Intentions.

i've used mantras creatively as a part of my wish. while i am not so skillful with that Way as of yet, i can at least explain my reasoning & intentions.

... on a certain level, all sounds are mantras and thoughts - wisdom.


1. 'OM AMI DEWA HRI'.

It's mantra of Limitless Light Buddha, of Amitabha Buddha, of Buddha with great Radiance, whose influence reaches far.

i've used it to call for this Radiance, to reach all worlds, whole worlds, mostly - but i think it can also help to overcome obstacles after death, as it's also related with Phowa, the Conscious Dying Practice.


2. 'OM KALACHAKRA SOHA'.

Kalachakra is the 'Wheel of Time' in Buddhism, as well as the Tantric Meditational Deity whose practice can lead to Enlightenment. Kalachakra Practice is one of Highest Tantras.

Tantra is the Holy Text, but also the Practice associated with these texts.

i've called Kalachakra mostly to reach into all of the three times (past, present & future), as well as calling it's deity that will lead us to Enlightenment with a proper practice, as soon as we are ready for that.

OM is often placed at the beginning of mantras, i think with it's meaning the totality of sound, existence and consciousness, among other meanings.

SOHA Mantra in this context means: 'Take root in Mind, Be blessed'.


Wishes for development.

i hope this wish will evolve to be more skillful with time, for now it's only a seed-idea.

i wish to develop this wish with more skillful words & mantras, i wish to develop & share a meditation that helps those who suffer from such hindrances as well.




i bought this Mala years ago - to count OM MANI PEME HUNG Mantras mostly.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

My Martal Arts Style Plan & Wishes.



if possible, i would be honored to visit Shaolin Temple in this life & to participate in a lesson, at least once. preferably the qi gong course, so my martial arts should be an Enlightening Activity, for benefit of all.

so far i did train in many martial arts - summing to about 5 years in total, mostly in the Kyokushinkai Karate local club (4 years).

i wish to create my own Martial Arts style in this life, and to reach 2nd Dan in it. i wish to train others as well, mostly to open the Way to Buddhism for others.

i am also a scientist, i don't wish to insult Great Masters by claiming 10th Dan as a creator. i know my style will have limited combat potential as well, considering less time to required to practice & 'master' it.

ideas used for my modern-weapons style plan are: 'Kokutsu-Kiba Aiki-Tsuki Knife Gun' ... gas gun is nonlethal modern weapon, knife is for conserving ammo, for close-combat or throwing.

modesty, honesty, gentleness, calmness, peace, morality (sila), footwork, movement, qi gong, atemi, ki, mindfulness, breathing & mantras are important parts of this style plan as well. any mantras, but most importantly: HUNG mantra that transforms anger into fearlessness - possibly shouted as Kiai, but also spoken quietly in Mind.

i wish to be a Buddhist Lama as soon as possible as well, i took the Refuge in Lama Ole Nydahl about 10 years ago. unfortunately i am mentally ill, but i attend to therapy to not seed bad karma, i am still responsible for actions i do during my streaks of insanity.


See also, if You wish: Joining Martial Arts' Pearls of Wisdom into a Mala of many Pearl Beads.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Does Buddhism Help?

Introduction.

Years ago i had low self-esteem, bad manners, knew nothing beside computer programming & a little of martial arts, was ugly & fat - i didn't care for myself, had troubles befriending & helping others - was mostly focused for egoistic, personal gain.

Then when desperate, turned to Buddhism for help & meditated, got inspired for self-development for benefit of all beings. i needed that badly & still need.

Then read Lama Ole Nydahl's book that 'most convincing is Human Progress' & decided to try to be a living proof of Buddhism's success where others failed.


Time of Purifications, Time of Service, Time of the Present.

Years of following self-improvement with dedication wish are harsh. Lot of purifications - mostly painful, lot of mental problems, troubles with finding work & living self-responsibly.

But there were successes as well - i got more open hearted to others & myself, i grew in wisdom & understanding of human ways, i am trying to live the Noble life of a Bodhisattva.

Now i look as on image:



... it's far better than before.

i am not so shy, i learned many ways, developed manners & speech, developed compassion, aspirations & dedication.

My mental problems are not so severe anymore, i got many insights that help me to gather myself, to find work, to live self-responsibly.

i can feel blessings flowing as i try to help.

i hope positive trends continue & grow in power, to fulfill my wish to be an example & inspiration for others, to be an example & inspiration of how someone suicidal, with severe problems can recover & be a happy, succesful human.

i have hope & feel happiness often, i feel i found the meaning in my life. Lama Ole gave me practice for that, it seems it starts to be a success, even if it involves many years of purification & pain.

So far i think Buddhism helps.


Wishes.

May all beings have happines and causes of happiness,

May they be free from suffering and the cause of suffering,

May they always experience true happiness, which is totally free from suffering,

May they remain in the great equanimity, which is beyond attachment and aversion.


Mantras.

OM MAHAKALAYE SOHA

OM VAIROCHANA OM
OM AKSHOBHYA HUM
OM RATNASAMBHAVA TRAM
OM AMITABHA HRIH
OM AMOGHASIDDHI AH

OM MANI PEME HUNG

KARMAPA KHYENNO

KARMAPA CHENNO

Namaste, blessed be.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Spiritual Materialism.

Introduction.

Spiritual materialism is a term coined by Chögyam Trungpa in his book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.

i think i read a mention about this in Lama Ole Nydahl's book, as well.

Chögyam Trungpa uses the term to describe mistakes spiritual seekers commit which turn the pursuit of spirituality into an ego building and confusion creating endeavor, based on the idea that ego development is counter to spiritual progress.

i think Spiritual Materialism leads to Sects, to Spiritual, Psychological, Emotional, Physical & Material abuses, to Religious Scandals with False Gurus involved.

i wish to avoid Spiritual Materialism, i could use Lama Ole Nydahl's wisdom & beneficial tricks for defeating ego instead.


See also, if You wish: Spirituality & Ego.


Lords of Materialism.

In Trungpa's presentation, spiritual materialism can fall into three categories — what he calls the three 'Lords of Materialism' (Tibetan: lalo literally 'barbarian') - in which a form of materialism is misunderstood as bringing long term happiness but instead brings only short term entertainment followed by long term suffering:
- Physical materialism is the belief that possessions can bring release from suffering. In Trungpa's view, they may bring temporary happiness but then more suffering in the endless pursuit of creating one's environment to be just right. Or on another level it may cause a misunderstanding like, 'I am rich because I have this or that' or 'I am a teacher (or whatever) because I have a diploma (or whatever).'
- Psychological materialism is the belief that a particular philosophy, belief system, or point of view will bring release from suffering. So seeking refuge by strongly identifying with a particular religion, philosophy, political party or viewpoint, for example, would be psychological materialism. From this the conventional usage of spiritual materialism arises, by identifying oneself as Buddhist or some other label, or by collecting initiations and spiritual accomplishments, one further constructs a solidified view of ego. Trungpa characterizes the goal of psychological materialism as using external concepts, pretexts, and ideas to prove that the ego-driven self exists, which manifests in a particular competitive attitude.
- Spiritual materialism is the belief that a certain temporary state of mind is a refuge from suffering. An example would be using meditation practices to create a peaceful state of mind, or using drugs or alcohol to remain in a numbed out or a euphoric state. According to Trungpa, these states are temporary and merely heighten the suffering when they cease. So attempting to maintain a particular emotional state of mind as a refuge from suffering, or constantly pursuing particular emotional states of mind like being in love, will actually lead to more long term suffering.


Ego.

The underlying source of these three approaches to finding happiness is based, according to Trungpa, on the mistaken notion that one's ego is inherently existent and a valid point of view. He claims that is incorrect, and therefore the materialistic approaches have an invalid basis to begin with. The message in summary is, 'Don't try to reinforce your ego through material things, belief systems like religion, or certain emotional states of mind.' In his view, the point of religion is to show you that your ego doesn't really exist inherently. Ego is something you build up to make you think you exist, but it is not necessary and in the long run causes more suffering.


Sources: Wikipedia, Lama Ole Nydahl's book.

Monday, 8 May 2017

A Inner Conversation.

Just looked at Lama Ole's image with Uri Geller, Caty Hartung & Tomasz Lehnert.

Insights appeared, about Couples that are Gift to the World.

Insight appeared when i looked at Lama Ole, asking me:
- 'Do you wish to be such a couple?'
- i answered in my mind: 'If she agrees then gladly.' - i meant a Buddhist woman i Love.
- 'Yes.' - her insight-voice appeared in my mind.
- 'You will be then.' - insight-voice of Lama Ole Nydahl.

- 'You will teach ... Will you agree?' - Lama Ole's another insight-question.
- i answered in my mind: 'If she agrees then gladly.' - i meant her again, her insight-voice agreed again.
- 'You will be Lama then.' - an insight-voice of Lama Ole Nydahl.

i wish we'll realize this as soon as we can, if she truly agreed, if it's not just a mind-trick played on me by my own ego ... if possible at all.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Snobism, Masks & Appearances.

Introduction.

it's not very Buddhism-oriented article, but still an important part of my way - so has a place on this blog, on blog about my way.

... when i did play one of my main characters of roleplaying games, a mage Attentus, he seemed a little snobbish, haughty, he used do smirk a little disdainfully & a little sarcasticly at a little signs of other people's weaknesses.

At sign of his own weakness, there also was a smirk, slightly more sarcastic & depressed however - he was strictly self-honest as that.

This was mostly a mask, a way of keeping a distance to not be hurt by those who pretend friendship to take advantage of his high position in a mage guild & of his a strong magickal powers. in truth he was a modest, a very cautious, & very attentive of what others say & react.

When someone reacted too boldly, he brought them down with something like: 'and what's your name?'

When someone was humble & polite, however - he was modest, mindful & attentive.



-=- A 'false snobism' style idea overview. -=-



Meaningful Conduct & Good Style.

A while ago i wished to develop my consciousness in a similar way, in a beneficial way.

i think it's beneficial to criticize myself & others so we can develop with good style at that.

i wished to develop 'false snobism' in a beneficial & good style way.

Now i start to feel that this wish is starting to bloom as flower that opens - i am very grateful for that, for benefit of all.

i think mingling with Arts helps - thankfully Art is Critical, i should add, as well.


When signs of the Consciousness Transformation & facial/mind/speech/body reactions appear i keep speaking mantras:

OM
OM AH

So i develop without pride, with modesty, with perfect conduct, style & speech.

i wish it will help to develop good style for all of my friends & their families, including Sangha & those i owe my Karmic Debts to.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Mosaic, a Beautiful Crystal.




Buddha Karmapa's message.

'A glass may break, for breaking is in its nature. Once broken, it can’t be unbroken. But if the broken shards are arranged together as a crystal mosaic, a wonderful treasure is created. With a clear, wise and compassionate mind, every challenge may work in this way.

Karmapa'.


Blog author's wishes.

i wish to help to create beautiful mosaics out of lost ways.

i wish to develop Compassion toward all beings, including Animals.

i'll follow my insights, as reasonably & strictly as i can.

i could use support with Medicine Buddha mantras & Drukpa Kunley mantras - so i won't fail because of mental illness symptoms that i often suffer from.


Mantras.

OM MAHAKALAYE SOHA
OM A RA PA CA NA DHIH
OM MANI PEME HUNG

MANI
GURU SIDDHI

TAYATA OM BHEKANDZE BHEKANDZE MAHA BHEKANDZE RANDZA SAMUNGATE SOHA

KARMAPA KHYENNO

KARMAPA CHENNO

Namaste, blessed be.

One does not have to believe in the Supernatural to be Great Buddhist.

Introduction.

While Historical Buddha, as well as many Yogins were known to perform miracles (i believe that Christian Jesus and many others as well), i think it's not neccessary to believe in Supernature to be a Buddhist.

It's written that Historical Buddha avoided what is known as Esoteric, in fact.


Blog's author Experiences & Knowledge.

i have experienced Miracles in this life, in Buddhist Center, during courses, as well as elsewhere.

i read that Lama Ole Nydahl with his friends met Uri Geller as well and watched him bend spoons.

i read about other Miracles & happenings in spiritual communities.

i've seen Miracle Stupa in Kuchary Retreat Center (in Poland) as well.


Critical, Rational Mind.

Critical & Rational Mind is a good sign on Buddha's Way, but i also think that questioning same things over & over despite acquired proofs is not very wise as well.

Everyone can be his or her own Guiding Light, Buddhism is very Rational, we understand Cause & Effect - it's seen in many Sciences as well.

Belief in Supernatural is not neccessary, Wisdom & Compassion as well as other methods are far more important in Buddhism.

I read that experimenting with Esoterics is insanely dangerous, i read as well that joining shards & scraps of differing Spiritual Ways lacks the proven experience of internally-coherent Buddhism, lacks the proven experience of internally-coherent Religions of Faith & lacks the proven experience of other internally-coherent Spiritual Ways.


Blog's author's Way.

Blog's author Way is with Supernature however - because of a few of reasons:
- Had insights that a Buddhist Woman i Love wishes me to be an Artist & Mage as well,
- Diamond Way is also called Esoteric Buddhism - we have Six Yogas of Naropa & probably other Spiritual-Supernatural Practices as well,
- Esoterics-oriented people are humans as well, one can help in these communities to bring us valuable friends & allies - and to bring those who are too deep in Darkness into the Light,
- Since youth i was interrested in esoterics - mostly in games & plays, but that mindset & youth-acquired-esoteric-ethics matured enough for me to take interrest in real Esoterics - it would be a waste to not take advantage of that,
- Had insights that it's rare to find Male Esoterics, and i think that Diamond Way Buddhism collects Rare things, people & ways - they are precious,
- Had insights that despite what most think, we need magical, spiritual & esoteric Ways in our Sangha.

But let's keep in mind that i care only for Enlightened Love as a Way for Enlightenment, i can discard & resign from all of this Esoterics at any moment for this. i care for Esoteric Friends & Allies, But Enlightened Love as a Way for Enlightenment is the Priority for me.




-=- For the Art of Magick & Light. -=-

-=- (click image to see more). -=-



Wishes.

May all beings have happines and causes of happiness,

May they be free from suffering and the cause of suffering,

May they always experience true happiness, which is totally free from suffering,

May they remain in the great equanimity, which is beyond attachment and aversion.


Mantras.

OM MAHAKALAYE SOHA

OM VAIROCHANA OM
OM AKSHOBHYA HUM
OM RATNASAMBHAVA TRAM
OM AMITABHA HRIH
OM AMOGHASIDDHI AH

OM MANI PEME HUNG

OM AMI DEWA HRI

OM TARE TAM SOHA

KARMAPA CHENNO

Namaste, blessed be.