Posts Tagged ‘tibetan’

Tibetian bronze singing bowl. Русский: Тибетск...

Here is an awesome clip to chill our to, to get mindful with, to wake up, well, to just be…

Enjoy the sound of these Tibetan Singing Bowls during your down time, meditation time, or any time.

Listen, Listen… to the present moment… 40 minutes of incredible bowls being invited!


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Singing Bowl and Cushion

Singing Bowl and Cushion (Photo credit: teamaskins)

Here is an awesome 40+ minute clip of some Tibetan singing bowls.

I’ve been listening to them all week.

Please forgive me if I put them in more than one post…. I’m so excited to have found this.

It is pure joy to listen to!


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Original Chögyam Trungpa drawing

Original Chögyam Trungpa drawing (Photo credit: Mattos Gabriela)

“Acts of compassion are eternal; they live forever shining their rays throughout the Universe.” ~~~ Chogyam Trungpa

I found this quote a week or two ago, getting ready for my trip out here to Upaya Zen Center and was trying to get posts ready so I didn’t feel the need to write if I didn’t want to.

What I am struck with, struck like we invite the bell of mindfulness struck, again and again is that there is a simple complexity in life… as caregivers (meaning ALL of us) there are some truths that seem to be more applicable and more important than trying to live my commandments our things outside of ourselves.

What do I mean by that… I mean that compassion, forgiveness, presence, intention are some of the most powerful forces in this world that we know.  They create healing, well-being, foster a sense of community, peace, comfort, kindheartedness, and deep and abounding Love.

I said to someone last night that if I could, you know, the whole magic wand thing… I would want to undo everything that doctors, RNs, and therapists are taught in their professional programs and have them sit on a safe or gomden with people like Ram Dass, Roshi Joan Halifax, Tara Brach, Stephen & Ondrea Levine, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Frank Ostaseski, Roshi Bernie Glassman, etc.  They get it.  They get what true healing is because they have been present to the joys and sorrows, the liberation and the suffering of beings in this lifetime.

Frankly, I don’t want to care what the new DSM says.  I don’t want to know about your ego defenses.  I don’t want to know your attachment type/style.

But what I want to know is what creates suffering for you?

What keeps you from your perfect wisdom, your “holiest” of selves?

What stirs passion in you?

What is it like to be with your thoughts, to be with the moment to moment sensations in your body.

What comes up for you?

What keeps you from being in touch with that?

What keeps you profoundly sad?

And what keeps you from being profoundly compassion and brilliant?

Don’t get me wrong, I would never trade my education in humanistic existential phenomenological psychology.  I would never trade the amazing teachers that I have had scattered amongst the strong brains and hidden hearts of professors.

But what has been most healing to me?

Steven and Ondrea reminding me to have a soft belly.

Roshi Joan’s laughter, great feminine wisdom, and embodied magic.

Frank reminding me to not push away anything.

Bernie taking people to Poland to sit in the snow and recite the names so we NEVER forget the dead or how they died.

This, to me, is the act of true healing.  It is what we gave birth to experience and witness.  This is how we cultivate compassion for ourselves and for this world.

Much gratitude and lovingkindness to all who read this and all who inspired this.

Peace, Jennifer

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365.40 - studying

365.40 - studying (Photo credit: anathea)

Practicing With Loss

Loss is a fact of life. Impermanence is everywhere we look. We are all going to suffer our losses. How we deal with these losses is what makes all the difference. For it is not what happens to us that determines our character, our experience, our karma, and our destiny, but how we relate to what happens.

~~Lama Surya Das

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“…when we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.”

~~ Sogyal Rinpoche

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“We are what we think. 

With our thoughts we make the world. 

All that we are will rise with our thoughts.”

~~Sogyal Rinpoche

With mindfulness, we touch our thoughts, feelings, and sensations. 

We give pause. 

We create presence to all that is. 

As you breathe in and breathe out, what are you creating? 

Is it the world you want to be creating for yourself and others?

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Green Tara mantra

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I haven’t left an audio link in awhile… there is always so much to say…

Here is a link to Lama Surya Das‘ chanting with Stephen Halpern.

Here is a link to the whole album on amazon.com.

I downloaded this from Itunes and have really been enjoying it.

Take a listen.

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Wonderful Teacher

Don’t forget your practice.  Don’t forget to start.

Give yourself and the world a great gift as we begin 2012. . . give the gift of mindful participation in life.

Here is Rinpoche’s message.

Peace on your meditation cushion and good will as  you invite the bell to ring.

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This time of year is a great time to think about giving gifts that support great causes worldwide.

“Dharmashop.com went online in November of 1999. We started with just a few items, then after a family trip to Nepal I really got excited about helping to support Tibetan artisans living in exile. My sister spent a year in Dharamsala India, the seat of the Tibetan government. She was so touched by the Tibetan people and helped me to find artisans living in India.. . . . Our goal is to build not just a customer base, but a community online that supports the Tibetan and Nepali people. We donate a percentage of profits to Tibetan charities and in 2003 we started the Dharmashop.com school program to build schools in rural Nepal. In 2006 we joined The Tibetan Nun’s Project to support ordained women living in exile.”

Give gifts that have meaning, beauty, and do good for sentient beings around the world. What better way to spread peace over the globe.

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