"If you can, just for a second, not identify with the arising emotion it will dwindle and lose it's power over you, so no mental construct is born."
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
"Awareness and Equanimity are the essence of Vipassana" - S.N. Goenka
I just returned from a 10 day Vipasanna meditation retreat in Shelburne Falls, MA. It was not what I expected at all - no deep bliss, no military style discipline, no earth shattering epiphanies. But rather a methodical way of purifying the mind as taught in classical Buddhism. The retreat took my wisdom practice to a whole other level.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A year in the works, I'm finally embarking on a 10 day silent meditation retreat in Shelburne, Massachusetts - Goenka Vipassana. I have feared this moment gravely, but now I am kind of curious to see how it will go.
I attempted two silent retreats in the past but have only lasted 3-4 days each. So this will be a first of its kind for me and I'm set to go through the whole thing no matter how difficult it will get.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Thursday, October 3, 2013
The foundation of all wisdom practice should include some sort of meditation, regardless of your faith or affiliation. Although it is most emphasized in the Indo-Buddhist tradition, meditation is also practiced in psychology and neuroscience as well as Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
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I was grieving about my ended relationship last night while bicycling through town... Deep in sorrow, I came back to my senses after hearing some loud arguing from a home across the block. It was a bitter bitter quarrel between a husband and wife! With that, I observed the impermanence of my grief and sorrow =)
Thursday, September 5, 2013
I catch myself always trying to get somewhere. In the morning to hurry up and shave, then to eat, then to catch the bus, get to work, finish that project, and so on and on, up until the day is over and I hurry back to bed so my next morning wouldn't be a mess! lol sound familiar?
Before I know it the whole day feels like some dreamt up future instead of the present moment - where life actually is.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Ahh renunciation... I've thought about it for years. But now more than ever I am convinced that it is the piece of the puzzle I've been missing all along.
What is renunciation really? For me it is the art of letting go of overindulging in worldly life -> in favor of choosing the present moment. It means to stop losing ourselves in excess consumption of food, sexual activity, unwholesome chatter and entertainment, and running to friends and family as the first means of emotional support.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Despite its morbid title, the teachings ironically made me feel more alive than dead at the end. A topic so elusive that few outside the Indo-Buddhist circle really want to face or talk about it! A shame.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
To get real value for our meditation buck, it helps to set the motivation straight before sitting down on that cushion. Otherwise it can be an hour spent daydreaming.
This is one nice reminder I got from meeting Geshe Lharampa Lobzang Chetan and his Tibetan Drepung Gomang monks at the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City. See my full travel blog entry here.