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Chakras and Buddhism

Jan. 3rd, 2011 | 04:01 am
mood: curiouscurious
posted by: stardustnprison in dharmapunks

I have a couple of questions relating to prana/chi....

In your opinion, do you see chakra work as part of Buddhism? It isn't often talked about in direct relation to it but prana/chi is a basic part of our existence and in meditation whether consciously or unconsciously, we're always working with it and stimulating it. Have you ever or do you regularly work on your chakras? What place, if any, do you think this has in Buddhism? Do you think it should be focused on more? How do you think balancing chakras can help with spiritual enlightenment and developing compassion for others?

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Heartwish 2011

Jan. 3rd, 2011 | 03:38 am
mood: gratefulgrateful
posted by: stardustnprison in dharmapunks

Greetings Dharma Punks and fellow practitioners,

Just wanted to take the time to wish you all a Happy New Year. Metta to all of you. Here's wishing that this new year will be a clean slate, a fresh start for us all, an enlightenment and awakening, a series of lessons and experience that bring us closer to reaching a peak state of understanding and compassion for ourselves and all sentient beings. I wish you all prosperity, healing, and love and dare I say moments of true happiness and infinite bliss.

P.S. Dharma Punx here in NYC, had a BEAUTIFUL way of ringing in the new year with all day/night meditations of varying kinds. Practioners were invited to gather and bring food and nonalcoholic beverages and come together to bring in the New Year with a united intention of mindfulness and tapping into the ocean of wisdom that is the exploration of consciousness.
(I only wish that I had opened that email sooner so that I could've taken part of it). What an amazing and exciting way to start the New Year huh???

Anyway, so as to not miss some other awesome events, I'm keeping on top of opening incoming mail from the Interdependence Project mailing list. The following are upcoming events in NYC but you may find events going on in your city by going to DharmaPunx.com

There is a very interesting 6 week series of classes on the topic of Buddhism as it relates, supports and works synergistically with Psychology that struck me as particularly interesting. Enjoy!

Upcoming DP events NYCCollapse )

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The Walmart Welcome Person

Nov. 3rd, 2010 | 03:21 pm
posted by: irsis in dharmapunks

I posted this today at a couple of my sites and hope it fits in here;

Since I spend so much time with animals I find I sometimes have trouble relating to people.  So I try my luck at blogging with varying degrees of success.  I often end up writing into the void which forces me to reach out from my comfort zone to find people who I don’t have much in common with.  Like just the other day I commented on the blog of a successful saleswoman who said she was trying to help other woman find balance and success.  Then she read one of my blogs and left a comment.


   Her comment was only a few words, mostly just acknowledging the fact that she was there and that I seemed to be someone from a different planet.  That assessment didn’t bother me because I get that reaction fairly often.  What was interesting to me as I read deeper into her comment was my awareness of the effort she put into reaching me, just as I had made an effort to reach her.  But our motives were entirely different.


   Being a successful saleswoman had brought her to the realization that reaching out and touching anyone who appears in her conscious awareness creates energy which in turn can be turned into money or success as she likes to call it.  This idea made me think of the welcome person at Walmart.  Now the Walmart people are aware of the fact that if they pay a person to touch the mind of the people coming into the store, this person will create energy which they, in turn, can convert into money. 


  Now when I meet the welcome person at Walmart, I let myself be fooled into thinking he or she really likes me and I genuinely touch her mind back in a caring way.  This gives me access to the energy created and it takes the whole situation out of the economic realm and more into the metaphysical realm.  I always said that when I reach enlightenment, I’m going to become a welcome person at Walmart and be genuinely glad to see every person who comes through the door.


  There is a point to this blog and I’m getting to it now.  It’s so important to reach out and touch other people in friendship simply to partake of this sacred, created energy because another name for this energy is love and it should never be put on the open market.  “Seek first the kingdom of God, and the rest will be granted.”

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Enlightenment: Awakening From The Dream

Nov. 3rd, 2010 | 03:46 pm
posted by: stardustnprison in dharmapunks

THIS is a pretty interesting take on Enlightenment.

November 3, 2010
Tricycle Daily Dharma

Awakening From the Dream

Enlightenment is awakening from the dream of being a separate me to being the
universal reality. It’s not an experience or a perception that occurs to a
separate person as the result of spiritual practice or cultivated awareness. It
doesn’t come and go, and you don’t need to do anything to maintain it. It’s not
about being centered or blissful or peaceful or any other experience. In fact,
enlightenment is a permanent nonexperience that happens to nobody. The separate
person is seen through, and you realize that only the supreme, universal reality
exists, and that you are that.

Adyashanti, "The Taboo of Enlightenment"

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Paramitas: The Energies That Keep Us Alive

Nov. 2nd, 2010 | 12:23 am
posted by: stardustnprison in dharmapunks

October 31, 2010
Tricycle Daily Dharma

The Energies That Keep Us Alive

The energies that keep us alive are joy, generosity, compassion, curiosity,
truthfulness, serenity, equanimity, wakefulness, one-pointedness, and
impeccability—the qualities of mind that Buddhist teaching sometimes calls
paramitas, or perfections, or sometimes bojjhangas, the factors of
enlightenment. They are qualities of awakened mind as well as qualities that can
be cultivated to aid awakening.

Jack Engler, "Just As It Is"

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Speculation: Noble Silence

Nov. 2nd, 2010 | 12:21 am
posted by: stardustnprison in dharmapunks

October 30, 2010
Tricycle Daily Dharma

Noble Silence

The Buddha was famous for remaining silent when he was asked any of fourteen
questions, questions like “Are the self and the world eternal? Are the self and
the world not eternal? Do the self and the world have an end? Do the self and
the world not have an end?” Although much has been written about the deep
meaning of his noble silence, one of the more plausible interpretations (which
actually occurs in a Buddhist text) is that the Buddha remained silent because
he knew whatever he said, he would be misunderstood. If he said that the world
was eternal, people might get discouraged and not practice because they would
conclude that they could never get out of samsara. If he said that the world
would end, people might not practice because they felt they could just wait
around for samsara to end naturally.

Donald S. Lopez, Jr., "From The Academy"

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Emptiness: Transform Yourself

Nov. 2nd, 2010 | 12:20 am
posted by: stardustnprison in dharmapunks

October 27, 2010
Tricycle Daily Dharma

Transform Yourself

Emptiness simply means an absence of reactivity. When you relate to somebody,
there's not you and me and your little mind running its little comparisons and
judgments. When those are gone, that is emptiness. And you can't put it into
words. That's the problem for people. They think there's some way to push for an
experience such as emptiness. But practice is not a push toward something else.
It's the transformation of your self. I tell people, "You just can't go looking
for these things. You have to let this transformation grow." And that entails
hard, persistent, daily work.

- Charlotte Joko Beck, "Life's Not A Problem"

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Grasping: The Way Things Are

Nov. 2nd, 2010 | 12:18 am
posted by: stardustnprison in dharmapunks

October 26, 2010
Tricycle Daily Dharma

The Way Things Really Are

One of the main pursuits of Buddhism is to bridge the gap between the way things
appear and the way things are. That approach does not come just from a curiosity
to investigate phenomena. It arises from the understanding that an incorrect
perception of reality inevitably leads to suffering. Grasping to solid reality
and to the notion of an independent self in particular engenders a host of
afflictive mental states and afflictive emotions that are the primary cause of
mind-made sufferings.

- Matthieu Ricard, "Why Meditate?"

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Reflection: A better and happier future

Nov. 2nd, 2010 | 12:15 am
posted by: stardustnprison in dharmapunks

October 25, 2010
Tricycle Daily Dharma

A Better and Happier Future

Our history abounds with stories of individuals perpetrating the most
destructive and harmful acts: killing and torture, bringing misery and untold
suffering to large numbers of people. These incidents in human history can be
seen as reflecting the darker side of our common human heritage. These events
occur only when there is hatred, anger, jealousy, and unbounded greed. World
history is a record of the effects of the negative and positive thoughts of
human beings. This, I think, is quite clear. By reflecting on these past
occurrences, we can see that if we want to have a better and happier future, now
is the time to examine the mindset of our present generation and to reflect on
the way of life that it may bring about in the future.

- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, "Loving the Enemy"

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Radical Acceptance & Mindfulness

Nov. 1st, 2010 | 05:20 am
mood: calmcalm
posted by: stardustnprison in dharmapunks

I, personally, really love the idea of this one. The word radical coupled with acceptance sounds like such a powerful concept to embrace and practice.

November 1, 2010
Tricycle Daily Dharma

Radical Acceptance

Mindfulness practice—a profound method for engaging life’s unpleasant moments—is
a powerful tool for removing obstacles and rediscovering happiness in
relationships. Mindfulness involves both awareness and acceptance of present
experience. Some psychologists, among them Tara Brach and Marsha Linehan, talk
about radical acceptance—radical meaning “root”—to emphasize our deep, innate
capacity to embrace both negative and positive emotions. Acceptance in this
context does not mean tolerating or condoning abusive behavior. Rather,
acceptance often means fully acknowledging just how much pain we may be feeling
at a given moment, which inevitably leads to greater empowerment and creative

Christopher K. Germer, "Getting Along"

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