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Compassion and Meditation, by Jean-Yves Leloup

By Gesigewigu's | August 25, 2010 | Leave a comment

Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity, by Jean-Yves Leloup
Inner Traditions, 9781594772771, 165 pp., 2009

A French Orthodox priest teaching meditation in a Zen dojo, this might seem strange but such is the life of Jean-Yves Leloup. A long time practitioner of Hesychast, a Christian form of meditation, Leloup shares his experience in this form as well as his understanding of and connection to Buddhism. He believes that meditation without compassion is lacking something, and in the same thought that compassion without meditation is incomplete.

While it would be an oversimplification to attribute compassion to Christianity, and meditation to Buddhism, and try to combine them; Leloup does think that both systems contain both compassion and meditation, but that their differences and similarities can support each other. He is not alone; he briefly traces an interesting history linking Christian and Buddhist practices and ideologies in religious texts going back to the 1700′s. Continue reading


Review: Healing with Form, Energy and Light, by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

By Gesigewigu's | January 24, 2009 | Leave a comment

Healing with Form, Energy, and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen, by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Snow Lion Publications, 1559391766, 159 pp (incl. glossary), 2002

Bön is the indigenous Tibetan religion that predates Buddhism, often called Tibetan Shamanism. As a religious belief it had historically suffered a social oppression under the Lama culture of Buddhist Tibet, but His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama has recognized Bön as one of the five major spiritual traditions in Tibet, which has led to a resurgence of information and interest in this traditions. Tenzin Wangyal is a Bön-po (practioner), considered a Bön master and has spent his life studying Vajrayana and Bön. Due to this upbringing (and perhaps the modern state of the religion), the Bön in this book is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, as opposed to being “pure” Bön, which Continue reading


Altered States of Consciousness and Ritual

By Julia | September 15, 2002 | Leave a comment

Altered States of Consciousness (ASCs) are an integral part of ritual. They can be defined as any mental state recognized by the individual as different from his or her normal waking consciousness. As such, the act of separating yourself from the mundane world, having a ritual bath or shower and preparing the ritual space, is enough to induce some sort of ASC in most people. Taking on a magical persona involves an ASC, as does invocation of godhead, dancing or chanting to raise power, meditation, scrying, and going through a guided visualization or path-working. Continue reading


Card Meditation for Major Arcana

By C D Burdorf | February 20, 2002 | Leave a comment

From: mascdb[at]gdr[dot]bath[dot]ac[dot].uk (C D Burdorf)
Subject: meditation techniques for Merlin Tarot
Date: 7 Oct 92 10:53:20 GMT

Ok, due to popular demand here it is.

This is the stuff from RJ Stewart’s workshop I attended two weeks ago on Merlin Tarot and Meditation. This is for meditating on the trumps only.

When meditating,

  1. Don’t use intense concentration
  2. Let your mind wander up and down and through the card
  3. First have your eyes open, then have your eyes closed.
  4. Build the image of the card in your mind without stepping into it.
  5. Then step into the card, feel the ground, temperature, smell the smells
  6. Set the card up about 10 feet away from you, take three steps towards it, imagine yourself walking into the card, sit behind it and meditate on being inside it, then walk out of the card.

Other techniques:

If there is a path on the card, walk your way up it. Work your way through the card

Dissolve the physical forms and concentrate on the powers and energies of the card.

Once inside the card turn around and look back out, it will give you a different perspective. Write your experiences down and meditate on them.

General pattern

IN->Forms->energies->out

It doesn’t have to be for a long time.

Meditate on the card before you go to sleep. It can make you dream about the card. Look at it again as soon as you wake up. Write down your dream and meditate on it.

When inside the card ask the people for advice if you wish. Pick a card that feels relevant to your problem.

Have fun,

Chris


List of Five

By Karel Hladky | November 13, 2001 | Leave a comment

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From: khladky[at]nessie (Karel Hladky)
Subject: Lists of Five [Repost]
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It would seem that this post didn’t quite make it, here it goes again:

After reading the recent discussions, I dug up some old notes. Perhaps someone might find it useful.

The mind is also capable of functioning to a greater degree of inner strength and purpose, so that it is less at the mercy of its surroundings.

This mode of functioning is, in abhidhamma, also described in terms of a group of five.

  1. Directing the mind to the object (vitakka)
  2. Examining the object (vicara)
  3. Energisation (piti)
  4. Harmonising (sukha)
  5. Unifying of the mind (ekaggata)

Like many abhidhamma lists, the different factors can be understood in one way as forming stages of a process:

  1. Vitakka – the initial movement of the mind to a new object
  2. Vicara – the mind, now firm in its direction, can examine the object in more detail
  3. Piti – continued contact with the object draws together energies which were previously scattered
  4. Sukha – the energisation settles down and pervades the mind in a harmonious type of happiness
  5. Ekaggata – the mind, now in harmony, can be unified and stilled at a point of focus

The factors can also be understood in terms of the five elements. Vitakka is the way in which the mind is extended to objects (earth). Vicara is the cohesion between the mind and the object (water). Piti energises the mind, raising its ‘temperature’ (fire). Sukha is the harmonious vibration of the mind (air), while ekaggata, in limiting the mind to a particular focus, creates a new field in which it can act (space).

These intensifying factors are not described as skilful of themselves. They may be aspects of the functioning of the mind in both skilful and unskilful states. Perhaps because it is their nature to intensify experience, it is possible that they may become out of balance and misused, thus forming the basis for those aspects of malfunctioning of the mind called the five hindrances.

These can therefore be seen as the result of ‘too much’ of the five intensifying factors, which is brought out by placing the two groups side by side:

  1. Dulness and drowsiness Vitakka
  2. Wavering of the mind Vicara
  3. Dislike Piti
  4. Restlessness and anxiety Sukha
  5. Motivation based on attachment Ekaggata

Thus dullness and drowsiness are opposed by and dispelled by the application and extension of the mind in vitakka which gives it a skilful purpose. But if there is too much vitakka, the mind has a strong impulse to action without being able to do anything, causing bewilderment and fear or ‘wavering’. Wavering is thus opposed by harnessing the mind to the object. However too much vitakka and vicara force the mind to do something that it does not really want to do. Dislike of the whole process, the next hindrance, is the inevitable result.

Dislike is opposed by piti, which creates an enthusiastic interest in the object, but if there is too much energy, the mind does not know what to do with it. The energy vibrates in an unskilful way and the mind becomes restless and anxious. These states are opposed by sukha, which harmonises the energy. If the mind then finds this harmony too enjoyable, this action becomes transmuted into action based on attachment. This is characterised by anything from over-exuberance to a subtle form of excitement, which is remedied by stilling the mind at a point and focusing its energies.

The drawback of this process is that it may overreach itself, focusing the mind down too much, so that it becomes dull and drowsy once more.

So there!

Karel

**Dr. Karel Hladky*(khladky@umist.ac.uk)*Tel-44-612366573*CAPCIS Ltd.**


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