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It’s a Trap

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

My Daily Battle With the Internet

WWW (Internet) : If you want your willpower back, give me your time!

Rabbit: D: Here!

Will Power: No don’t give it to him!!

WWW: *Evil Laughter* Now I have both your willpower and time. *runs off*

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 Moral of Story: Don’t give into Greed! It will keep on Taking.

 

 

The Lotus

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

                                                    Hubert

Meditation: Metta

Monday, August 1st, 2011

To find out what metta means go here: Metta! What’s that?


Note: You can break down the steps if you want or need it.

The Adventures of Monk Baldy Part III

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Make the Unseen Gift Seen

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The present is consistently with everyone; it stands beside one like a friend, never flaunting ahead like an inept child one must watch with a careful eye, while never slinking behind where one might think it is an obsessive stalker. However, the present is only noticed a few times before one’s attention returns to the future or past.

How can you stay in the present?

These are three ways to help you live the moment:

1. Breathing.

This technique is the simplest way to stay present and can be done anywhere except in the water (that is just dangerous).  When your mind starts to wonder to the future or past, take a couple of breaths and focus your mind on inhaling and exhaling.

2. Be aware of the environment.

Use the five senses. Listen to the sounds around you, notice the way things feel, when eating or drinking pay attention to the flavors, etc.

This awareness includes your body, out and in. Is the clothes making your skin itch? Can you feel the your heart working hard to get the blood circulating or your stomach acid churning?

3. Experience things as if it was the first time.

This ties in together with the previous way. However, it helps when there are difficulties on being aware with your surroundings. For example, when eating a gummy bear. Take the role of someone who has never seen or even heard about the gummy bear. Look, smell, and touch the gummy bear carefully. When eating the bear, instead of chewing it up, let it marinate on your tongue before chewing. There will be new things you will find within the gummy bear or anything else.

The present is like the thin piece of cheese surrounded by the past and future as slices of bread. Though it is the bread that makes up the majority of the sandwich, it is the flavorful piece of cheese that is the real essences of a grilled cheese sandwich. Enjoy it.

-Pas

 

 

Kindness: Pass It On

Friday, June 24th, 2011

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The Adventures of Monk Baldy Part II

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

-by Delphine/Dhammasukha

The Adventures of Monk Baldy

Friday, April 15th, 2011

 

The incredibly dangerous, metta-filled adventure of the great monk baldy.

-Delphine/Dhammasukha/Phap Lac

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How Are You Doing?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

A common answer to a common question. However, is “fine” the real answer to this simple question?

There were many days when “fine” was my answer, but I was just putting on a mask in order to protect myself from feeling vulnerable or to protect my friends from worrying. I’ve learned that if there was enough pressure that was placed upon this mask it would break and the world would come crashing down.

So how can I to keep the mask from breaking…no better yet how can I toss that mask away, get rid of the suffering and to say fine truthfully? The first step, I believe, is to catch the sneaky defilement causing my troubles, whether it is greed, aversion, ignorance, or even a mixture of all three. If it is caught early then it can be dealt with before the suffering starts.

For example, I’m full from a feast but there is a delicious-looking chocolate chip cookie on the table that is calling out,”you know you want to eat me :]” At this point I need to realize that it is not the cookie that is calling out to me but greed. If I go with greed I would have a minute of happiness, but hours of weariness and chances of a stomach ache. Hmm, should I listen to it?

~ Pasadyne

 

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Meditating Doggie

Monday, February 28th, 2011

~by Delphine aka Dhammasukha