The monk is in the deep state of meditation under the bodhi tree, protected by an anti-mosquito tent.
Last year i visited India, and of course Bodhgaya. Such a blissful place, made some prostrations, circumambulations, took many photos and offered fruits and flowers to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and all sentient beings in Mahabodhi temple.
So far away from home i was but yet I felt at home and when came back to Ljubljana i felt homesick and still do. I lost my heart in Ladakh so now I am wondering around heartless and longing to meet my heart again soon.
If you ever visit Ladakh, be there for annual Oracle Nagrang festival at Mangtro Monastery, held on the 14th and 15th days of the first month of the Tibetan calendar and see the Cham dance with Oracles, two wrathful protectors. For someone who just hear or watch the video doesn’t mean much but when you are there, you can actually see that oracles are indeed there, embodied in two monks, who were previously been in deep meditation for several months to prepare themselves for this event to preform the dance in Chams.
It is so auspicious.
Here on video you can see them on the left with ropes over the heads. So when they were ready to come, none of us was allowed to take any photos or videos. Of course there were couple of people filming in secret but Oracles knew where exactly they are so they turned and pointed a finger into them and guardians ran towards them right away.
The mode of being that is expressed by the Buddha is at the heart of reality. It’s not the notion we usually construct for ourselves. Our notion of being is dualistic. We think of it as the opposite of the notion of nonbeing. The reality of being that the Buddha tries to convey is not the opposite of nonbeing. He’s using language differently. When he says “self,” it’s not the opposite of anything. The Buddha is very aware that self is made of nonself elements. That is our true self.
The practice of meditation is based not on how we would like things to be but on what is. We often do not have a proper understanding of what we are, of what we are actually doing. From the beginning, spirituality should be concerned with the actuality of who is involved in the practice. In the Buddhist form of meditation, we try to look at the perceiver of the universe, the perceiver that is self, ego, me, mine.
Vajrasattva is the aggregate of consciousness of all the Buddhas, appearing in the aspect of a white-colored Deity specifically to purify living beings’ negativity.He is the same nature as Buddha Vajradhara, differing only in aspect.
The practice of meditation and recitation of Buddha Vajrasattva is an extremely powerful method for purifying our impure mind and actions.
Someone asked me, “How can I really be responsible for my life?” I asked her, “Do you know who you are?” Not knowing, how can you be responsible for your life? The problem is that what our life actually is and our so-called intellectual understanding of what it is are often two different things. Most of the time we are deceiving ourselves, whether we know it or not. Please be careful about this. Shakyamuni Buddha himself said, “Be a torch for your life.” In other words, depend on yourself and be responsible for yourself, not as what you think you are but rather you as the dharma. This is very important. You cannot depend on your complaints, on your greed, anger, and ignorance.
So close the gap between Yourself and yourself. Carry this wisdom into your daily life and let your life continue in this way. When you close…
The heart pumps blood all by itself without you doing it.
The lungs breathe air all by themselves without you doing it.
The brain associates concepts with other concepts all by itself.
The mind is thinking (randomly babbling) completely on its own.
Let’s look inside for just a brief minute…
How long can you keep the mind completely silent?
If you try to stop thinking, it just starts right back up again.
Words, verbalization, thoughts, thinking, and emotionalism are completely automatic.
You can’t stop it by controlling it, but you can (eventually) stop it by non judgmentally watching it.
The brain works completely by itself.
It has nothing to do with “you” doing it.
This means that you are not the doer of deeds, nor the thinker of thoughts.
The mind/body is an “it”, not a “me”.
The brain’s thoughts and body’s actions are just the result of cells doing work.
We are not the physical body/mind and its senses.
We are not the mind and its automatic rambling thoughts.
We are the still, conceptless, silent Awareness that is aware of them.
We are the Awareness that is watching the body/mind’s automatic functioning.
We are the Silent Formless Observer.
We are the Life/Consciousness/Awareness that is simply aware of Itself as existing.
We have mistakenly identified ourselves as being the physical mind/body.
We have mistakenly identified ourselves with form.
It was an erroneous belief all along.
The real “you”, the Silent Aware Mind, is not confined to a brain, or anything else.
It’s Infinitely Everything beyond physicality.
It’s the (formless) Allness of Existence.
It’s No-Thing, yet Infinitely Everything.
But thinking about that won’t help you realize/experience that.
You have to stop identifying with thoughts altogether to realize that.
Mental quietness meditation helps to relax and focus the mind, to gain peace and happiness in one’s life and is a tool for spiritual change.
Meditation is an inner activity for transforming the mind.
If you are new then you should start with single-pointed meditation which means that you concentrate upon one object such as our breath without becoming distracted. Thoughts will appear but don’t let them distract you by thinking of them or talk to yourself about them, don’t identified with them. Don’t be attracted nor repulsed by them, nor agitated nor excited. Try not to react with any emotional response.
Don’t hang on any thought, image or feeling that arises. As the observer just notice its existence and then return your attention to the breathing.
You may have do this for many times but don’t be frustrated and don’t give up, be patient and persistent, allow yourself to feel content and relaxed. Very soon you will noticed changes in your mind and body. Peace will settle down in your being and the happiness will grow.
Amygdala “The two different types of meditation training our study participants completed yielded some differences in the response of the amygdala — a part of the brain known for decades to be important for emotion — to images with emotional content,” says Gaëlle Desbordes, PhD, a research fellow at the Athinoula A.