Here are some highlights of Bodhigaya where Buddha sat under the Bodhi Tree and became enlightened.
The energy here is amazing! It is so humbling to be in the presence of many great meditation teachers & practitioners.
Everyday, I mindfully pray & walk around the temple stupa doing honoring the temple with 10,000 or more people. Currently there are many teachers, monks, nuns & lay people praying for peace all day long for the 24th annual Nyingma Monlam World Peace Ceremony.
When I return from India, I will be holding a special workshop offering special prayer beads here from Bodhigaya & sharing some ways to create calm & peace of mind.
I was inspired to write this today.
Maybe this is my gift
(I writing this because after going to the Tibetan Doctor and as she listened to my pulses I told her I felt my heart needed healing. I was informed it would be good for me to share my heart. She says I have been keeping things inside.)
I made a choice.
The choice to come to India.
The choice to leave my home, my stuff….
My husband, my dogs and some of my jobs.
To practice the Dharma, to follow my heart and start a new
chapter, a new life.
After my mom with mental illness died 2 1/2 years ago I have never been the same.
Seeing my mom die was like watching a part of me die.
After the initial shock my heart felt sick and blocked.
I gained weight.
I could not find much joy in my life.
I felt alone and disconnected.
I couldn’t think straight at times.
I did the best I could to help others & to get the healing I needed.
About 2 years later in Dec 2013, I went on a pilgrimage following Buddhas footsteps in sacred sites to India with my Tibetan Buddhist Teacher.
The intense healing process began.
When I got home, I was not the same.
I realized what I was needing more Dharma (Truth) in my life.
My view was very different than before I left for pilgrimage.
My mind was blown.
My reality was shaken.
What was really important was to simplify my life and let go of all the stuff I have been carrying around for years.
This has always been in the back of my mind but now it had become in the forefront of my awareness.
So now a year later, 40 lbs lighter, & with great humbleness & humility. I am at Khenpo’s nunnery in Saranth, Varanasi, where Buddha gave his first teaching on the Four Noble Truths practicing the Dharma.
I am exploring my consciousness.
I am allowing myself to feel and heal the tightly packed away emotions and thoughts.
I am doing my best to clean up past karma, to create better karma & a new way of life for the benefit of all beings.
I pray for clarity every day every moment every breath.
Even when I experience heavy doubt I am still sure that I will be a better person and of more benefit to all beings because of this choice.
I am sure to many people this may may not make sense.
This may seem
The price I pay is the feeling of sadness, guilt, great loss and grief mixed with the gift of freedom and liberation.
I am making great sacrifices to learn about the Dharma.
The lifestyle, the culture, the food and the weather here are very challenging at times to my mental and physical health.
At times, I wonder if I can make it another 2 more months.
But, I must be Truthful and follow my heart.
It is a lonely path but I feel as if I did anything else I would be living a lie.
This is my life and it is a gift.
Life is short.
Birth, sickness, old age, and death.
We have choices.
We must find our purpose and make choices consciously or we will be tossed around like waves in the ocean by others thoughts and perceptions.
The bible says it here:
New International Version:
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.”
Many of you have your own gifted lives to live.
I encourage living in the Truth.
It is a healthy choice.
Find your gifts and share them with the world.
That is what we are here for.
Don’t be stingy.
Share your heart.
It is the gift that keeps on giving.
I will do my best to do as little harm to others and be of great benefit to all beings.
Sometimes I feel shy and afraid to be this transparent.
But what more do I have to lose?
As I am learning, I wish to share what I am learning to help benefit you.
May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness
May they be free from suffering and the cause of suffering.
May they never be disassociated from the supreme happiness which is without suffering.
May they remain in boundless equanimity free from attachment and rejection of others.
The Four Immeasurables as a Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Prayer
( I place doubt in Buddhas lap again and again)
I am so happy to announce my trip to India. Stay tuned for my pictures and adventures.
Mindful Parables and poems for you 🙂
Here is one of my favorite parables on how to connect with people.
5 Lessons To Learn From Porcupines
It was the coldest winter ever – so cold that many animals froze to death.
In an effort to save themselves from this icy fate, the porcupines decided to gather together to fend off the chill.
They huddled close to each other, covered and protected from the elements, and warmed by their collective body heat.
But their prickly quills proved to be a bit of a problem in close proximity – they poked and stabbed each other, wounding their closest companions.
The warmth was wonderful, but the mutual needling became increasingly uncomfortable. Eventually, they began to distance themselves one from the other, scattering in the forest only to end up alone and frozen. Many died.
It soon became clear that they would have to choose between solitary deaths in the frigid wilderness and the discomfort of being needled by their companions’ quills when they banded together.
Wisely, they decided to return to the huddle. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their fellows, in order to benefit from the collective heat they generated as a group. In this way they were able to survive.
Possible morals of the story
- We all hurt each other from time to time, it’s an inevitable part of being in relationship and community. But in the end we’re often better off together than we might be apart.
- Learning to accept each other’s imperfections can be a successful survival strategy.
- People are not perfect. Accepting and living with our own imperfections as well as those of others, is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and those close to us.
- A little needling can be a good thing.
- Learn to live with the pricks in your life – they may be serving some higher purpose 🙂
As I am preparing for my journey, I am noticing travel jitters. My stomach has butterflies. Pack, unpack rinse and repeat. Kinda like the churning of my stomach as it tries to digest the big journey ahead. I am so excited! What is the difference between excitement and fear?
All I know is that if I take deep belly breaths one moment at a time I can enjoy the journey and stay calm.
Stay tuned as I begin the journey of a lifetime. 🙂
THANKING A MONKEY
There’s a monkey in my mind
swinging on a trapeze,
reaching back to the past
or leaning into the future,
never standing still.Sometimes I want to kill
that monkey, shoot it square
between the eyes so I won’t
have to think anymore
or feel the pain of worry.But today I thanked her
Dear Mindful Practitioners,
Here is a very precious opportunity to learn and practice with a scholar.
I highly recommend if you can set aside the time to connect with my compassionate wise teacher Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche this Saturday at the Palm Beach Dharma Center in Lake Worth, Fl.
Check out the flier below.
|FALL 2013 TEACHING from
KHENPO TSEWANG DONGYAL RINPOCHESaturday, September 28, 2013
10am – 12pm; 3pm – 5pm
Teachings on Bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightenment; offering of Bodhisattva Vows, and concluding Tsok
“Bodhichitta is the mind filled with love and compassion for all sentient beings. It’s the intention to help all beings be free from suffering and accomplish great happiness. It is centered on the wish to be of service to all beings, to fulfill their wishes and to support and inspire them to Buddhahood.”
TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
A Taste of Mindfulness
Free Introductory Class
AM & PM classes to choose from:
This class is an opportunity for participants to get a taste of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
- Learn how stress affects us, how to respond vs. react to stress and improve your health.
- Experience introductory MBSR exercises that you can utilize immediately to help yourself.
- Find your ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
For more information or to RSVP call 561-714-6131 or email Kimberly.
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