By Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Amy Schmidt
Author note: Sharon Salzberg (Forward), Joseph Goldstein (Introduction), Jack Kornfield (Afterword)
Publish yr note: First released may well 1st 2005
'An inspiring and lovely publication approximately one in all our so much cherished elders, a contemporary Buddhist saint', Jack Kornfield, writer of After the Ecstasy the Laundry.
Read the existence tale and non secular teachings of Dipa Ma, a tremendous determine in modern Buddhism. She was once the instructor of such well-respected western Buddhists as Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Alice Walker and Sylvia Boorstein, between others. An comprehensive yogi, she used to be an encouraged instructor and a faithful mom and grandmother.
A lady who chanced on nice freedom via profound degrees of perception and one that exemplified in her each motion enormous kindness, generosity, and mindfulness. via this distinctive account of a striking lady, including the recollections of her scholars, many extra aspiring practitioners could be encouraged through her existence and legacy.
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We can do this on our own, with a friend, at home, or in a café. We can do it any time, even in the middle of a busy day. First, bring awareness to the way you’re sitting. Be aware of the contact of your body with the floor, your posture, how your hands are placed. Relax your body, releasing the tension in your shoulders, jaw, and all the muscles in your face. Allow your mouth to gently form a half smile. Become aware of your breath and the simple enjoyment of of sitting. Reach for the steaming cup of tea in front of you.
To have the attitude of repressing difficult emotions is the result of ignorance. Ignorance is one of the three “poisons” in Buddhism, along with greed and hate. It’s important to recognize despair, anger, disappointment, and other emotions as they arise. The Buddha said that a person who refuses to recognize his or her own suffering is like a mule walking around with a heavy load, unable to get rid of it. I laugh when I think of this example, especially when I catch myself acting like the mule.
May your pain give rise to greater compassion for yourself and others. When you adopt a meditation practice it’s important to begin with the amount of time that suits your needs and schedule. You may start by sitting for five or ten minutes and then gradually sit for longer periods as you get more comfortable with the practice. You may eventually extend the time to twenty, thirty, or forty-five minutes. If you start out by sitting for too long, you might drop your practice after a few weeks because it’s too big a commitment.