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Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:57

An Open Heart

Sitting to meditate at home a few days ago, I found tears pouring down my face. Pouring. Flowing freely. Yet no distress. Just lots of tears.

I had just learnt that Mark, a delightful young doctor from Hong Kong had succumbed to the same cancer I used to have. So what were the tears? Common grief? Sadness? Despair? Self identification?

Maybe. But actually most came courtesy of a profound insight. An insight you may well also value.





But first, consider this

Of all the sad things I see

The worst of it

Is the fear of death

Sogyal Rinpoche


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This year is the twenty-year anniversary of Sogyal Rinpoche’s The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. To celebrate this auspicious anniversary, there is a new website: The Tibetan Blog of Living and Dying.

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Sunday, 25 March 2012 11:25

Memento Mori; Remembering Impermanence

The Latin words memento mori—“remember death” or “remember that you must die”—were used in ancient Rome and in medieval times to remind the people of the imminence of death and the uncertainty as to its hour or circumstances. It was also believed to have been used in Rome during parades for Roman generals celebrating victories or triumphs in battle. Walking behind the victorious general would be his slave, who was given the task of reminding the general that, although he was celebrating his victory, at any moment he could be brought down by defeat. The slave would shout the words, “Memento mori!”
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This is the second part of a “series” that started last August. Thank god (or whoever is responsible) that I didn’t become a professional series writer, with this kind of discipline I probably wouldn´t be very successful.

Last time, it was about impermanence on the level of money. (As I’m still writing about the same business, you can guess that the tides of impermanence created SOME balance on the bank account, at least so far.) This time, it is about accepting impermanence on the level of people, of working relationships. Which can be quite challenging.
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There’s so much information available to us on how to meditate, when to meditate, even with whom to meditate. With what we have available, you’d think that we’d all be able to master meditation with ease. Nope!

Since first learning to meditate, after years of meditation, I’ve come to realize that there’s something that is definitely opposed to my peace of mind and finding my “meditative mind,” and that is…the soap opera mind!

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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 05:48

10 Essential Tips for Taming a Wild Mind

“If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent.”Pema Chodron

Does your mind get all unruly when you try to meditate?

Beginning meditators often feel disheartened when they find their mind besieged by more thoughts and emotions than ever.  They might even give up, thinking that meditation will never work because their mind is just too unruly. 

Even those who find meditation easy in the beginning, may soon encounter a time when their mind suddenly feels out of control.  "Advanced" meditators also hit turbulence from time-to-time.

Here's the secret:  If your mind is a bit wild, you are not alone!  Agitation is one of the two main obstacles in meditation; the other is dullness.  The great meditators of the past encountered precisely the same problems when they tried to meditate.  Lucky for us, they found solutions.

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Here is Lynda from down-under back again...

Death comes to us all

I was reminded of that death comes to us all in the last couple of weeks. My good friend, a Tibetan lama, told us of the death of his younger brother in Tibet. I knew his brother and had spent many days with him. Then my father-in-law’s younger sister died, both of them from lung problems. And then, a few days later, my very dear cat died in her sleep. The next day, my sister told me my nephew’s 18 year old best friend had killed himself while on suicide watch in hospital. As soon as I got back to work in the New Year, I heard a man I work with had fallen down a cliff and also died.

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Here is another tale from one of our friends down-under...


We all have friends we think we will keep for life.  Some of them we have known since we started at our first school.  But then, one day, we find the only thing holding us together is our history; we have grown apart and have different priorities, interests, beliefs, social groups.  What to do?

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