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    Martine Batchelor Week 1 Q & A Paid Member

    1.You said you did Vipassana and Zen meditation what in essence is the difference?  many thanks Wendy Martine responds:Dear Wendy, These are two different techniques of meditation.  Vipassana meditation is based on awareness, Korean Zen is based on questioning.  What they each do is quite different, but being Buddhist meditations both help us to cultivate concentration and experiential enquiry together, which will lead us to develop creative awareness. 2.Thank you Martine for the teaching.  I am not sure that I understand how cultivating concentration and experiencing the impermanent nature of things help develop creativity.  Could you say more?  Megan More »
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    Train Your Mind, Slogan 7 Paid Member

    7. Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. These two should ride the breath. According to this slogan, in relation to ourselves, it is a good idea to practice breathing out what we want and breathing in what we don’t want. How counterintuitive is that? And in relation to others, it is suggested that we practice breathing out to them our love and healing, and breathing in their pain and sickness. That aspect is a little easier to grasp, as the notion of praying for those we care about is more familiar to us, as people who grew up in a Judeo-Christian culture. More »
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    The Way of the Green Bodhisattva: The Paramitas Week 6 Paid Member

    The Prajnaparamita Sutras are the foundation of Mahayana Buddhism. Prajna means wisdom, and paramita means “perfect” or “transcendent.” But perfect in comparison to what? What does wisdom transcend? In classical Buddhism, the answer is samsara—the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. However, the Mahayana teachings tell us repeatedly that this is not the answer. Samsara IS nirvana. In reality, there is nowhere to transcend. More »
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    Meditation Instructions 1 Paid Member

    Meditation on the Breath Sit still in a relaxed posture with the back upright on a chair or on a cushion on the floor, with the eyes half-closed, not fixing anything. How does it feel to be breathing? Try to experience your breath consciously. Rest your attention gently on the in-breath and the out-breath. Feel the air coming in a little cooler. Feel the air coming out a little warmer. Wait for the breath to happen and follow it as it comes and goes. When habitual thoughts about plans for the day come up, gently and steadily come back to the breath, remembering your intention to be aware and awake in this moment. When habitual feelings of uneasiness arise, let them pass through you while you rest your whole being on the breath. More »
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    Train Your Mind, Absolute and Relative Bodhichitta Paid Member

    Absolute and Relative BodhichittaThe mind training slogans are all about loving kindness or bodhichitta. They are about how we can live more sanely and with more effective compassion for others. But they do not immediately launch into the practical application of mind training, or relative bodhichitta. Instead, they begin with what is seemingly impractical, with the recognition of the empty and insubstantial nature of our experience. They begin with absolute bodhichitta. That is the focus of slogans 2-6. But why start there? More »
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    The Way of the Green Bodhisattva: The Paramitas Week 5 Paid Member

    For most people, Buddhism is synonymous with meditation. To a certain extent that is true. But only if we interpret meditation very broadly, so that it includes everything from zazen to carving mantras on rocks to sewing a monastic robe, reciting a prayer with every stitch. Walking can be meditation. Chanting can be meditation. Some have cultivated a profound lifelong practice with the simple act of making and serving tea. For the Green Bodhisattva, however, meditation has a very clear and specific meaning—it means “cultivating a mind to follow Nature, and return to Nature.” For the Green Bodhisattva there is no other way. More »