I have to admit that quite a lot of my suffering, heartache and misery are really due to my own stupidity. In the midst of an unpleasant episode, sometimes I would tell myself: if I were a bit wiser, I would have got myself out of this mess by now, or not get into [...]
If you take a look at VI’s event calendar, you will notice that each month we schedule a few pujas, offering ceremonies directed towards a particular Buddha figure. There are guru pujas (offering to the spiritual masters), Tara puja (to Tara, the popular female Buddha), and Medicine Buddha puja (to the eight Medicine Buddhas, [...]
It is almost universal for anyone beginning a meditation practice to find his or her mind distracted away from the object of meditation, got lost in those endless loops of thinking, remembering, fantasizing and so on. And there is also the opposite experience–the mind feeling heavy, dull, and drowsy, eventually falling asleep on the cushion.
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