Tag: enlightenment

Books and Websites

(This section is currently under construction: there are many more excellent books I would like to share with you as time goes on and I have a chance to list them all for you)

Books:

Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery by Rupert Sheldrake

A really excellent book by a brilliant and prodigious author who critiques the history, methods and current conclusions of science, on the basis of scientific method, from the vantage point of an accomplished scientist. This work shows some critical aspects of how the world works (and you are in for some big surprises), the scientific evidence of which, science has hidden and obscured from us, largely because of self interest, bias and downright avoidance or prejudice.  Also highly readable.

Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition

by Christopher D. Wallis, illustrations by Ekabhumi Charles Ellik. Not the western sexually oriented tantra we all have heard of; this author uses his long years of linguistic and tantrik philosophical studies to directly translate several key texts (previously unavailable in English) of the ancient tantrik poly-traditions (my term) in order to create a clear picture of their most important insights into nonduality and what it can mean for us.  Something many yoga practitioners will be surprised to learn is that the tantrik schools further developed, evolved and refined yoga over the very long period from Patanjali to their ending.  Dr. Wallis, or Hareesh, also has a great website, TantrikStudies, which has a wealth of useful and informative teachings in various forms.

Websites and Web Materials:

accesstoinsight.org contains translations of many ancient Buddhist texts (Tipitaka) and a vast, searchable Library of illuminating and very helpful articles on the tradition and modern day practice of Theravada Buddhism. If you are you are a yogi, I think you will find that Buddhism has a perspective on suffering which will complement philosophy and practice greatly. It may also challenge you in new ways you hadn’t expected. And it can make you very happy.

swamij.com is a very well organized (and very searchable ) site introducing yoga philosophy and explaining various meditative practices. It also provides a clear and succinct translation and commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, as well as explanation and guidance through the practice of kundalini yoga.  The author of this site is a truly wonderful communicator and teacher in the setting of writing for a general audience. Although I do not recommend direct communication with him I am profoundly indebted to him for his well organized and highly useful site which provides some insights I’ve not seen anywhere else.

TantrikStudies (see above under Tantra Illuminated for description of content)

Things to come: New Name and a New Facebook Group

Things to come: New Name and a New Facebook Group

The following plans are under consideration, and input is sought from all readers and interested parties. The overall purpose of these changes will be to foster a more easily available and richer, livelier experience for everyone involved.

We will be choosing a new name for this blog, and eventually setting up a new blog under that name.

The goal of the new blog name will be to create a simple, clear and original name which will be memorable and express the purpose of this blog, as well as serving as a brief and easy-to-remember web address.  All ideas welcome–email me or comment below.

We will also be setting up a new Facebook group with the newly selected name. The primary goal of this group will be to facilitate communication and conversation between all involved parties:

          Between teachers and students

          Also between students and each other

The new FB group will enable us to communicate and coordinate activities with other spiritual traditions and organizations which any of us are also involved in.

Finally the FB group it will also enable

Announcements of upcoming events

Sharing of periodic brief inspirational quotes by various scriptures and writers

After the new name has been chosen, the Facebook group will be started and developed in the next days/weeks, and then the new blog will be created and existing material transitioned over to it before transitioning over to it permanently.

Dear Readers; your input is welcome and appreciated:  all comments, ideas, and suggestions relating to any of the above plans are welcome. If you see that something important has been left out, you are also welcome to bring that up as well. 

Please email me with your thoughts at KarenMeginnis7@gmail.com, or comment below.

Sharing grace, peace, and bliss,

Karen

KarenMeginnis7@gmail.com

 

Coming soon:

More information about me, my life, journey, experiences in practice.

Future blog subjects currently under contemplation:  (readers please also be invited to send suggestions for topics you are curious about)

Developing a brief questionnaire for beginning students on what motivates you personally to motivate, what you have learned so far, how meditation has affected your life (both pluses and minuses), what you would like to learn, and what you would like to share with teachers and other students about what you have learned. Actually, this is a good start; anyone interested in learning from me, please be invited to answer the above questions. This can be for your own use, and if you so desire, you can also send it to me.

The nature of desire, how it relates to suffering, how it can serve the aspirant in progress toward enlightenment, and how to experiment with desire.

How does awakening actually “feel?” and why is this so?

Why is the Buddha’s advice to practice the 4 kinds of love so effective in helping free the aspirant from suffering?

How to conduct and learn from your own experiments in life practice and mediation. How to share what you have learned with your teachers and other students

How meditation changes the heart and mind of the meditator 

How Buddhism and Yoga meditation compliment each other in helping the student progress toward awakening.

Also coming: links to resources for meditation and related groups. If you are personally a part of a meditation group or tradition that you find helpful, please send me their info along with you they have benefited you. They will be considered for future inclusion in this list. The same is true of books and web resources on meditation and enlightenment. 

 

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana on Vipassana Meditation BY BHANTE HENEPOLA GUNARATANA| DECEMBER 8, 2016

 

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http://www.lionsroar.com/why-meditate/

I see some people have liked this post.  I would like to mention, that I have found this practice to be really useful for myself personally. Although I meditated yoga-style for 18 years and made a lot of progress that way, I’ve only done Vipassana for about a month and have found it enables me to discover and heal childhood trauma and other wounds, and release the egoic desires, aversions, and identifications which turned difficult situations into actual trauma and suffering, much faster than I was ever able to do through the yoga.

Not to say that the yoga wasn’t useful; it was and is. Currently it has enabled my mind under the direction of my consciousness, to be the “rubber room” I always thought I would need in order to heal this stuff. I don’t think it would be nearly so easy to peacefully and gracefully deal with the things coming up if I hadn’t developed those skills and understandings first.

Do you need to learn yoga to do Vipassana? I imagine it all depends on who you are and what your history and the makeup of your mind is.  All I want to communicate here is that I’ve found each of these practices to be really helpful for me.