So I sat to meditate last night. 10 PM. I should have been sitting on the couch with a beer in my hand watching TV. Like everybody else. After 9 hours of work and 5 hours of minding my kids, I must be crazy to choose to sit alone at the kitchen table and watch my … Continue reading 22 Jul. Compassion. Self-appreciation. Sogyal Rinpoche.
Yesterday, I sat for an hour in Rigpa Buddhist Centre, Dublin. We didn't talk much. One of the best sittings I've ever had. I realized something new and precious. Thoughts are like reflexes triggered by external or internal stimuli. Trying to control or to stop them is silly and pointless. They are like chills or … Continue reading 13 Jul. Reflexes, reflections and tickles.
The first time I did the 16th Karmapa meditation was in the Diamond Way Centre in Poland, about a year ago. I wasn’t fully engaged in it though. I was put off by the visualization. Also the “Invocation of Black Coat” spoken at loud in Tibetan put me off. It was way too foreign and new … Continue reading 12 Jul. Diamond Way.
I visited Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Dublin (Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism) yesterday. This time the event went ahead and I got to meditate with a group of 10 people. I thought we would sit for 20 minutes only. We sat for 60. There were no breaks. Just one intermediate bell. More or … Continue reading 11 Jul. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre.
Last night I sat for 20 minutes. First sitting at home since 26th of June. It felt great. I got to sit formally only once during the last 10 days. But I did meditate. Not meditating is not an option. What else is there? So I meditated while on a plane pretending to be asleep. … Continue reading 7 Jul. Karma Kagyu.