- Our way to practice is one step at a time, one breath at a time.
- -- Shunryu Suzuki
We find the practices that work for us,
to help us stay centered and be good in the world.
- Bhavana - meditation:
Just being with what is,
breathing, walking, sitting, standing lying down.
“breathing in, i see myself as still water
breathing out, i accept things as they are.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
practice - ana pana sati, mindfulness of breathing, at KowThamCenter.org
- being here, living now
- Sila - precepts, discipline in life, "virtue"
practice - explanation by Ajahn Sumedho, at KowThamCenter.org
- Jongrom - walking meditation
- Chod - “cutting”
- transforming mara ("demon", "enemy") into ally.
- Lo jong
- "transformation of the mind"
the eight verses
- Tonglen - giving and taking
Taking in discomfort, pain, turmoil;
breathing out care and peace.
- Being there for others (if they ask)
“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.
Help someone's soul heal.
Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”
By taking in the words of others,
we can incorporate them into our own thinking and life.