"I will say it for you WillO, it is described as, compassion and love for all of life. the only reading they do is into the mind. As I have mentioned before, they know more about us than we truly know about our selves. Body language is all mind…"
"Yes and populated by lushes too. When we lived there I read that AmSam had the third highest per capita beer intake in the world, after Germany and Australia. I recall that it worked out to 32 gallons a year per Samoan and there were LOTS of…"
"I just looked it up and pago's 30 year average is 118 inches. Either they exaggerated 35 years ago or rainfall has diminished. that seems unlikely. Anything published by the Government of AS at that time was very likely to be…"
"That is a lovely and dramatic view, David. We visited Apia and some places around the island, a beach and a sliding rock. England and Germany nearly had a naval gunfight there before WWI. It was a German colony at the time.
"That was what the info we got about Tutuilla, the island we lived on and the capital of American Samoa. Pago Pago is at the inland shore of a huge natural harbor. It looks like the collapsed cone of an ancient, massive…"
Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. Tibetans have kept such meticulous records of their teachers that thousands of names are known and discussed in a wide range of biographical material. All these names, all these lives—it can be a little overwhelming. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives are currently mining the primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized for easy searching and browsing. Every Tuesday on the Tricycle blog, we will highlight and reflect on important, interesting, eccentric, surprising and beautiful stories found within this rich literary tradition.
Consider the Source: Why didn't Chinese Zen dharma halls have Buddhist icons?
In traditional Chinese Zen, the dharma hall had a special status as the place where the Zen master expounded the dharma. It was purposefully separated from the Buddha hall, where statues of the Buddha and other notables provided prominent devotional icons for temple services and visitors. The dharma hall itself, however, was always bare of such figures. Why?
In this third week's teaching of Zen teachers Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley Ellison's online retreat, "Mindfulness and Concentration," the two continue their exploration of the eight awarenesses. Covering both mindfulness and concentration practices, Chodo and Koshin show us how developing and expanding awareness aids our ability to care intimately for ourselves and others.
As Chodo says, "One can only be as intimate with another as one is with oneself." The practice of samadhi, or concentration meditation, equips us to be at home in any situation, regardless of how stressful or terrible it may be, and begins our process of becoming intimate with our selves and the world around us.