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What do you practice?

JaySonJaySon Florida Veteran

I'm just curious what everyone practices here.

I started off Zen when I was a dumb teenager then found Theravada later in life and practiced breath meditation and vipassana. Now I still have a love for Theravada and study it but also study and practice the Tibetan Mahayana traditions. When I study Je Tsongkhapa's Lamrim Chenmo it's clear to me that all the practices of Theravada are the root of even the Mahayana path.

There came a point a couple years ago when I decided to hop on the Mahayana path. The reason? Let's say that samsara is a burning building. I could practice only Theravada and escape alone or I could practice to help everyone escape. I would never leave my beloved wife, pets, friends, family, or even enemies behind in a burning building. So I also practice lojong, mantras, purifying, and receiving blessings.

In a nutshell, my practice has 5 goals:

  1. Accumulate Merit
  2. Purify Negative Karma
  3. Accumulate Wisdom
  4. Receive Blessings
  5. Cultivate Bodhichitta

So my practice session is always being altered but it looks something like this:

Merit Multiplying Mantras
Set Bodhichitta Intention
Om Mani Padme Hum
Medicine Buddha Mantra
Manjushri Mantra
Space-Like Meditative Equipoise On Emptiness
Meditation On Death and Impermanence
Meditation On Everything Being Like A Dream
Migtsema
Dedicate Merit To The Enlightenment Of All Beings

If I don't have much time or if I'm feeling lazy, I'll do one or two of these things. I like to practice meditating while I'm lying in bed at night and when I wake up in the morning and I won't go through this whole session. I might just meditate on emptiness and impermanence with Bodhichitta intention, for example. Or I might just lay there and recite Migtsema or Om Mani Padme Hum. Or I might just watch my thoughts and feelings and know they're impermanent and not self, doing my best to keep desire from arising, not clinging to any of them.

Shoshinlobster

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  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    edited January 31

    I use Theravada for studying and reading, and Zen techniques for meditation ( Raking is my jam! ) and Secular stuff to help me relate to others in everyday life.

    ShoshinJaySonperson
  • JeffreyJeffrey Veteran
    edited January 31

    I meditate, read, and watch videos. Most of what I read or watch is stuff produced by the sangha I am part of electronically. Sometimes read other books or articles or things. The meditation I do is informed by the sangha's teachings. I do a refuge prayer and awakening bodhicitta prayer in the morning in the shower.

    And then in my life I try to be kind and mindful and things like that. I observe the precepts pretty well aside from sometimes having a beer with dinner. (Well at least I'm not breaking the fourth and lying about that).

    I have not formally taken refuge or the precepts or bodhisattva vows. I think I might do refuge in the spring electronically with my sangha if the opportunity comes.

    JaySonVastmind
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I do what I can, when I can, how I can, the best I can. I am a gloriously successful failure at establishing a routine, but so far, I'm doing ok.

    JaySonVastmindKundo
  • JaySonJaySon Florida Veteran

    @Jeffrey said:
    I meditate, read, and watch videos. Most of what I read or watch is stuff produced by the sangha I am part of electronically. Sometimes read other books or articles or things. The meditation I do is informed by the sangha's teachings. I do a refuge prayer and awakening bodhicitta prayer in the morning in the shower.

    And then in my life I try to be kind and mindful and things like that. I observe the precepts pretty well aside from sometimes having a beer with dinner. (Well at least I'm not breaking the fourth and lying about that).

    I have not formally taken refuge or the precepts or bodhisattva vows. I think I might do refuge in the spring electronically with my sangha if the opportunity comes.

    Wish I could find a Sangha nearby. There's nothing within over a hundred miles except for a Nyingma center. I might end up there but I don't know much about it. I wish there were either Gelug or Sakya nearby because I've benefitted so much from those teachings.

    My big nonvirtue is frivolous speech, joking too much and what not with my best buddy and my wife. I used to lie a lot (I was in advertising). Now I don't. I drink a few beers maybe once every two weeks.

    So, congrats on your ethical discipline. It's something I wish I would've mastered a long time ago, but I didn't see the harm in certain nonvirtuous actions especially of speech, was ignorant about karma.

    Jeffrey
  • JeffreyJeffrey Veteran
    edited February 1

    @JaySon on I access the sangha I am part of electronically. We are Kagyu and Nyingma based. Some connections to both. My teacher has a different view on emptiness than Gelug but it's rather complicated to unpack that discussion. I think intellectually there is a big difference but people just speaking simply from their heart I guess there is hardly a difference. I would like to meet some Buddhists in person too but there's only so much time to do different things and it would be somewhat confusing (maybe) for me to join a Zen group and at the same time be studying my lama and her sangha's teachings.

    JaySon
  • JaySonJaySon Florida Veteran

    @Jeffrey said:
    @JaySon on I access the sangha I am part of electronically. We are Kagyu and Nyingma based. Some connections to both. My teacher has a different view on emptiness than Gelug but it's rather complicated to unpack that discussion. I think intellectually there is a big difference but people just speaking simply from their heart I guess there is hardly a difference. I would like to meet some Buddhists in person too but there's only so much time to do different things and it would be somewhat confusing (maybe) for me to join a Zen group and at the same time be studying my lama and her sangha's teachings.

    There's a book called Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by a Karma Kagyu master that I found helpful. In it, he refutes the Gelug's Prasangika view but he uses all the various views of other schools as stepping stones to the Karma Kagyu ultimate view.

  • JeffreyJeffrey Veteran
    edited February 1

    @JaySon my teacher was the editor of that book actually and the author is her teacher! I've read it before and thought it was pretty good explanations.

    JaySon
  • JaySonJaySon Florida Veteran

    @Jeffrey said:
    @JaySon my teacher was the editor of that book actually and the author is her teacher! I've read it before and thought it was pretty good explanations.

    Awesome!

  • What do you practice?

    Uptown Funk ... Eh ... Wrong again? :3

    JaySonVastmindGuiKundo
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited February 1

    What do you practice?

    Presentmindedness ...when just sitting or wandering around...and this often entails

    Kindness....

    Compassion...

    And
    Acceptance...of what is....

    In my practice there are no goals to speak of...just practice...( goalposts are often moved)...

    Different Buddhist traditions/schools/sects may have a different take on The Four Noble Truths & Eight Fold Path ...but all traditions tend to see the same light at the end of the tunnel .....

    Thus have I heard that Bodhidharma mentioned this...

    "The most essential method which includes all other methods is to behold the Mind- The Mind is the root from which all things grow-If one can understand the Mind...Everything else is included"

    And when it comes to Buddhist traditions/schools/sects...I'm a flexi practitioner...
    Whatever floats my raft and keeps it afloat...no preference...just an open mind...(but not so open that my brains fall out ... well maybe just the terrorist cells fall out :) )

    JaySonlobsterKeromeVastmind
  • GuiGui Veteran

    @JaySon said:
    I'm just curious what everyone practices here.

    Forgetting to think. That's basically it. Except I've found it doesn't go so well at work.

    lobster
  • GuiGui Veteran

    @Lobster, that is one of the coolest videos I have ever seen. Many thanks.

  • ajhayesajhayes Northern Michigan Veteran

    I honestly don't know what I practice. I learn what I can from several traditions, I watch talks from several Monks and Nuns, read books of different traditions... I have the feeling that I should pick a tradition, but, I can't stop the thought that just "general Buddhism" is acceptable.

    In short, I'm very confused and I don't think it's the worst thing in the world.

  • In January I was doing breath meditation in the mornings before work, and loving-kindness in the evenings.

    I’m thinking of doing a month of shikantaza starting on Monday. The new moon feels like an auspicious time to change, but I’m probably being overly superstitious about that.

    I keep the precepts, interpreting the fifth as abstaining from intoxication rather than simply intoxicants. So I have one beer with dinner from time to time.

    And I’ve been trying a couple of local practice centres but haven’t found one that quite fits yet. I’d love to take precepts and refuge formally.

    Other than that—reading, reading, reading...

    lobsterJaySon
  • FoibleFullFoibleFull Canada Veteran

    I practice what my teacher teaches us.
    He is a Tibetan Buddhist monk, born in Tibet, educate at Namgyal in Dharamshala and earned his Geshe degree. So I practice Vajrayana.

    Does it fit? Not exactly. I'm a Westerner, not a Tibetan.
    But the system works, and has produced inner change. And since the big thing about Buddhism is learning self-awareness and relaxing into it, that also means you relax if the system is not a perfect fit.

    A bunch of locals in my city started up a Buddhist centre, and requested a teacher, and he was sent to us in 2000. We support him and the building in which he lives and teaches.

    lobsterShoshinJaySon
  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran

    I’m a mix of Tibetan and Zen

  • JewelJewel North Carolina, USA New

    I practice zazen. Every moment of every day, I try to keep connected but unconnected, part of life but not part of life, if that makes any sense. I'm just starting my formal zazen practice at a local couple's house. I also practice compassion and try to do a good deed for someone every day at least. Today, my good deed is asking some friends to go out to dinner with me to cheer them up. They've been having a difficult time in their life and I just want them to be able to let it go for a bit before they return to their worldly responsibilities.

    adamcrossleyShoshinlobster
  • @ajhayes said:
    In short, I'm very confused and I don't think it's the worst thing in the world.

    It ain't.
    Bewilderment is a station or stage in the sufi dharma.

    @ajhayes said:
    I have the feeling that I should pick a tradition, but, I can't stop the thought that just "general Buddhism" is acceptable.

    Sounds good to me. 😎
    'I don't know mine-d' 🥣

    @Gui said:
    @Lobster, that is one of the coolest videos I have ever seen. Many thanks.

    Where do the cool kid dharmaists hang? ;) 🤓 🦞

    ajhayes
  • I practice what is commonly called Nichiren Buddhism through SGI, a purely ley organization. Our practice is based upon the Lotus Sutra. We recite portions of the Second and Sixteenth chapters of the Lotus Sutra and chant the invocation "Nam myoho renge kyo" in the morning and evening daily. We do not have nor do we follow a priesthood.

    Peace to all.

    Shoshin
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