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:
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
Space-Like Meditative Equipoise On Emptiness
Meditation On Death and Impermanence
Meditation On Everything Being Like A Dream
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.