When presented with “The Pāramitā Challenge” I accepted and here we are. In addition to the Pāramitās or Perfections, so far, the challenge also includes precepts and the 52 Stages of the Bodhisattva Path and Bodhisattva vows.
So far, instructions are to journal contemplations resulting from observed intentions, opportunities, and actions to be generous, moral and ethical while arousing faith in the Triple Gem then seeing where/when confident and where/when in doubt.
I’ve not taken Bodhisattva vows, and so with little instruction in Mahāyāna Buddhism, apart from maybe a smidgen of the zen stuff, there’s the benefit of beginner’s mind is a nice way to put it. I shoot from the hip with a lot in this recording and will often use a Theravada lens and a lot of inquiry as I ponder out loud. It may come off at times as criticism and sometimes it may actually be, but these are mostly solo efforts at summonings what is really meant by the material.
After someone in my local crystal and mineral community mentioned what’s called the 38th parallel structures, in late March 2019, I visited Crooked Creek Conservation area, the only one of the sites I know of immediately accessible to the public without requiring permission. Found it odd that a seemingly steady line of dump trucks wereContinue reading “38th Parallel Structures”
Intent How and why does intent work? Is retro-causal intention setting possible. If so, is doing so wise and skillful? Can intention be amplified and/or intensified? Is ignorance the same as unawareness? Do either ignorance or unawareness relate to amount or quality of consciousness? If there is no existence on an ultimate level, what changesContinue reading “Dharma Questions: Intent”
Integrating Presence today looks like allowing for the process of embodying heart-centered awareness — balancing holistic wisdom with the love flavors of unimpeded friendliness; compassion; vicarious joy; and equanimity — leading naturally to true freedom while unfolding our innate courage as we align into wholeness upon our continuing progressive evolution into completing our full potentialsContinue reading “What is Integrating Presence?”