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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Principle of Oneness - May You Be Filled with Loving Kindness

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A Lama is a Spiritual teacher in the Buddhist tradition.  A group of travelers from the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa, met a Lama in Bhutan.  He initiated us into the chant Aum Mani Padme Hum.  This chant is said, by some, to activate the spiritual qualities of generosity, ethics, patience, diligence, focus, and wisdom.

To see the video fo this practice, click here.

The way it worked is we sat with the Lama is that he first gave us spiritual instruction, and then prayers, to set us going in the correct direction.

In his lesson, the llama emphasized the importance of focusing our loving-kindness intentions outwards.  In other words, he instructed us not to focus so much on ourselves, but instead, when we start our practice, to start with all sentient beings, imagining them healthy, happy, and free.

Next, we were instructed to turn our loving-kindness intentions to our mothers, fathers, teachers, and loved ones.  And the, most importantly, the Lama said, to turn our loving-kindness intention on those we still have trouble with.  The way the Lama said it was "on those you still hate."

He said that our focus on others would generate good-will and blessings, that through our oneness-connection would eventually bless us individually anyway. So, he taught, we don't have to be very concerned with our own needs.  He advised us to offer our energy and practice for the ending of suffering for all beings and to take a few minutes every day for their benefit.

He said that focusing on love and compassion for others is important because when a sentient being has love and compassion, they won't need anything else.

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