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The Buddha Walks Into A Bar

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Part One: First Get Your Act Together - "The Buddhist Dharma, or teaching, is not meant to be looked at as some obscure dome that need to be dissected and analyzed. It is meant to be lived." - There are four dignities of Shambhala (Tiger, Snow Lion, Garuda, Dragon), which align with the Three Yanas of traditional Tibetan Buddhism (Hīnayāna, Mahāyāna, Vajrayāna) 1. Your Life Is A Playground:

- Meditation is learning to be present and appreciate the world around us
- Move away from viewing the world as a battlefield, but as a fertile ground to practice being openhearted and awake.
- It is not our world that is necessarily the problem, it is our view.

- Enlightenment is merely things are they are before we color them in with our hopes & fears.
- Cycle of suffering (known as Samsara) is fueled by our hopes and fears;
It is the fact that we long for what we don't have that makes us unhappy.

- This is why we turn to meditation - it is powerful self-reflection. By meditating we expand our mind and our heart. Meditation and The Three Stages - There is said to be three stages that we face when we being to meditate: 1. "Where did all these thoughts come from?"

- When we first sit down with our thoughts, we are overwhelmed with our thoughts, for it may be the first time we have focused on them.
- When thoughts come up, we should acknowledge them, but return your attention to your breath. "Meditation is a path of self discovery" 2. "This thing actually helps me a little!"

- We begin to see the effects of meditation - our mind has become more spacious and we begin to access the expansiveness in our mind and our daily life.
- we are with just ourselves and our experience

2. "Meditation is like Crack!"

- We find that with regular meditation, our mind is more spacious and we are making our mind more available
- Session by session we being to build up the mental felxibility and openess that makes our mind hearty and strong
- By doing so we need to love ourselves, and view life as a rich oppertunity "The less we buy into our set vision of how things should be, the more we can be available to things as they are" Laugh At The Display Of Your Mind - Learning about Shamantha (Calm-Abiding)
- Know that your thoughts have always been there with you, you just never looked directly at it.
- When you first begin meditating, we want to avoid struggling with our thoughts. Admit that they are a part of who we are, and by accepting that, we gain power over ourselves.
- By using the principle of Shamantha, we can touch in, with the peaceful element behind all the madness; your own innate wisdom

This is called, cultivating your own basic goodness - we all have it; lets nurture it.

*P. 13 3rd Par*

Now that we have the basis of meditation, lets move to the four teachers, or the four dignities of shambhala Buddhism. They are the Tiger, the Snow Lion, the Garuda, and the Dragon. The Tiger (Hinayana) The Tigers path aligns with Hinayana, in that it focuses on ones own journey to enlightenment.

aka. "Getting Your Act Together"

The Tiger is about working with his immediate environment with mindfulness and thus waking up to his own life.

The Three Qualities:

Discernment:
- Taking time to observe the surroundings and then act based on knowledge - just like the Tiger.
" Look Before You Leap"
- By observing and reflecting on our daily activites we can discern what we want to cultivate and what we should remedy

Gentleness:
- The majesty of the tiger comes from the fact that while they are capable of slashing with their claws, more often than not, they choose not to.
"Being aggressive you can accomplish some things, bu with gentleness, you can accomplish all things"
- It is important to be gentle with yourself
- The heart of the tigers practice is that he is friendly with himself and kind with others.
- When we get angry or frustrated we must cultivate a gentle approach; with our self and with others.

Precision:
- The tiger is present and awake to his daily environment
- We must cultivate appreciation for right now - slowing down
- Through meditation, we learn to be present. Discerning Your Own Mandala Bodhisattva: The Open hearted Warrior/Open minded Warrior Someone who is willing to engage and confront their habitual way of relating to the world.
"Working on your own mind to benefit others"
- All activities should be done with one intention. That intention is a willingness to be kind to our self, and thus influence the world around us ina positive way.
- What is the motivation behind your actions

Hamlet ones said " There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so"

- Its time to create your own mandala - with your chief motivation at the center
- Having a core motivation you believe in breeds a sense of ease and skill around working with others.
- You let your motivation shine, and other people are attracted to your passion and commitment.

"What makes our life spiritual or worldly is not our vocation, but our view"

- It is your view in making a decision that is important - With right view and right intention, we can use our existing daily routine as a framework to live a spiritually fufilling life. Incredible Hulk Syndrome - Emotions like all thoughts are not considered good or bad for our meditation practice. They are merely an energetic display of our mind. They are thoughts with a lot of energy behind them.
- Strong emotions are not the enemy, they are equally fluid and open experiences.
- Feel your strong emotions, but don't get fixated on them.
- Kleshas: Afflictive Emotions
- Resting gently with our emotional state is the middle way between acting on them and ignoring them.
- Continuing to stay with out emotions is how we learn to see them as reflections of the mind. Renunciation:
We cause harm when we let our emotions lead us.
Renunciation of emotions control over us. This Moment Is The Occasion! Being present with eery detail of our life

We can mindfully do any of our routine activities - when we tune into our life, we might be surprised by how much contentment we feel. We need to relax our assumptions and expectations - Treating our world as scared os one way we relax. PART II: How To Save The World A Society Based On An Opened Heart Creating an enlightened society

- We cannot base te change we want to see in speed and aggression, but rather on compassionate wisdom.
- Make our day about benefiting others
- Mahayana (Greater vehicle): Others' Happiness

Learning to understand eachother - they are just like us!
- The "Just Like Me!" Approach - cultivated common ground and compassion

Developing compassion for another person in this way is not a patronizing activity "It is the realization that we are not better than anybody else. Actually we are all the same, Because we all want the same thing...

JOY Developing BODHICHITTA Bodhichitta: The heart that years to connect with the world and to help others "awake heart"
Bodhichitta is our capacity to love and be loved!

Remain open in the face of agression -
simple acts of being present and compassionate brings us happiness. We find joy in being openhearted.

In order to create change in the world, first create change within!
Allow your vulnerable heart to change the world. The Snow Lion The snow lion is not plauged by being dragged around by her emotions, and as a result she remains vibrant, energetic and youthful.

Doubting our Inherent goodness

Forms of Doubt:
Anxiety, Jealousy, Forgetfulness, Arrogance, Slandering, No synchronization of the mind & body.

Doubt & Romantic Relationships:

- We tend to loathe ourselves to a certain extent, and not trust in the simple things like the fact that we deserve to be loved and respected

The path of the snow lion is catching yourself beforeyouf all into the trap of doubt.
The snow lion has great confidence in herself
You are worthy of being loved

Tools of the Snow Lion:
- Compassion
- Discipline of Virtue
- The Six Paramitas Falling & Staying in Love and Beyond We should see our partner as a principle object of our compassion

We need to fully offer those closest to us our noble heart

Fixed expectations that we have for each other drag us down, causing doubt and anxiety.

We stray from unconditional open heartedness and thus turn away from our Bodhichitta

Loosen up your expectations and reconnect with your gentle curiosity we all have for each other

The problem is not that the right situations don't arise. But we always have a certain expectation, we have hopes and fears, and that leads to disappointment.

Remain willing to keep an open mind - through keeping an opened mind and heart, you may find true happiness where you least expect it Discipline Discipline can be a direct source of happiness.

When we apply discipline to our own meditation practice, we are left with a positive feeling

Discipline that is rooted in virtue - does it bear a feeling of gentleness?

It is not compassionate activity to wield a set of standards as a weapon against others. If so, you end up thinking less of people because you have developed a set of morals that others dont adhere to. Riding The Wind Horse "Energy Horse" - Just like the wind horse we can ride the energies of our life, staying with the magic that surrounds us every moment.

The principle of the wind horse is that we have an unceasing energy within us that we tap into throughout our day.

Through applying virtue we experience the wind horse.

Ride the natural energy of our life Riding The Waves Of Your Life PART III: Letting Go Into Space The Outrageous Garuda The Garuda accepts whatever comes up in his life and rolls with whatever winds comes his way. He Addresses situations with clear perception, having removed his "me" tinged glasses. He is no longer overwhelmed by hope and fear, or passion, agression and ignorance.

We need to relax our concepts about who we think we are and what the world should be like. As well as how we think we ought to be treated.

The fluid and impermanent part of our lives.

Like the Garuda we can rejoice in the simple truths of our reality and from there experience equanimity.

The Garuda is born in space. He never touches the ground, as he always flies above his world. Having a vantage point.

He offers himself to all beings. Because he cannot distinguish the beings on earth, he is compassionate to all.

Hope is just the inversion of fear.

*124-125 - Garuda and Fear*

We can see the ephemeral and impermanence of fear, and ultimately rest in its presence.
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