Shamatha Yoga

Three years ago I completed three levels of Shambhala training levels 1-3: The Art of Being Human, Birth of a Warrior and Warrior in the World. There was no fighting but extensive meditating. I learned how to quiet my mind. I also enjoyed Shamatha yoga that you can do anywhere and it only takes several minutes. Shamatha yoga is a simple series of nine yoga postures developed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche during his retreat in India in Januray of 2002. They are designed to develop mindfulness as well as loosen the body during breaks from formal sitting meditation. Earth. Hands [...]

Philosophy Works (Class Four)

The Power of attention. What you give your attention to grows. All actions are driven by desire. How many different action have you engaged in today? How much rest have you had? In the space between actions we can come to rest, wake up and come into the present. We can be free of desire for a while. It doesn’t have to be intense or prolonged – bring your body into view and connect with the breath or one of the senses. In the state of waking consciousness, the process of waking up, there are only two useful states of [...]

Philosophy Works (Class Three)

Waking Up to New Knowledge “All people, while they are awake are in one common world; but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own”. Plutarch. Class Notes: “Level of Awareness: Among previously mentioned Higher Consciousness, Fully Awake, Waking sleep, Dream, Deep Sleep – also Waking Consciousness/waking up. Waking sleep is when we are engaged in the various activities of life without really being present. Body present, mind absent. It is a kind of auto-pilot. In waking sleep are we of much use to ourselves? To others? How much of the day do we [...]

Philosophy Works (Class Two)

It was another beautiful Saturday morning. The location of this class is in the scenic Back Bay neighborhood on Marlborough street, the room is on the second floor overlooking small alley and is full of morning light scattered around the bookshelves covering the walls. Class Notes: Philosophy is designed to raise awareness, to wake up, to enable us to be present and see things as they are and bring us closer to our true selves. Philosophy is the supreme means of self-discovery One of the hallmarks of the wise is that their lives are governed by principle Consider how our [...]