Buddhism is not a religion such as Christianity or Islam, more like a set of psychological games designed to release you from your compulsions.
My wife loves me, but not as much as she should, he said. My children respect me but not as much as I deserve. My granaries are filled to the overflowing, but it will cost too much to build another in these tough economic times. On and on he went until at last he had exhausted himself and the Buddha with all of his litany of woes.
The Buddah sat listening patiently.
I’m sorry, but I cannot help you, said the Buddha.
How can that be, said the man, you are supposed to be the wisest man on Earth. Surely, you can solve my simple problems.
Perhaps, said the Buddha, We all have our 88 problems, but you have 89.
Nay, good sir, you are mistaken, said the man, I have but a normal amount of problems.
No, it is you who are mistaken, said the Buddha, you have 89 problems, and the 89th is that you want to have no problems.
No one is wise enough to solve that problem.
Well my modem/mobile phone decided to stop functioning yesterday, so, no blogging. Instead I read up on mantra and mudrā. This brought back some memories. In 2006 I travelled with three friends to Bushey just outside London, to the first Yungdrung BonPo temple in the UK. I was lucky enough to be given a transmission from Yungdrung Bon Po llama Khemsar Rinpoche
and have kept to this Tibetan mantra – “Du Tri Su,” prayer for the suffering world, ever since.
Today whilst reciting I felt my body resonate with the beautiful sounds and vibrate strongly, with energy emanating from anahata.
The mudrā is different from any taught in kriya, basically the hands are placed in a prayer steeple in front of the heart with the thumbs pressed into the heart meridian on either ring finger. This seems to create an energy triangulation, which, coupled with the buzzy Tibetan speech pattern of Du Tri Su, really resonates and vibrates the whole body. The visualisation taught to go with the mantra make this a very powerful healing tool.
“For Du Tri SU, the visualization is with Tonpa Shenrab, Peaceful Deity in the form of Sambhogakaya. Visualize yourself as Buddha and from your chest three lights emerge and imagine that they go to the Buddhas’ Pure Light and Wisdom; there are many, many Buddhas in front of you with Deities on the right and Dakinis on the left, with the lineage Masters of Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen in the centre, and the Protectors. Just visualize this. Pray to the Divinities and think that they purify the Three Disturbances – external, internal and secret.
The external disturbances are demons and enemies, something like this. Just pray to them (the Divinities) to protect you from enemies and demons.
The internal disturbances are negative emotions, negative thoughts. When we go to meditate, our mind is too busy and disturbs our meditation, so we can’t focus. Sometimes we have too much attachment to material things, sometimes anger – these are internal disturbances, so pray to the Buddhas to purify them.
The secret disturbance is Marigpa, Ignorance. If we have Ignorance, we can’t understand our Nature of Mind so we pray to the Gods and Buddhas and call them, ‘Please help, introduce me to the Nature of my mind, give me the power of Wisdom and purify my Ignorance’, something like this.
After that, imagine that we offer the Buddhas whatever we could which is of good and excellent quality. Then the Wisdom of the Divinities dissolves into us.
Afterwards, sound HUM-HUNG-HUNG… very loudly and for a long time and think that a dark blue, powerful HUNG is in your chest. Rays of lights spread from there and go to all sentient beings and purify their negativities, sadness, and illnesses. Imagine that they become as Light Gods and Goddesses. Then the rays come back to your HUNG. Wisdom Fire, Wisdom Water and Wisdom Wind come to you from the Deities and purify you and all sentient beings.”
From Yungdrung Bon website.
In general I feel my over all energy gradually increasing. I decided to stop the easy breath, as it takes so long to complete 8 rounds, I was finding it quite monotonous, and exchanged it for Ha-Sa, Ujjaya, which is more intense. I also reached 108 breaths of bhastrika which is the ideal amount. My head stand has gone from 1 min 20 sec to 1 min 45 sec, am aiming for 3 mins. I have noticed when performing the yoni mudrā that the level of intensity of the blackness inside my mind has increased slightly giving a more swirly lights visual which feels promising. Though that could simply be because of pressure applied to the eyeballs.