I take it the virtual temple is open to all members of the group?

Fa Jian wrote: 
>  The aim behind a Virtual Temple 
> approach is to encourage the participant to meditate every day a little bit.
> Most of us learning how to meditate are enthusiastic and want to master it
> quickly. We assemble books and literature, then jump into it from a rational
> concept instead of the actual experience. This focus resembles someone who has
> never eaten an apple, yet knows a lot about its description. Such reasoning
> will eventually lead to frustration, avoidance and confusion. 
>  The Virtual Temple 
> is designed for you to succeed. Spend a little time every day in meditation.
> After some basic in-person training you can meditate on your own with the help
> of some long-distance guidance by a master or experienced meditation leader. 
>  Do not overdo. Let the process be in
> the moment. There is really no set limit, although a particular period of time
> in daily meditation is recommended. If you can manage for 25 or 30 minutes at 
> a
> time keep doing it. If you have been meditating for ten minutes and need a
> break, stop and continue later or tomorrow.  
>  What is important is to meditate
> often. As soon as you find your mind wandering, concentrate on your breathing.
> Counting your breath helps, but is not a permanent solution to obtain
> concentration. As thoughts arise, let them go. Thoughts are temporary,
> transient elements of you consciousness. The clearer your mind becomes the
> better you can meditate and the more you will stay clear-minded in all you do.
> Ultimately, you will see things the way they really are, not how you or others
> interpret them. Events in themselves do not cause stress, but what you make of
> them will affect you. A calm and clear mind is less troubled by adversity than
> a cluttered one.  
>  Clarity of mind has to do
> with letting go of concepts or attachments that harm us and subsequently cause
> dependency and suffering.  
>  We start out with
> concentrated and disciplined mediation on the cushion, Zen style or other. It
> will help us to concentrate fully on one activity. In our daily life we become
> one with everything we do. It is now a kind of meditation in itself. We do
> everything fully concentrated. That all is you in that moment, during that
> time! That is all there is. – Once you’re finished with one thing
> and move on to the next activity you had planned, again it is you becoming one
> with it at that moment. From moment to moment in our daily life we experience
> reality, we become connected. We fully live. We are enlightened. We are free. 
>  Lotus Meditation Center 
>  Virtual
>  Temple  
>  E-Sangha
> Community 
>  www.lotus-meditatio n-center. org 
>  Seward , Nebraska 
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