Thank You.

Fa Jian wrote: 
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> daniel sherwood 
>  Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007
> 19:30 
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>  Subject: RE: [Zen] Help for those
> on their own 
>    
>  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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