Yes, of course, from our side.

 
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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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