Jody,   You are right.  The whole is the universal consciousness.  All 
practices leads to "sync" us with the whole.  While someone like Edgar, 
may analysis, theorize, understand, so called consciousness (just a 
label), or chanting or breathing (just a dharma), surrender all minds, 
big or small, rational or otherwise, is the quickest way to be synced 
with "whole".   Every which other way could be a detour or incomplete.   JM

Jody W. Ianuzzi wrote:
> Hello Bill,
> As much as I appreciate the Soto Zen methods of meditation, I am also
> curious about the Tibetan methods of focusing on an image of 
> compassion and
> moving towards it. I will use both methods at different times.
> The chant I use is OM MANI PADME HUM. I found that when I learned it's
> meaning I appreciated it more. I think that using this chant is like
> counting breaths, it keeps your mind from jumping around.
> As I first discovered Buddhism I thought I had to pick which was best, 
> now I
> feel that Buddhism is Buddhism and all the ways are the same. It's all 
> part
> of the whole.
> I just appreciate learning something new every day.


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