September 15, 2004


Some joyfulness:

The next article by Tulku Thondup seems to be about suffering, but suffering is what stops joy. When you get to the part on the nature of mind, its pure joy. I hope you also see the very common teaching of the Theraveda, Mahayana and Vajrayana levels of learning.

Job 38:7
while the morning stars sang together and all the angels [ 38:7 Hebrew [ the sons of God ] ] shouted for joy?

New Testament Joy search is amazing...hope you enjoy from New International Version (NIV)

Matthew 2:10
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
(Whole Chapter: Matthew 2 In context: Matthew 2:9-11)

Matthew 13:20
The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
(Whole Chapter: Matthew 13 In context: Matthew 13:19-21)

Matthew 13:44
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
(Whole Chapter: Matthew 13 In context: Matthew 13:43-45)

Matthew 28:8
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
(Whole Chapter: Matthew 28 In context: Matthew 28:7-9)

Mark 4:16
Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.
(Whole Chapter: Mark 4 In context: Mark 4:15-17)

Luke 1:14
He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,
(Whole Chapter: Luke 1 In context: Luke 1:13-15)

Luke 1:44
As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
(Whole Chapter: Luke 1 In context: Luke 1:43-45)

Luke 1:58
Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
(Whole Chapter: Luke 1 In context: Luke 1:57-59)

Luke 2:10
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
(Whole Chapter: Luke 2 In context: Luke 2:9-11)

Luke 6:23
"Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
(Whole Chapter: Luke 6 In context: Luke 6:22-24)

Luke 8:13
Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.
(Whole Chapter: Luke 8 In context: Luke 8:12-14)

Luke 10:17
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
(Whole Chapter: Luke 10 In context: Luke 10:16-18)

Luke 10:21
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
(Whole Chapter: Luke 10 In context: Luke 10:20-22)

Luke 15:5
And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders
(Whole Chapter: Luke 15 In context: Luke 15:4-6)

Luke 19:37
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
(Whole Chapter: Luke 19 In context: Luke 19:36-38)

Luke 24:41
And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"
(Whole Chapter: Luke 24 In context: Luke 24:40-42)

Luke 24:52
Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
(Whole Chapter: Luke 24 In context: Luke 24:51-53)

John 3:29
The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.
(Whole Chapter: John 3 In context: John 3:28-30)

John 5:35
John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.
(Whole Chapter: John 5 In context: John 5:34-36)

John 15:11
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
(Whole Chapter: John 15 In context: John 15:10-12)

John 16:17
Some of his disciples said to one another, "What does he mean by saying, 'In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,' and 'Because I am going to the Father'?"
(Whole Chapter: John 16 In context: John 16:16-18)

John 16:20
I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
(Whole Chapter: John 16 In context: John 16:19-21)

John 16:21
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
(Whole Chapter: John 16 In context: John 16:20-22)

John 16:22
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
(Whole Chapter: John 16 In context: John 16:21-23)

John 16:24
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
(Whole Chapter: John 16 In context: John 16:23-25)

September 12, 2004

Gabrielle's Practice

I just wanted to share a little something with you - I have been meditating on love flowing within and without. It almost feels like the energy of dissolving. Then when I connect to the Higher Self, it's like boom boom - there's much more energy. So my question is this - is the higher self, the Buddha nature and the stillness between the opposites all one and the same?

Please share your thoughts.



September 3, 2004

Rules in The Lotus

In general, we or any group of modern practitioners of the Awakening to the Mystery In What Is need to discuss and agree on some of the stabilizing rules for such an undertaking. We will also need to bring this to each serious student so they too can use it for their own preparation and stabilization in the non-process/process.

Some Rules that need attention include:

The Three-Part Dedication.
Dedication (samaya) means that if somebody is breaking the confidence of the highest good, sealed by the three commitments, they then need to make the corrections to the error or will need to remove their karmic weight so it doesn’t remain a hindrance in the group motility. The Lotus Organization and every field-related school require these commitments (the samaya of nature, manifesting wisdom mandala, and of the compassion of universal interconnectedness), which can and should be studied and understood more and more deeply through instructional pointing-out and ongoing proper practice. If commitments are breached or practices off kilter or empowerments are interpreted conceptually, then these problems must be fixed or the student will have to break with the group for the best outcome under the circumstances.

The Attitude.
The general attitude of working with other practitioners of the Way of Enlightenment is one of of a sense of unity (with everything), integrity, mutual respect (particularly for those daring to be in the mystery) and support (particularly for those). Any less is considered a problem.

The Aspiration.
The most important quality for movement on any true spiritual path is aspiration. There is concern when it is lacking, confidence when it is not.

The Need to Show Growth.
Since we are lost and have discovered the map back home, each human properly following the map of rediscovering their magic will show growth. This is observable by the instructor both through intuition, energy work testing and verbal testing and their inter working with the group. This is not saying anything about the difficulty of the path and the ability of the students or benefactors which is necessary in order to decode and use the map and travel to one’s destination. But look: this is not a perfect endeavor, the more you expect, the more trouble. There are layers of briars and wild animals that the student must pass through. Major and minor obstacles. But its all doable, or Jesus, Buddha and Lao Tsu are nothing but liars. But well done is still must be.

It is not unusual that people needily think they want to join something. We are not such a society for that person. Your natural awakening is a living and awake work. It resides naturally in consort with others and a constant correction of interaction. Those who are not equipped to go just yet. That is the way it is, it’s a discussion for another time. Joining the “Mandala of the Lotus” is esoteric integration of a combination of knowledge and being, not a bunch of genuflecting, reciting, rote learning or a pleasant teacher-student non-relationship. For this reason, we need to pay particular attention to newer students and pay attention to the core motivations which must be a love for bliss-openness honest integrity (bodhichitta), the desire to benefit self and others beyond ordinary beliefs in temporary dense or eternal light phenomena building more and more into the actual warmth of healing.

I’ve always wondered why
People are infatuated with objects and activity
While ignoring their cloud of perception?
Perhaps their mind seems subtle,
Beside the point.

So please march on.
I don’t want to bother you,
Because it’s going to hurt
Looking into your mind
And not knowing the first thing to do;
A beginner in a vast, limitless land.

(But if you have what it takes
I’m so glad for you.
You’ll get what you need,
With the power to succeed.)
olde dog

September 2, 2004

Praking or Slacking? by C.

Now that Sol has become temporarily "unavailable," different aspects of my
mind have been surfacing. Some, thinking that they are now "left to their
own devices," are ready to run wild and do their own thing. Others are
freaked out and worried about screwing up.

Sol once said that not teaching could be a way of teaching. Perhaps this is
a good test to see what we will do without the seemingness of somebody
looking over our shoulder. Will we slack off or use this time as an
opportunity to practice even harder?

Please keep in mind that we all need to contribute to the forum, even if Sol
is not using his email at this time. So please do check your email regularly
and respond to the group with questions, thoughts, etc.


September 1, 2004

DogZen: Part One, The Epic Story of You

It's too simple to understand. It's right in your face so you can't see it.

Everything posted is in an order; it's meaningful, it's personal. Every post is interrelated. If you can't see the connection, try harder and reread it all. Honest seeking makes for some real finding. Sincere questions and comments are welcome by writing to contact@thelotus DOT ORG. Good questions may be posted on the main post for all to consider.

Please use this resource to benefit yourself, and ultimately, others, as you have wanted all along. Batten down the hatches! You can conquer your own illusions, so gird your loins; sleepers, awake!