The Open Dimension

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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Maha Sudarshana Yantra

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Tibetan Mastiff



Lord Gampopa said that the nature of thoughts is Dharmakaya ( Emptiness ) : 

Thoughts and Dharmakaya are inseparable. We have this dualistic approach of seeing Dharmakaya as pure and thoughts as impure, but we need to understand the inseparability of thoughts and Dharmakaya.

Every moment that we have thought, every moment that thought arises, we have the opportunity to recognize the nature of thought as Emptiness or Dharmakaya, whatever you want to call it. Thought and the Emptiness of its nature are inseparable. We can’t make them separate; there’s no separation. Because thought itself is Emptiness that means actually in everyday life we have lots of opportunity to recognize and realize the nature of thought, or nature of Emptiness, or Dharmakaya. But we just follow the appearances, the illusions – we don’t look deeper.
( So then , how can thoughts possibly be obstacles to meditation ? )