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« on: February 01, 2018, 10:44:34 am »
Sādhana (Sanskrit साधन; Tibetan: སྒྲུབ་ཐབས་, THL: druptap; Chinese: 修行), literally "a means of accomplishing something",[1] is a generic term coming from the yogic tradition and it refers to any spiritual exercise that is aimed at progressing the sādhaka towards the very ultimate expression of his or her life in this reality.[2] It includes a variety of disciplines in Hindu,[3] Buddhist,[4] Jain[5] and Sikh traditions that are followed in order to achieve various spiritual or ritual objectives.

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Sadhana.  I had a great Sadhana the other day.  I convinced a relic of a man, an old timer, nothing evil meant, to read some words and pictures in the Graphic Novel I am always on about, BUDDHA  An Enlightened Life.  My book was my means to my end:  to get him to the Dharma.  About time.

I didn't seal the deal, though, with eye contact and an affirmation, like I was taught in Salesman School.  I could have, easily, and I knew I should have.  But now, guess what.  I have a more complete lesson to teach You.

It wasn't the kind of Sadhana that is an exercise aimed at progressing me.  But the word came to my mind quite strongly.  It IS a Sadhana according to the literal definition of a means of accomplishing something.  The book itself and persuading people to read the book in various ways, are a means of furthering people's spiritual growth and evolving me into a better teacher.

Maitreya, and Blessed Be!!
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Re: Sadhanas and things
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2018, 08:34:07 am »
"Sadhana" research online seemed to only lead to commercial sites.

Your wiki link showed only an invalid topic page.
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 12:44:44 pm »
I had a terrible time getting the provided link to work but if you are curious as to what was posted, the following link should send you to the article. The characters in the word "Sādhanā " do not seem to be supported by internet browsing language, and any attempt to use the word in the link fails to provide a link because it is invalid.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C4%81dhan%C4%81

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 04:58:23 pm »
Hi guys.  Sorry about the link not working.  I can explain, but right now I'm just like, get the communication flowing, get the chi moving, get the stuff started, about coming back and fixing everything.  This will be amended, this message, it's not the finished thing.  Today is going to end up being productive and good.  I just had a not-much-sleep day, saw that my message was only a not=working link instead of the example of sadhana i had posted, and I'm not remembering my pass code for my gmail, and I'm just getting the communication flowing, and it's alright, and it's as it should be, I'm sort of freed of the lethargy oh crap there it goes again oh crap something just hit me, a feeling I did something wrong.  What the heck IS that?????  Oh well.  There IS a really great exhample of a Sadhana, and there is a big long file I posted I was worried would be too big, and that's gone, and it's all for the best, see, it's really an example of co-operation, and it's all for the best, and the superbowl is on, and ain't it keen, Eagles and Patriots, no matter who wins, we'll be flying the Grand Old Flag.

Wow the thing is beautiful in a raw kind of way, from the Hi to the Grand Old Flag.  Do we keep it as a memorial to the moments?  How about the expletives?  Must we delete them?  Disguise them?  They're so colorful in there.  Man, it's nice to look back at moments when you were having a hard time later, to see how you got through them.

You know what happened?  It wasn't a security breach after all.  It was just a matter of most of my file not showing up.  It was for the best.  Maybe there was some sort of consciousness involved somehow, in that consciousness imbues the kind of matter we see, um, um, what's the language I need, um, the consciousness of programmers and ais and synchronistic occurences of automatic editing too.  Do you follow?  It's okay if you don't.  I know what I mean.

Anyway ..... <--- As Ellen likes to say.

I'm happy now.  I'm happy again.

Logical to say to you, if you see anything amiss in my files, I mean, um, my output here, um, um, what's the language I'm looking for, um ...

um ... don't be put out by my output.  I seldom get full complete sleep cycles like we all should.  Fragments of sleep, fitful sleep, with sore musculature, and I'm glad for the excuse.  I'm glad for the excuse.  You see me put out any cr** in public, you feel free to edit it, conscious people.  I mean, some people can, and I'm not saying go out of your way to do things, but I'm saying, if I leave in a lot of smelly stuff, feel free to just get it erased.  I Usually make a copy.  Usually.

I guess the Buddha had his share of fragmented sleep himself, wanting to sleep outside much or most of the time.  He had techniques at his disposal to allay a lot of the pain, most likely, but everyone falls prey to sleep dep at some point.  The six years he spent doing ordeals with the ascetics got him used to sleep loss, I'm sure.

It's kind of fun, sleep dep, if you don't go all overboard.  You see pretty colors in the dim light.  I see fabrics, textiles, hanging.  Pretty weaves, brocades, tweeds.  It's fun.  Other than that, sometimes people shapes, in the clothes in a closet or clothes line.  Other than that, I don't visually hallucinate unless I am on medicinals.  At least I know it's there for me if I want it.

I am curious to know other people's experiences with sleep dep, here or elsewhere.

Happy now.  Happy now.  Relaxed, at ease, very spontaneously joyous, not holding on to any problems, about to bring out my Meditation Cup and stare at the wiggly lines and colors.  Love and Serenity to All.  Khira.
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 05:25:17 pm »
Here's part of what I had in the message before, and I read the rest, and it's really good that it's gone.  Here we are:

Sadhana.  I had a great Sadhana today.  I convinced a relic of a man, an old timer, nothing evil meant, to read some words and pictures in the Graphic Novel I am always on about, BUDDHA  An Enlightened Life.  My book was my means to my end:  to get him to the Dharma.  About time.

I didn't seal the deal, though, with eye contact and an affirmation, like I was taught in Salesman School.  I could have, easily, and I knew I should have.  But now, guess what.  I have a more complete lesson to teach You.

Maitreya, and Blessed Be!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 07:38:02 am »
Mmmm, Maitreya Buddha, Mindful of Macintosh, in San Jose.
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2018, 11:21:39 am »
Mmmm, Maitreya Buddha, Mindful of Macintosh, in San Jose.


Take great care with anyone claiming that they are Maitreya Buddha. 

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Maitreya will be the fifth and future Buddha of the bhadrakalpa, and his arrival will occur after the teachings of Gautama Buddha are no longer practiced.

The coming of Maitreya will be characterized by a number of physical events. The oceans are predicted to decrease in size, allowing Maitreya to traverse them freely. Maitreya will then reintroduce true dharma to the world.

His arrival will signify the end of the middle time, the time between the fourth Buddha, Gautama Buddha, and the fifth Buddha, Maitreya, which is viewed as a low point of human existence. According to the Cakkavatti Sutta: The Wheel-turning Emperor, Digha Nikaya 26 of the Sutta Pitaka of the Pāli Canon), Maitreya Buddha will be born in a time when humans will live to an age of eighty thousand years, in the city of Ketumatī (present Varanasi), whose king will be the Cakkavattī Sankha. Sankha will live in the palace where once dwelt King Mahāpanadā, but later he will give the palace away and will himself become a follower of Maitreya Buddha.


I found a few people claiming to be Maitreya  Buddha in California when I looked. One of them claimed to be both Maitreya Buddha and simultaneously the second coming of the Abrahamic Jesus Christ (the sight sold several treatments and items for money).

Serenity Seeker, there are many wonderful books and teachings available, and perhaps this prophecy is true, perhaps it is apocryphal I do not know, but it comes from scripture which describes events which have not yet come to pass in a time that has not yet come.  I am suspicious of people who claim special titles, some perhaps deserve acceptance, but there is a history of those who use these things to lie to others as well, it takes great care to sort them out and faith can fit into many vessels but should only be held by some. 

The teaching of Gautama Buddha are beyond normal wisdom and very sufficient for a lifetime of study and understanding I think. 

This link has free books, crosswrd puzzles, textbooks and coloring books if you like, as well as primary and secondary educational materials.

http://www.buddhanet.net/ftp09.htm

This one has guided media and details core understandings in a beautiful way, any of them that say "start movie are really nice

http://www.buddhanet.net/multimedia.htm

I especially like this one:

http://www.buddhanet.net/flash/toc/index.html

If you would like more media links I will be happy to find more of this nature to help, and if these are not that interesting, there is always more detailed stuff from several sites, but you have mentioned enjoying art along with words.



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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2018, 11:23:45 am »
Here's part of what I had in the message before, and I read the rest, and it's really good that it's gone.  Here we are:

Sadhana.  I had a great Sadhana today.  I convinced a relic of a man, an old timer, nothing evil meant, to read some words and pictures in the Graphic Novel I am always on about, BUDDHA  An Enlightened Life.  My book was my means to my end:  to get him to the Dharma.  About time.

I didn't seal the deal, though, with eye contact and an affirmation, like I was taught in Salesman School.  I could have, easily, and I knew I should have.  But now, guess what.  I have a more complete lesson to teach You.

Maitreya, and Blessed Be!!

Therre's something you should keep in mind.

While you can call whatever practice you're doing, whatever you want, and that's ok, sometimes your choice of terminology will cause confusion.  For example, in the world of Vajrayana a "Sadhana" is a specific type of ritualized practice.  There are liturgies, empowerments, calenders as so on to go along with it.  In addition these sadhanas are often resticted and as such, the practitioners, or "sadhakas", won't talk about it. 

So if you start talking about trying to convert an old man as some sort of "sadhana"  they are going to be confused and probably get a bit uncomfortable with what you're talking about.

 


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