If you are straining to listen for something, it requires silence. Your mind isn’t wandering, it is focused. Yet it isn’t thinking; it’s attentively waiting.
When we actively practice receptivity, we listen with the entire body and mind. No expectations are helpful; they are forgotten. Instead there is openness, like seeing a puzzle for the first time. This functions optimally in the setting of relaxation rather than tension or strain.
In doing so, we create room for the possibility of life-shifting changes that may occur in an instant.
A number of techniques engage such receptivity:
Prayer. We sometimes use words to get into the mood of prayer but its essence is opening our smallness to the vastness.
Inspiration. The eyes of the inspired see old things in fresh, entirely new ways. Revelation comes through the field of perception, not from the reshuffling of old perceptions.
Energy perception. If you would like to sense what is meant by energy, energy centers, auras, and the like, it requires finely developed receptivity. It is a subtle art and if you are not receptive, you will not be able to see beyond the clouds of your own energies.
Relaxation. The secret to relaxation is reception.
Healing. In practices such as reiki, you do not use your own energy to heal others. You tune your energy field to a universal frequency and that energy comes through you. This is also only possible with the openness of receptivity.
Love. There is the small love that is your own personality’s desires, preferences, and aversions aligning such that devoted pleasure arises around a particular object, person, or circumstance. Then there is the profound love that has no cause and no prerequisites. It pours forth from the heart that is awake and opened.
Receptivity is a fundamental technique that endlessly subverts the ego. It will always take you beyond your fixed limitations and your self-centeredness.
Rubin Museum of Art wrote :
Pride. Anger. Attachment. Envy. Ignorance. Buddhists believe that all of these difficult emotions can be transformed into something useful, called “wisdoms.” Mandalas illustrate these “wisdoms” with distinct colors in the different quadrants that make up the circle.
This graphic shows the color, wisdom, and direction of each quadrant in the Vairochana mandala, the inspiration for our Mandala Lab.
If you could pick one color to represent you, what would it be?
Mandala Lab, opening Oct. 1, is inspired by this idea, offering you interactive ways to transform your own difficult emotions. We can’t wait for you to see it!
_______ Sarvavid Vairochana Mandala; Tibet; 17th century; ground mineral pigment on cotton; Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin
Shozenji, A Japanese LGBTQ Safe Temple Run By A Transgender Nun
Matcha reports on Soshuku Shibatani, the transgender head nun of the Shozenji Temple in Moriguchi City, Osaka. It is Japan’s first temple built as a refuge for the LGBTQ community.
Soshuku Shibatani, a 65-year-old openly transgender Buddhist nun, was assigned male at birth:
She began to identify as a female in elementary school but never dared to express her gender identity at the time. As a university student, she met people similar to her and briefly lived at ease among like-minded peers. However, upon entering the workforce, she had to hide her true self once more...
According to Ms. Shibatani, "Buddha saw beyond the differences of gender."
There is no need to hide your true self. Ms. Shibatani gradually became interested in Buddhist teachings and enrolled in community courses at the Graduate School of Koyasan University. She later resigned from her company, joined the priesthood, and went on to study Esoteric Buddhism.
Ms. Shibatani stated, "Shozenji is not exclusively for the LGBTQ community, but rather a temple for everyone."
“The Kannon Bodhisattva has no gender identity,” Soshuku Shibatani says. A statue of Kannon, the Buddhist deity of mercy, is enshrined in the temple. Others see Kannon or Guan Yin as a female incarnation of the Buddha.
not so friendly reminder with diwali coming up that the swastika (swuhs-theek-ahh) is of vedic origin, and it's a symbol of well-being, auspiciousness, and prosperity in hinduism, jainism, and buddhism. it's still common in nepal, mongolia, china, japan, and, most famously, india.
it's been around since 500 BC, and germany appropriated it, making it a symbol of hate.
the symbol on the right? THIS is not offensive. it's stolen culture. please be fully informed before you make any accusations this upcoming holiday season.
There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it. You recognise it, you smile to it, and you invite something nicer to come up and replace it, you read some inspiring words, you listen to a piece of beautiful music, you go somewhere in nature, or you do some walking meditation.