Satsang with Giten on Buddha: Bhumis – Ten Steps to Enlightenment

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Satsang with Giten on Buddha:

Bhumis – 10 Steps to Enlightenment

 

From satsang with Giten, February 4, 2016, in Stockholm 

 What are Bhumis? Buddha’s Way has ten Bhumis. Bhumi means ground, foundation or level of development.

 

The first Bhumi is attained when the meditator achieves his first insight into emptiness in meditation. With each of the ten Bhumis the meditator achieves deeper realization of emptiness in meditation.

 

Buddha has said that if you understand and practice these ten grounds, you will attain to the ultimate. The Bhumis are the Bodhisattva path to enlightenment. 

 

1. PRAMU-GITA: The first Bhumi – Joyousness

 

 The first Bhumi, the first ground, is joyousness.

 

Pramu-Gita means joyousness, delight, and celebration.

 

The first Bhumi is called Joyousness, because the meditator  also works at developing generosity, the first Paramita, the first of the ten provisions on the spiritual path. The ten Bhumis and the ten Paramitas are developed simultaneously.

 

People have thought that Buddha is a sad and pessimistic thinker, because he says that life is suffering, but he is not.

 

Buddha says: Unless you are joyous, you will never reach to truth.

 

Only joy can take you to truth.

 

Truth brings joy, truth brings happiness.

 

The first Bhumi means: to be joyous for no outer reason.

 

Ordinarily to be joyous has a reason, but if your joy has a cause, it will soon turn into unhappiness.

 

The first Bhumi is about joy without any cause, and then joy becomes your own source happiness, which nobody can take away.

 

Buddha says that the frist Bhumi is about the awareness, where you create joy and happiness for yourself. 

 

– Swami Dhyan Giten

Satsang with Giten on Buddha: Paramitas – The Ten Provisions for the Inner Journey

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Satsang with Giten on Buddha:

Paramitas – The Ten Provisions on the Inner Journey

From satsang with Giten on Buddha, February 4, 2016, in Stockholm

What are Paramitas? You will have to bring provisions for the inner journey, you have to carry provisions for the journey.

 

Buddha has called these provisions Paramitas.

 

The ten Paramitas are qualities, which will help you on the inner journey.

 

Paramita means that which can lead you beyond.

 

They have to be understood very deeply.

 

 

 

1. DANA: Generosity, sharing

  

The first Paramita is generosity, sharing.

 

Buddha says: Dana, generosity, sharing, has to be learned.

 

Learn to share as much as possible.

 

Share whatsoever you have to share.

 

Ordinarily the mind is a miser, the mind is not generous.

 

Miserliness is a close mind.

 

Miserliness is a separation from other people and from the world. It is a separation from life.

 

Generosity is to be open to the world. It is to be open to life.

 

Buddha says: The first Paramita of generosity, sharing, will help to lead you beyond.

 

Whether you share your love, your joy, your creativity, your experience, your meditation, your money, your house, your clothes or your body is not important. The important thing is the sharing.

 

 

 

The ordinary mind is hoarding. The mind have much involvement with your love, your body, your money and your house.

 

The mind clings to this shore of existence. All the hoarding of the mind belongs to this shore.

 

You cannot take anything with you from this shore, but you can learn to share. You can carry a generous and sharing mind. You cannot carry your money, but you can carry your love, your generosity and your compassion.

 

 

 

Buddha says: If you have love and compassion in your heart, existence will reflect you. Existence always reflects you. If you share, existence will share with you.

 

If you are miserly and hoarding, it means you are against existence, which is always sharing and celebrating.

 

The miserly and hoarding mind is afraid, it does not trust. It does not trust existence.

 

It trust things, it does not trust the whole, the infinite.

 

Buddha says: If you trust, then existence responds in the same way.

 

Existence is a mirror.

 

Buddha says: Be non-possessive; posses neither this shore nor the other shore of existence.

 

Be always sharing.

 

 

 

Buddha says: Shower your meditation. If you attain to meditative states, share it immediately.

 

A real meditative quality wants to be shared.

 

 If your meditation does not become compassion, then your meditation is not going right.

 

Buddha says: before death takes things away from you, share them.

 

People just want to have, but they do not want to give.

 

Buddha says: Learn give-think. Learn the ways of sharing and you will flower.

 

Then generosity will become your quality. It will become a quality of compassion on your path to truth, to enlightenment. 

 

– Swami Dhyan Giten

 

 

Hopkinton Middle School in Massachusetts, USA, quotes Giten on Acceptance in a curriculum designed to educate students about the acceptance of and respect for others in the community and in the world.

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Hopkinton Middle School in Massachusetts, USA, quotes Giten on Acceptance in The Power of WE, which is a curriculum designed and implemented by the Middle School Counseling Department.  The mission of the Hopkinton Publich Schools is to learn, create, and achive together.

New in 2015-16, its goal is to introduce students to a new theme each year which will challenge them to think about themselves and the world around them. This year’s  theme,ACCEPTANCE, strives to educate HMS students about the acceptance of and respect for others in our community and our world. 

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    The Power of WE: Make a positive (+) difference today! 
    The Power of WE is a curriculum designed and implemented by the Middle School Counseling Department. New in 2015-16, its goal is to introduce students to a new theme each year which will challenge them to think about themselves and the world around them. This year’s  theme,ACCEPTANCE, strives to educate HMS students about the acceptance of and respect for others in our community and our world. HMS students were introduced to this new theme by their grade level Counselor in September. 
     
    The Power of WE curriculum consists of three elements: weekly Google Slide presentations that include a 2-5 minute media clip followed by a take away lesson and weekly challenge; classroom lessons delivered by the School Counselors on a trimester basis; and school-wide events and activities. Following the theme of acceptance, this year’s curriculum is broken into three sub-themes that look at acceptance from a community level, a peer level and a self level. First semester focused on diversity (community level) – the acceptance and respect for people from other races, religions, abilities, etc. Now, currently in second trimester, our focus has moved towards peer acceptance as we discuss bullying and healthy friendships. Finally, during the third trimester, the curriculum will turn to the importance of self-acceptance. 
     
    The first trimester kick-off of Power of We was deemed a success by students, teachers and administration. Students report looking forward to the videos on Monday mornings as a great way to start their week, giving them something to think about as they go through their routines. Many teachers have taken the weekly themes and found ways to integrate them into already planned lessons, propelling students to find ways to meld the classroom with “real life.” Behavior changes are already being noticed across the school by students and staff, demonstrating that the program’s ideas are taking root.
     
    The Power of WE curriculum meets several standards required through the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework. Specifically, Standard 7.7 states that by the end of Grade 8 students will “Recognize the positive contribution of character traits (such as tolerance, honesty, self-discipline, respectfulness, and kindness) to relationships, the benefit of which include understanding and respecting individual differences, and the detrimental effect of prejudice (such as prejudice on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, or religion) on individual relationships and society as a whole.”
     
    We are very proud to have introduced this program this year and have already begun working on next year’s installment of the program. Weekly presentations can be found below. We encourage families to review these presentations with their children at home and have discussions about how the messages resonate in other areas of their lives. In addition to accessing the current week’s presentation, the Power of WE webpage also provides an opportunity to preview the next week’s presentation, as well as past presentations using the archived link at the right of the page. you have any questions, please feel free to contact your grade level School Counselor. 
     
     
    When we stop judging others, and ourselves, our hearts begin to open. 
     
    ~ Swami Dhyan Giten