I do love the way Divine Mind operates–that’s just me talking to It! A friend sent me that BUDDHA DOODLE [image above] moments ago via email (credit to Molly Hahn/Buddha Doodles). This image correlates with the post I was thinking to make here relating to something I heard a Rinpoche (teacher) speak of the other day. Before I get too complicated with it all–and I really don’t have to since the doodle says it all really–there is a term I heard that really rang those ‘Buddhist Bells’ with me!
Oh, by the way, I have tingsha bells and they are an economical substitute for singing bowls and gongs and other tools… they don’t take up much room either. But let me go to the point about this term or phrase used by the teacher. I don’t know if this is the correct interpretation of exactly what Rinpoche was intending, but here’s what he said. When a highly evolved yogi reaches a particular state of evolution it is said that they are in YOGIC CONDUCT. Rinpoche’s translator said it means they have “Entered the Action”.
Interesting. For this particular yogi they were referring to first studied at the university and then meditated in seclusion for a long time and then taught students and then following that he went into “Yogic Conduct” or “Entered the Action”.
Sounds a bit like going into battle doesn’t it? I wonder if that means (to do what we think of as ) “walking the talk” in a way that is more intense or “activated” or “active”–??
I thought of my own life since haven come down from the mountain into a densely populated area of sentient beings, including souls of blood relation, family. It’s been totally intense, like I have “entered the action” in some way or another--fer’ sure!
Again, I have no idea of that’s what “yogic conduct” means or what the Tibetan Rinpoche and his translator were really talking about or it means something else entirely. But I thought the term to be interesting. I tried to goggle it and found nothing.
But anyway; I am about to be putting all of my things in storage for a while and having one room for my personal space like a monk or yogi in a monastery–like a monk’s cell.
And further will be living with two family members, sharing half the rent in another apartment. (My hope is that this is very temporary until space opens in other housing where I have made application–and also supplication! ho-ho, hee-hee)
But the monastic cell is going to be awesome (compared to previous lifetimes!-Ha!) –live plants, big windows, TV, computer, desk, etc. Heaven in comparison! (And the company of fine family companionship…. I am most grateful to my kind sister for sharing with me temporarily so I don’t have to break a lease elsewhere and can be ready when the place to which was supplicated has an opening.)
Anyway… self-awareness, remaining mindful, allowing emotion to become the path–that’s what the Buddha Doodle means to me. Another recent blog post covered a good deal more about working with emotion as the spiritual path.
Entering the Action! Yogic Conduct! Om mani padme hum.
ASPIRATION: May I be able to practice the genuine dharma!
May I remain mindful and awake!
May all beings, through their virtue, perfect the accumulations of merit and wisdom!
May this blog post be helpful to someone in cyber world!