Milarepa mantra chanted during meditation by Zeena for CHÖKHOR DÜCHEN, 2017.
In the Buddhist tradition, today is celebrated as the first teaching given by the Buddha Shakyamuni after attaining Enlightement. Any mantras recited on this day accumulate the positive merit ten million times.
During the day's mantra meditations, as Zeena chanted the Milarepa mantra, birds came to listen.
The Tibetan sage Milarepa, born nearly a thousand years ago, was a powerful black magician in Tibet who renounced his sorcery ways, dedicating himself to the Dharma teachings. As a result, he become fully enlightened in one lifetime.
Milarepa is not only a source of inspiration to Zeena, who has also followed a similarly extreme path in life, but it is also into his lineage that she is initiated by her heart lama H.E. Ayang Rinpoche, one of the yogi lineage holders who has maintained Milarepa's teachings in pure, undiluted and unbroken form.
Gratitude to H.E. Ayang Rinpoche for the image of Milarepa, Vajradhara and Vajrayogini used at the beginning of the video and for his wisdom and compassion which are boundless.
To learn more about the magical life of Milarepa, visit this page.
San Francisco is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. This week also marks the dark-side of the city's history. On May 23, 1967 Zeena made her international debut as performance-artist at the first public satanic baptism, orchestrated by her parents' in-house carnival show. She has commemorated the event by creating a personally charged meditative ritual in the form of a soundscape and video collage.
The Next Workshop is April 26, 2015
Workshop Theme: Death and Impermanence.
1:00PM – 4:30PM
50 Euros per workshop
Pre-registration deadline April 23, 2015
"Think of the people in professions who work with death and the dying, including people who kill for a living such as veterinarians who euthanize pets; soldiers; slaughter house employees who prepare animals for mass consumption; executioners in countries that have not abolished the death penalty; insect exterminators; abortionists, etc. This is not a moral judgment but a prayer to those on both sides who suffer the non-virtuous karma of the act and those who are killed. Think of all the different situations where death is surely occurring as you are in seated meditation while conducting your daily prayers. Spend at least a moment each day to contemplate your own death and remember that this life is not solid nor is tomorrow guaranteed. Do not take for granted that you or your loved ones will still be alive tomorrow." --Zeena Schreck
This month's workshop includes:
A Special Rite of Spring: Astronomical triple punch of magical power on 20. March 2015.
A Supermoon, a New Moon and a solar eclipse will all come together in our skies on the Spring Equinox this year. This will be a potent day for all magical and mystical workings. Any ceremonies, rituals, aspirations, vows or prayers performed on such day, during this unusual event, will have manifold effect. Karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million on solar eclipses as compared to seven million on lunar eclipses.
This means, positive actions initiated on such a day carry profound benefit to others and one's self. Similarly, any negative thought, speech or actions carried out on this day will have profoundly heavy and disastrous consequences for the instigator.
So for this Equinox especially, choose your actions carefully. It's a good day to generate loving, healing and compassionate feelings for yourself and others. Connect with those who elicit love and compassion within you, whether they're human, non-human or non-visible beings. For anyone you know who is sick or dying, this is a fertile day to perform healing and safe passage rites.
To benefit yourself this Equinox, find a time and place outside of your normal routine where you can enjoy and radiate an atmosphere of peace. If you've been experiencing destructive, confused or depressive emotions, make an effort to set that thought pattern aside for just one day. Instead, replace it by focusing your attention on even the tiniest activity which could elicit joy within you. Nurture yourself during this solar eclipse as if you were your own mother.
Avoid conflicts, people and situations which are likely to stimulate negativity and destructive emotions within you. Avoid putting things into your head which stimulate anger, obsessiveness and agitation. Since the karmic consequences of even mild irritation will be so much greater during this time, you may consider logging off of social media for a day (or more), and not allowing yourself to get hooked into loops of gossip, politics, trivia or other habitual activity. If you have something planned which could lead to arguments or negativity, consider canceling your plans and doing something pro-actively positive and beneficial instead.
Close the day with thoughts of gratitude for what you have which others don't. Express regret to yourself for any misdeeds on this day or ever. Continue a positive attitude into your sleep with a healing or purifying mantra, prayer, aspiration or thought.
May the seeds you plant today ripen to bear beneficial fruit.
May this year's Rite of Spring bring you renewed vitality, strength, peace and joy.
OM MANI PADME HUM & Š-L-M
Trace the Solar Eclipse Path of Totality on this map to find where the eclipse will occur in your area.
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