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If you have  Itunes, click on podcasts in the beginning of your library and you can find a world of interesting things.. I just searched "Buddhism" and found some free ones, ie Buddhist Geeks. I am not necessarily advocating their podcast I don't know much about it really, I just heard the one with Mama Zen and thought it was inspiring. We are all new at podcasts so don't be hard on yourself about not knowing that stuff Kythe. I just discovered them last year and have really only enjoyed Dan Savage (yes I admit it) and some NPR live concert series stuff. But there is so much out there.

Kythe before my son was born my Dh and I took a trip to Colorado to an amazing Tibetan Buddhist community (mentioned in earlier comment) and learned a Prajna Paramitra practice. The Heart Sutra is is very special to me for many reasons. I too need could use to practice it more. Gate Gate Para Gate Para Sum Gate Bodhisatva. And yet that is the practice of being a mother eh.. Not enough cushion time.

 

So here is a question that is coming up for me with everyone talking about Meditation and having my own confusing and sometimes clarifying experiences with it for the last 16 years, I am wondering if anyone wants to speak on what Meditation means for them personally. I would like to hear anything that comes up for you, or your training and especially your process. Thanks for sharing Kythe  your comment got me thinking about this.

 

post #62 of 124

My daughter would quietly watch me meditate and started copying me when she was about 2 so I explained to her what I was doing.  I often find her in our meditation room now at almost 6 meditating on her own. Read the book "Baby Buddhas" it is a great resource for teaching children. 

 

I use Mala Beads.  I use them for keeping count of my mantras.  I just got my daughter her first pair.  She doesn't actually use them yet.  She just holds them while meditating.

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My daughter would quietly watch me meditate and started copying me when she was about 2 so I explained to her what I was doing.  I often find her in our meditation room now at almost 6 meditating on her own. Read the book "Baby Buddhas" it is a great resource for teaching children. 

 

I use Mala Beads.  I use them for keeping count of my mantras.  I just got my daughter her first pair.  She doesn't actually use them yet.  She just holds them while meditating.



That is so cute! And so reassuring!!

 

post #64 of 124

Thanks so much for the book recommendation!

post #65 of 124

I recently treated myself to the current issue of Buddhadharma magazine and have found it to be a good issue.  I especially liked this article, Krispy Kreme Mind, on working with desires: http://bdtest1.squarespace.com/web-archive/2011/2/1/krispy-kreme-mind.html

 

DH is Christian so he's in the midst of Lent so I kind of tag along and use the period of time for my own practice.  So, for "Lent", I'm concentrating on right speech.  I'm trying to evaluate everything I'm about to say on whether it is true, helpful and kind.  Have to admit, a lot of it is not so I'm sure it will be a fruitful practice.  

 

I was reading my magazine the other day when DD (she's 3) and I were having some quiet time and she was asking me about the pictures.  She tells me that she wants to be someone who meditates but is not a Buddhist. She seemed happy when I told her that was entirely possible.  I've tried introducing the idea of meditation to her but she's not really into doing it herself.  We have the book Moody Cow Meditates and have made a "mind jar" for her (it's sparkles in a thickened liquid that she can watch settle as her mind settles---it's in the book), and she likes to ring my chime but that's about it so far.  

post #66 of 124

Bows to everyone.  Thanks for starting this thread up again.  I practiced Buddhism in the soto zen tradition long before having my daughter, and really have cut down on my formal practice in the last 7 years.  But still, the bodhisattva vow is at the heart of my life.  Sometimes, it's hard as a mother to let go of a lot of formal practice - I still fuss about this from time to time.  Anyone else?

 

I just finished teaching a four week Mindful Parenting class through my sangha. It was a good experience, although the first time I have taught a class like this by myself (rather than assisting my teacher or giving a single talk.) I tried to focus on sharing how we can incorporate mindfulness into our family life and with our children.  Of course, what it helped me with the most was being reminded about all of these great practices.  (the old adage, "You teach what you need to learn" comes to mind!)

 

And happy Buddha's birthday to everyone!  We celebrated by pouring sweet tea on the baby Buddha last Sunday at our sangha.  A great ritual that children can also do.

post #67 of 124

Morning all:)

 

I have just started chanting with a Buddhist group in my area.  I have been chanting for less than a year now but really enjoy it.  I have been reading  books on my own.  I live in a small town so everything is a min of a 40 minute drive and that can get in the way sometimes.  So far it seems to fit in with my love of nature and my Pagan beliefs, it feels like a good addition to my practice.  I found this out by taking a test online about  my spiritual path and Buddhist was number 2 or 3?  I am new to this so can't wait to learn from you all:)

post #68 of 124

wave.gif  Welcome new people! I haven't had much to add lately. A lot of stressful things going on in life right now, but I do check in, and enjoy reading others posts. Oh, and happy Spring!

post #69 of 124

If all goes according to plan I'll start reading my Buddhism for Mothers tonight!  (Lol, you know the plan where the little goes to bed on time.)  I'm so excited!  I plan on ordering a mala as soon as we have some extra funds available.  I'm very excited to FINALLY be making some headway on this journey.


 

 

post #70 of 124

You can make a mala by putting some beads on a string - seriously.  We did this as a craft project in our Buddhist "sunday school" and I'm wearing mine right now - it's cedar beads on a plastic stretchy string with a little tassle.  Not hard to do, very cheap, gets the job done.

 

Of course, I would like a "nice" one someday too. But fortunately, Buddhist practice requires only our delusion to be successful. And since we all have plenty of that, we're good to go! :)

post #71 of 124

Just popping in to say morning:)

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Rofl, love it!  I know I could make my own but it's going to be a Mother's Day gift from my family if the funds come in in time.  Otherwise it'll be for our anniversary.  SO is Buddhist and would really like to get it for me so I couldn't say no.  :)

 

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You can make a mala by putting some beads on a string - seriously.  We did this as a craft project in our Buddhist "sunday school" and I'm wearing mine right now - it's cedar beads on a plastic stretchy string with a little tassle.  Not hard to do, very cheap, gets the job done.

 

Of course, I would like a "nice" one someday too. But fortunately, Buddhist practice requires only our delusion to be successful. And since we all have plenty of that, we're good to go! :)



 

post #73 of 124

Hello everyone, Hope you all are doing well!  I just wanted to pop in and say hi. I started reading the book 'Anger' by Thich Nhat Hanh. Pretty good so far. A lot of good info on communication. Anyone else read it?  I think someone suggested his books upthread, and I am glad they did.  :)

post #74 of 124

Hi, back around finally.

 

DH and I have started a family meditation circle at our holistic health center. We hope it continues to grow. So far it's just two other families -- but I'm sure it will grow. :D

post #75 of 124

I wish there was something close by but sadly there isn't.  I'm doing really well implementing some of the ideas from Buddhism for Mothers.  It's helping my daughter and I a lot!  Next I'm going to try and start meditating with toddler in the mei tai!

post #76 of 124

I'm brand new to Buddhism, just started listening to zencasts last weekend, and already I feel more restored to my center.  It's hard to explain, but I've been through a lot of trauma and have felt 'sick' inside for a long time.  I haven't meditated yet, but I love the zencasts. 

post #77 of 124

What do you do when you have a UU church, and a buddhist temple practically right next to each other(literally).... but your dh is atheist, and your kids think the UU church is more fun.... but you would really prefer to deepen your studies with buddhism and go to the temple?

post #78 of 124

If possibly I would do both - or maybe alternate?

post #79 of 124

theslingmama: I'll try that, thanks!

 

Anyone in or near the DC area here, and planning on going to the upcoming Buddhafest?

 

http://www.buddhafest.org/

post #80 of 124

Well, our next meeting is in July, and this time we're offering kid's yoga with the meditation. Hopefully, we'll get a few more families. Otherwise, it's me and hawk and two yoga teachers doing yoga while DH meditates.

 

Also, in the case of the DH disinterested, kids like UU, and so on, I would probably see if I could have the kids participate at the UU while I go to temple or just alternate.

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