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3/17/08 12:50 PM
Forum: Practical Dharma

If you'd have just one word to express your core practice at this point, what would it be? What is the signifier you'd use as the finger pointing for you at this time, at this point on your path? What comes to mind first? Give your word, and then - if you need to, and definitely if you must - elaborate on that.

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3/17/08 9:46 PM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Developing

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3/18/08 3:26 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Author: sonamdolma

Thanks, Hokai. Its gotta be - "amazing".

I've only been here a week and major changes have occurred. Paid a little bit of attention (several days) to my tingles and itches, gained more equanimity re past spiritual failures and then - like a block had been removed - my kundalini started quivering and shivering and rising - its been almost totally inactive for about ten years. Should've moved from shamata to vipassina sooner.

Any kundalini experts out there .... ?

And, while I'm asking for advice - I don't want to be known as sonamdolma and would prefer to use my real name. Can't sm to change that on my site.-

ust call me.....Ann.

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3/18/08 3:24 PM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Ordinary emoticon

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3/19/08 8:02 PM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Author: woman_alone

Resolve.

The level of dedication has changed, thanks in part to D.O. I'm in the early stages of the path, but the goal is clear now, and the resolve to practice is firm.

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3/19/08 9:52 PM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
So what about you, Hokai?

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3/20/08 3:06 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
My own core practice at this point seems to have the taste of "immediacy". Not to be too elaborate about it, the immediacy refers to the "all-at-once" nature of being here with all it entails; this all-at-on(c)eness of apparent opposites is what I'd refer to as immediacy. Not straying would be another way of putting it, but that seems to conceal more than it reveals about the actual phase and/or condition, and the praxis it involves.

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3/29/08 2:08 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
uplifting

...because I experience a constantly increasing speed in awareness which feels to me like uplifting

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3/29/08 6:25 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
My take would be "Committed". I finally realized that practicing is the only way to go! If you follow the instructions and invest enough time and energy you will see the unfolding of the Dharma.

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3/29/08 11:22 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Hello, Hokai. My one word is --- ground.

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3/29/08 1:51 PM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
This is looking great. You might want to see how Vince elaborated on "ordinary". Check his post
http://www.vincenthorn.com/2008/03/29/summing-it-up-in-one-word-ordinary/

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3/29/08 2:08 PM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Ah, yeah. Thanks for linking to that Hokai. I really dig this thread and the way this question challenges one to sum up their experience, and do it fairly simply.

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3/30/08 6:27 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
I said my one word is "ground." Words cannot go there. Ideas cannot go there. So.... it's impossible to describe. I chose one word as was suggested, but no word is much better.

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3/30/08 6:30 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Vince, I really like your essay on "ordinary." Thanks for posting it on your web site, and thanks Hokai, for linking to it.

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3/30/08 7:29 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Hi, Chris. No description is necessary, unless you find it useful. But then again, don't be afraid to elaborate what makes "ground" the apt moniker for your core practice. Usually, there are several, perhaps half-dozen, terms that somehow delineate the One Word, and make it organically connected to the whole Indra's Net from your meaning-making vantage point. Those additional notions are points where your Word intersects with others'. Enjoy!

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3/30/08 8:41 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Hokai, yes, I could have used several other terms, like "home.". I never knew ground before I had practiced long and hard for some years, but now I know it has always been. I suspect I knew it much better before my left brain functions took over at some point in my very early development as a human being. Once that happened what is commonly called "mind" (controller, interpreter, nag, boss, what have you) became the pre-eminent way I experienced the world. So I have gone through a years-long process of realizing just how noisy my mind is, how selfish and often just plain misleading it can be. At some point, though, after experiencing a lot of despondency, this mind ceased to be the sole or sometimes the leading interpreter of my existence, allowing me access to a more right brain set of perceptions that dance, flicker and change in rapid, chaotic succession all the time. It is this perspective that brought the realization, after re-engaging it over and over and over again, that the world is just like that and therein lies a peace and security that is surprising and quite unexpected. My own silly name for that experience is "ground."

Sorry for the clumsiness, but this is at least a little elaboration on my very own one word.

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4/8/08 8:15 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Author: Abe_Dunkelheit

relax

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4/8/08 3:37 PM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
'Innocent', for reasons I have trouble clarifying. Something about approaching things with directness , and not trying to be so damn clever all the time.

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5/30/08 4:03 PM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Author: nails88

Infancy
That's where my practice is at. Well, started to practice on a regular basis last week.

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6/11/08 4:44 PM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Author: ccasey

For today it was "Sit". Kind of like what I ask my dog to do--from that perspective of discipline, and also from my dog's perspective--"sure, okay, what for? got anything good? oh well, I'll just do it."

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7/3/08 3:42 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Worthwhile.

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7/4/08 6:09 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
"Is"

While Is may seem a bit cliche or esoteric or whatever, I really have no other word right now. Other words I might have given depending on what time you caught me are:

Determination
Hunger
Intensity
Hopeless
Ease
Surrender

These all capture overall flavor of practice at various stages

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7/5/08 12:18 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Author: MikeTek

I agree, but for me also: Uncertain.

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7/5/08 7:19 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Yes, 'uncertain' is a word that quite honestly describes my practice as well.

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9/19/08 12:15 PM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Author: DharmaPutz

floundering

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11/23/08 6:14 AM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Author: lm913

overwrought

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11/23/08 11:28 PM as a reply to Hokai Sobol.
Author: JJosh

between a "umm", a "what" and "ok"