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New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 9/19/18 9:59 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 9/13/18 7:05 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 9/19/18 9:57 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice alguidar 9/19/18 11:14 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 9/19/18 1:00 PM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Ben V. 9/20/18 4:26 PM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 9/21/18 12:58 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Ben V. 9/21/18 5:25 PM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Lars 9/22/18 1:08 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 9/22/18 10:30 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Jehanne S Peacock 10/23/18 8:14 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 11/12/18 2:02 PM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 9/22/18 1:13 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Ben V. 9/23/18 7:45 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 9/29/18 8:08 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 10/3/18 11:07 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Nicolas G. 9/22/18 6:26 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 9/22/18 7:21 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice curious 9/21/18 2:39 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 9/21/18 4:04 PM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Nicolas G. 9/22/18 6:34 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 9/22/18 7:21 AM
RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice Kim Katami 10/19/18 12:57 PM
Hello all at DhO.

My second book "What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice" has been published as ebook, at Open Heart-website, free of charge. 
Download from this page: http://www.en.openheart.fi/35532

Video of the official Book Launch can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0RgsMR9gEY



RE: New Book: What's Next? On Post-Awakening Practice
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9/13/18 7:05 AM as a reply to Kim Katami.
It's out and downloadable now. See link to the website from the OP.

Contents


Foreword, 4
Disclaimer, 6
Illustrations, 7

CHAPTER 1: Open Heart Bhumi Model

Introduction to Open Heart Bhumi Model, 13
  • Buddhism and Mind
  • How the Mind is Constructed
  • Emptiness and Open Heart Bhumi Model
How to Visit Bhumis, 18
  • Bhumi Visitation Exercise
  • Tips
How to Open Bhumis: Dynamic Concentration, 21
  • Statistics from Open Heart Sangha
  • Dynamic Concentration
  • We're Only In It for the Fruit
  • How to Use the Body
  • Sutra-based Buddhism and Dynamic Concentration Combined
  • Tantric Deities and Dynamic Concentration Combined
Bhumi Mapping: How to Map Oneself and Others, 27
  • The General Context
  • The Key Factors of Bhumi Mapping
  • Tips
  • Tantric Way of Bhumi Mapping: 13 Pure Land Jhanas
  • Bhumi Mapping Experiences
CHAPTER 2: Accounts and Photos

Opening and Perfecting Bhumis, Accounts by Practitioners, 33
  • Karl's Account, 33
  • Jonathan's Account, 36
  • Helena's Account, 39
  • Tiia's Account, 41
  • Mikko's Account, 43
  • Pasi's Account, 45
  • Nathaniel's Account, 46
  • Kim's Account, 51
Bhumi Opening Comments, 54

Photographs of Practitioners: Photos from 0 to 13th bhumis opened, 59

Additional Photos: Bhumi Openings and Perfections, 65

CHAPTER 3: Additional materials

What is Emptiness? How to Make Sense of Emptiness? 76
  • Practical Points
  • How Do I Know If My Understanding of Emptiness Is Right?
  • Practical Advice
The Core Features of Pragmatic Dharma by Vincent Horn, 78
  • The Relationship of Theory and Practice
  • Awakening is Possible
  • Maps are Helpful
  • Reality-Testing is Crucial
  • Openness & Transparency For the Win!
Seeing Enlightenment from a Photograph by Shinzen Young, 81

Bhumis in Traditional Buddhism, 83
  • Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
  • Jigme Lingpa
  • Acarya Malcolm Smith
  • Zen-master Hakuin
  • Daniel Ingram
About the Author, 85
Give a Donation, 86

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9/19/18 9:57 AM as a reply to Kim Katami.
What's Next?-book is now available in epub and mobi, as well. Download here for free. http://www.en.openheart.fi/35532

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9/19/18 11:14 AM as a reply to Kim Katami.
thanks, will check out.

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9/19/18 1:00 PM as a reply to alguidar.
FYI. Epub and mobi don't have as many photos but otherwise exactly the same.

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9/20/18 4:26 PM as a reply to Kim Katami.
Just started reading your first book yesterday with great interest. Thanks for sharing. 

Benoit

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9/21/18 12:58 AM as a reply to Ben V..
Ben V.:
Just started reading your first book yesterday with great interest. Thanks for sharing. 

Benoit

My pleasure, hope it is of use. Awake-book is now available in its full version online, here.

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9/21/18 2:39 AM as a reply to Kim Katami.
Thanks Kim.  I've been hoping to find out more about your approach without going through the paywall/subscription.

Malcolm

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9/21/18 4:04 PM as a reply to curious.
curious:
Thanks Kim.  I've been hoping to find out more about your approach without going through the paywall/subscription.

Malcolm

FYI. No one has ever been rejected teachings or guidance due to lack of funds. Everything in my two books has been out for free since day one, although the books conveniently gather all the info in between two covers.

There is this whole discussion about money and dharma that deserves its own arena (so if anyone wants to discuss this topic, I suggest starting a new thread) but I'll just mention that all OH teachers are laypeople with bills, families and so on. We are not a big organisation nor we have a religious establishment to back us up, like established lineages and monasteries do. These are the main reasons why we ask money in return.

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9/21/18 5:25 PM as a reply to Kim Katami.
Actually, it is useful. I went straight to part 2 quite a few times (after doing noting for a few minutes), and it sometimes trigger that same mysterious taping/pulsing sensation in the middle of the head or behind the face as when I get stillness in noting practice. It confirms a hypothesis I've had that this mysterious pulse happens when there are moments of disembedding from the sense of self.

I saw a graph where you draw points in the middle of the head. I didn't read much of that yet since it's in your second book and I'm reading the first one for now (I'm still pre-stream-entry). But I wonder what your interpretation/understanding of that middle of the head taping is, if you have any. Would appreciate what you think that's about.

In any case, I've started experimenting with using part 2 with my noting practice, and appreciate learning it.

Thank you.

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9/22/18 1:08 AM as a reply to Ben V..
I'd also be interested in this, during one of the shifts a few months ago there was a whole body synchronization that happened after this pulsing became very strong when noting very quickly. During a few sessions recently i've been focusing on tension in the face and head, and whenever that tension is released and the head and face seem relaxed and still, the pulsing occurs (or more accurately I become aware of the pulsing). It almost feels like my eyes fluttering, but instead of my eyes, it's some region in the center of the head/brain. Recently it's more subtle, during the previous shift it felt much stronger, like someone snapping a rubber band into that spot until it "released".

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9/22/18 1:13 AM as a reply to Ben V..
Ben V.:
Actually, it is useful. I went straight to part 2 quite a few times (after doing noting for a few minutes), and it sometimes trigger that same mysterious taping/pulsing sensation in the middle of the head or behind the face as when I get stillness in noting practice. It confirms a hypothesis I've had that this mysterious pulse happens when there are moments of disembedding from the sense of self.

I saw a graph where you draw points in the middle of the head. I didn't read much of that yet since it's in your second book and I'm reading the first one for now (I'm still pre-stream-entry). But I wonder what your interpretation/understanding of that middle of the head taping is, if you have any. Would appreciate what you think that's about.

In any case, I've started experimenting with using part 2 with my noting practice, and appreciate learning it.

Thank you.

A note for those who don't have calmness reg. the Two-Part Formula: Giving the second mode too much emphasis or doing that alone will tie you into a knot of discomfort (self-based existence). That is not a correct application. In 2PF, there are two modes and it is both mode that actually makes it work.

All kinds of sensations from pulsating to pressure, from aches to ecstasy can come up with using the 2PF, just like in any other kind of practice. Ben, I don't know what you mean by taping but what I've seen from numerous people who have used the tech, its probably just one of the sensations. This happens because with the practice, you are consciously bringing up the subject-self and poking it with awareness. Therefore you get sensations in the areas of the body that are related to the subject-self. With awakening all sensations even out and only clarity remains.

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9/22/18 6:26 AM as a reply to Kim Katami.
Hello Kim,

Thank you so much for sharing! 

The .mobi links is broken.

Also, would be nice to have "Awake" in .mobi and epub formats emoticon

metta

Leandro

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9/22/18 6:34 AM as a reply to Kim Katami.
Kim,

A suggestion for openheart webpage: to have the option to do a ONE time donation (via paypal), now the only choice is monthly.

metta

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9/22/18 7:21 AM as a reply to Nicolas G..
Nicolas G.:
Hello Kim,

Thank you so much for sharing! 

The .mobi links is broken.

Also, would be nice to have "Awake" in .mobi and epub formats emoticon

metta

Leandro

Mobi-link fixed. I'll ask the tech guy.

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9/22/18 7:21 AM as a reply to Nicolas G..
Nicolas G.:
Kim,

A suggestion for openheart webpage: to have the option to do a ONE time donation (via paypal), now the only choice is monthly.

metta

Thank you for the suggestion, I'll let another tech guy know. The PayPal button is not set for one time donation but this of course can be done at PayPal too.

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9/22/18 10:30 AM as a reply to Lars.
Lars:
I'd also be interested in this, during one of the shifts a few months ago there was a whole body synchronization that happened after this pulsing became very strong when noting very quickly. During a few sessions recently i've been focusing on tension in the face and head, and whenever that tension is released and the head and face seem relaxed and still, the pulsing occurs (or more accurately I become aware of the pulsing). It almost feels like my eyes fluttering, but instead of my eyes, it's some region in the center of the head/brain. Recently it's more subtle, during the previous shift it felt much stronger, like someone snapping a rubber band into that spot until it "released".
Hi Lars. Didn't see your message until now. You are describing standard sensations that have been discussed extensively and in detail in Awake.

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9/23/18 7:45 AM as a reply to Kim Katami.
Thanks Kim!

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9/29/18 8:08 AM as a reply to Ben V..
What did you think of it? Would be nice to hear some comments and impressions from people who are not Open Heart practitioners.

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10/3/18 11:07 AM as a reply to Kim Katami.
Reader feedback: "I decided to print it out, and while I was waiting impatiently by the printer, I was watching the pictures of Bhumi openings as they emerged. I never really saw the point of these before, but I suddenly realised that you can see the natural state in their eyes! Now I see!"

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10/19/18 12:57 PM as a reply to Kim Katami.
My book "What's Next?" discusses something called dynamic concentration.

The idea of using momentary explosive power is uncommon and I can understand why those who are not familiar with the idea, might not even take it seriously. However, dynamic concentration is used in zen buddhism, dzogchen as well as in martial arts that are highly influenced by buddhist thought. In Japanese arts dynamic concentration is called kiai.

On this playlist I have gathered almost 30 video clips from different teachers and practitioners, incl. Shodo Harada Roshi, Keith Dowman and Lama Wangdu Rinpoche, to show that the use of dynamic concentration does traditionally exist.

At the moment I am working on a non-tantric/secular course on dynamic concentration that will be available soon. Read more about dynamic concentration and suggested exercises from the book, from page 21 onwards.

Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDnaw-mgIrU&list=PLqTm9fV9DGhtXvWzWyuaQ9IzbIbcpMlqm

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10/23/18 8:14 AM as a reply to Kim Katami.
Kim Katami:
Lars:
I'd also be interested in this, during one of the shifts a few months ago there was a whole body synchronization that happened after this pulsing became very strong when noting very quickly. During a few sessions recently i've been focusing on tension in the face and head, and whenever that tension is released and the head and face seem relaxed and still, the pulsing occurs (or more accurately I become aware of the pulsing). It almost feels like my eyes fluttering, but instead of my eyes, it's some region in the center of the head/brain. Recently it's more subtle, during the previous shift it felt much stronger, like someone snapping a rubber band into that spot until it "released".
Hi Lars. Didn't see your message until now. You are describing standard sensations that have been discussed extensively and in detail in Awake.
The Awake -book can be found in pdf format free of charge here. It is also available in Kindle format in Amazon, but according to my understanding Amazon insists that there should be a price tag.

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11/12/18 2:02 PM as a reply to Jehanne S Peacock.
Hi folks.

About dynamic concentration that is discussed in the book. In OH sangha we have seen how effective it is to combine tantric deities with dynamic concentration, where one sharply shouts the syllables of the deities mantras. On average, in our group of 70 people, there are 6-8 awakenings or kenshos each month. However, dynamic concentration can also be done without tantric deities, for example, using The Three Jewels or the mantra from Heart Sutra as mantras. In the book, one can find a thorough explanation of the topic and find other examples to better understand the principles of the practice.

In the following clips, I have filmed these two widely used mantras, so that people new to the idea could get a better picture what the practice is and how it is done.

As far as I know, there is no more effective way to cut through the layers of the samsaric mind to pure awareness or buddhanature, than dynamic concentration. It literally takes a few minutes to test it. It is best when repeated once or twice a day, for several days in a row, so that one can see how it works. I'd like to invite everyone to try it out and share your experiences.