I wanted to make sure you knew about the 100 Days of Practice happening now until February 12.
There is no fee and the 100 Days of Practice is open to anyone who would like to participate.
The 100 Days of Practice is called a “concentration” in the terms of a Buddhist practitioner, a time of focus to improve one’s practice and benefit beings.
Put simply, it’s taking the next 100 days (approximately) from now until February 12, the date of the Tibetan New Year and doing some form of practice every day without fail. Even if the amount of practice is “small” or “short,” like simply reciting daily prayers which can be done in one minute, it qualifies as a concentration when it is done every day without fail. Of course, we don’t get too hung up on failing. We do our best and keep trying. That’s what counts.
You choose the daily practice that seems like the right challenge for you and if you need help with that, I can provide.
Later in this message, I’ll give more examples and ideas of what your practice could look like. Or maybe you already know, maybe there’s a practice aspiration you’ve already had that you have been just waiting for a nudge to get started on.
The 100 Days of Practice is the Buddhist practitioner’s way of closing out the year and getting ready to start the new one. It’s an opportunity to increase your practice in a way that empowers you and you won’t be doing it alone. In the 100 Days of Practice, we build our focus and success together. To support you in this, there is an online meditation every day from now until Feb 12 for 30 minutes at 12 noon Pacific Time. Of course, you can practice on your own and that’s great but if you need or want support and connection, you can sign up for the online daily practice here:
Again, the 100 Days of Practice is free and open to all.
Earlier, I said I would give you some ideas of what your practice could look like, just in case, you wanted to prime the pump on the practice choice for you. Here’s a few ideas.
DAILY PRACTICE IDEAS
Very Easy: Reciting the Daily Buddhist Prayers of Refuge and Bodhichitta – one minute per day.
Fairly Easy to more Challenging: Daily Silent Sitting – Calm Abiding Meditation. 5 minutes and up per day. You choose your daily time, of course.
Advanced: Could be anyone of a number of practices, for example, mantra repetition, Chod practice, Ngondro.
I am available to help you on these points if you wish. Email me with the address below.
I hope you join in the 100 Days of Practice. I believe together we will help our world to be a better place and have happier, saner lives.