EMAHO! Thursday the 27th of February we were at first four people gathered at Dragvoll stillerom 2337, and then we became five people meditating together for about 20-25 minutes. We talked a little about our experience afterwords, how the body can hurt a little and how easily it is to be drowsy. About the latter; we got reminded how meditation is an active state of mind so to speak. And how we should strive to be relaxed, not to tense and not too loose. Often it is easier said than done, but it is good to be reminded. One of the members in the group – the one who is writing a thesis on lama dance – explained a little about the functions of the lama dance, and how a mandala is created during the dance session. For everyone interested, it will be a lecture about this at Dragvoll Idrettsenter the 13th of March.
The topic of vegetarianism came up once again and it is a lot of feelings about the issue. We did not conclude anything, but the majority of those present, if not all, agreed that the worst part may be the severe suffering the industry so often creates. Nevertheless, there is many other ways also to reduce the suffering on this planet than giving up meat completely. It is up to us as individuals to make our choices.
While we enjoyed Indian chai, smile, we talked a little about H.H. the Dalai Lama’s upcoming visit in May. We talked a little about the controversy regarding it and how the leading Norwegian politicians is trying to avoid the fact that he is coming. For those who are interested there is a Facebook group called “Opprop mot manglende politisk oppslutning rundt Dalai lamas norgesbesøk” that one can “like” to show ones support and be updated about the political aspect of his visit (mainly in Norwegian). We were wondering if we shall advertise his visit in Oslo on campus etc. One other thing that is very interesting is the thought of arranging a dialogue meeting with Chinese students and others about the Tibet-China issue. We have all something to learn from eachother.
We ended the session with a 15 minutes meditation, facing eachother in a circle. Before that, we had also shared different types of sitting positions and meditation practices with eachother. One of the group members is from Vietnam and she explained how many Vietnamese buddhists is chanting mantras with Amitabha Buddha in mind. This upcoming Saturday the group will visit the Vietnamese temple in Tiller. That will be nice! And in March, one group member will also visit Plum village in France and the Vietnamese munk Thich Nhat Hanh. And that is wonderful!
The session were ended with a mundane dedication around 8 p.m. Then we rejoiced in the religious books in the book shelves in the ‘stillerom’. Our board leader mentioned how H.H. the Karmapa like to meditate and pray with the Bible, the Quran and other religious books close by him, praying that these holy texts will bring happiness and an end of suffering to all beings who believe and put their faith in them. And we pray with him: May that be so.
PS: Today, the 28th of February, we learned that H.H. the Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje will visit Europe for the first time ever in this lifetime. He will be in Germany from 28th May until 8th June 2014. Many of us regard this as very auspicious. 2014 looks to be a very good year!!