The Lazy Yogi

Non-Procrastination
Soul Mutation
Ferret Migration

Rest in a natural way like a small child. Rest like an ocean without waves. Rest within clarity like a candle flame. Rest without self-concerns like a human corpse. Rest unmoving like a mountain. 
Milarepa

Rest in a natural way like a small child. Rest like an ocean without waves. Rest within clarity like a candle flame. Rest without self-concerns like a human corpse. Rest unmoving like a mountain. 

Milarepa

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

The Dalai Lama

doodling progress

doodling progress

kzshyia said: How do you know if you can trust someone with your heart, with your vulnerabilities? Thank you yogi! :D

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” 

Ernest Hemingway

Namaste :)

It is difficult to bring people to goodness with lessons, but it is easy to do so by example.

Seneca

neuronlover said: Hey Lazy, What do you think about the conflict between GAZA and Israel ? I feel like as humans I need to do something but I just don't know how I can respond to all these madness?

If this problem could have been solved from the outside, it would have been over a long time ago. 

The UN was directly involved with the recognition of Israel as a country over fifty years ago and the partitioning of Palestine. 

It’s very hard to find examples of outside forces meddling in a country’s cultural existence that has turned out to be beneficial for everyone. 

Sometimes there is temporary peace, sometimes there is violence. The only way beyond both is transformation from the inside. 

I don’t think any of us who are coming from the outside are seeing anything clearly with respect to the actual situation. We see the news, we hear stories, we may even have family there, but we have no substantial firsthand understanding of the reality. 

We can be supportive of peace, always, but picking sides and saying who started what and who’s to blame and what should be done just isn’t a realistic approach. 

Namaste :)

caviearahdreams said: Hi!! I've been reading your posts since April (although time is an illusion!) and I have read half of the book "The Power of Now" and I understand that simply being alive in the present moment is the essence of life, but what about having desires? Is it okay to want to be really successful in life? To work hard to get where you want to go?

Hey brother! That’s fantastic and I am very happy for you. 

Remember that the spiritual path is not a religion in the sense of “do’s” and “do not’s”. 

The reason why we often talk about desires being “bad” is because of the deluded view from which they arise and the subsequent confusion they then create. 

Typical delusion that causes desire is the misperceived location of happiness or identity. Once you cease to cling to a fixed identity as well as rediscover happiness as being an inner thing rather than an outer acquisition, desire takes on a different meaning. 

Inherent in desire is energy. Our purity and strength of desire determines the strength of energy it lends to us. In Tantra, both Buddhist and Hindu, desire is used as an energetic skillful means. Although sex typically comes to mind when most people hear the word “Tantra,” the desire of which use is made could be anything. The desire for a cup of tea, the desire for astronomically brilliant sex, the desire to play with a puppy. 

So what is desire when it is no longer coming from a deluded place, when the fulfillment of that desire is not something on which we hinge our happiness and identity? Perhaps we can call such a thing an “aspiration” instead of a desire. 

The spiritual path is an inner journey that will change the way we relate to outward appearances. But remember, there are no rules but compassion and clarity. Therefore aspire for whatever you feel oriented toward.

I am currently in premedical schooling and this time next year I will be applying to medical schools. It’s a long road to becoming a doctor. If my desire were to be a doctor, then I may have all sorts of hangups along the way. How can I get there quickest? What if this or that gets in my way? What if…

But simply my aspiration is to utilize the entirety of my mind-body skill set to be of help to others while providing myself a means to live in society. My appreciation and passion for science makes each step of the journey its own end and beginning. 

By all means, follow what inspires you and see where it may lead. In my experience, inspiration meets with something that you’ve typically overlooked and a new direction emerges. 

Namaste :) Much love

If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…

Pema Chodron

Sermon on Pain

Why is compassion practice so important? For example, the practice of tonglen invites us to deliberately think about the things that bring us real, heart-wrenching pain. We visualize these things, dwell on them, and let the tears well up from our chest and pour out through our eyes. We breathe all that suffering in. 

And we then exhale Love. Affection. Healing. 

While we begin with thinking about ourselves and our pain, perhaps a recent break-up or life challenge, next we think about the people we love who have also gone through those experiences. And then we take their pain upon ourselves while exhaling compassion yet again. 

But we don’t stop there. We broaden this to think of complete strangers who have experienced this sort of pain. And then we broaden it to people we dislike, even enemies. Finally we broaden it to anyone who has ever experienced pain in any form. 

You can imagine the way tonglen and compassion practice keeps things in perspective. 

However if you don’t practice, it’s easy to lose touch with the wisdom of the soft heart. The wisdom does not come from the mind’s understanding of the soft heart. It comes from the heart being soft. To soften the heart enough for the mind to understand is not the point. 

In the years since high school, I’ve had some trouble with my legs. Maybe once a year, they would lock up at the knees causing pain and mild alarm within me. It has been almost two years since it happened last and then this past Friday boom! They locked. 

I’ve been making a lot of progress these past few weeks in loosing up knots and tensions in my body and perhaps that created conditions that exacerbate this condition. Regardless, I’ll be seeing a doctor about it soon. 

In the meantime, it was hellish. Usually it was one knee, this time it was both knees. Usually it only lasts for a few hours. This time it lasted for two days. I have an exam on tuesday to study for, work to do for my jobs, and apartment hunting to pursue. 

Not only did this experience interrupt all my plans, but it awakened my suffering and my pain-body. It shifted through moments of frustration that I couldn’t fix this myself. Anxiety that I have things I need to be doing. Shame for my body being so incapable and neglected. Sadness and loneliness that there was no one there to help or comfort me. 

It also revealed my habits, where I turned when I felt at my weakest. Some animals drag themselves off to die far away from the pack. I can empathize with that. Others might chew off their own leg. I can also empathize with that. 

But most of all it revealed how out of touch I had fallen with suffering. Being at peace is nice but not if it comes at the cost of ignorance. Tonglen practice is an important way for meditators to remain in touch with their peace but also with the reality of suffering on the mind-body level. 

As someone who aspires to be a doctor, it’s also incredibly important to keep in mind the suffering of your patients. One of the most difficult lessons I remember my father had learned early on in his career was when a terminal patient of his left behind a poem. This patient wasn’t angry at god for the illness he had nor at the inability of modern medicine to save him. The thing he needed most throughout the whole experience was a hand to hold. 

Don’t turn away from pain and suffering, in yourself and each other. They are not wrong and they are not our enemies. They can be a gateway to a loving-kindness that evolves our mere human hearts into something divine, indescribably sincere, and wholly ordinary.

In the meantime, I’d just like to say that I love you all. Whatever your suffering, your challenges, your flaws or confusions, we never have anyone else but each other. 

It’s not a matter of remembering or forgetting. Just loving.

Namaste my friends. 

So both of my knees have locked up and I’ve been trying to fix it for like twelve hours. :/

what I do every night after I drag my carcass home from the library. name suggestions? it looks like a pirate yogi to me.

what I do every night after I drag my carcass home from the library. name suggestions? it looks like a pirate yogi to me.

There is no miserable place waiting for you, no hell realm, sitting and waiting like Alaska—waiting to turn you into ice cream. But whatever you call it—hell or the suffering realms—it is something that you enter by creating a world of neurotic fantasy and believing it to be real. It sounds simple, but that’s exactly what happens.

Lama Thubten Yeshe

lifeistooshorttoo said: I tend to be kind, compassionate, respectful and grateful for life. However, I'm at a strict and competitive university and I can't seem to get along too well. I have a lot of trouble making friends and people approach me for the wrong reasons. I'm afraid a lot of them don't deserve good treatment from me, and I feel guilty of this thought. I feel I give so much and get so little in return. How do I keep my head up (be kind and compassionate) while in a context where others aren't like that?

Why bother with compassion at all? What’s the point?

Compassion is not a virtue. It is not a gift you give others. It is not something special you hope to receive. 

Compassion is the sanity of the heart. It is the natural mood when you recognize that there is suffering in everyone, both those who are victims and those who victimize. 

Just as it is natural to play the role of doctor when you find yourself in a room full of wounded children, it is natural to cultivate or practice compassion when you acknowledge the frightened state of humanity. 

Being kind and respectful is good. But they are not compassion. Sometimes compassion means digging into someone, working hard and extensively by your lonesome, or making a fool of yourself. 

Compassion is heart meets life. It is not comfort or fuzzy feelings. 

Your current environment is perfect for the practice of compassion. Are not they who understand themselves through comparison and competition dwelling in the suffering of delusion? Are their approaches to you for the “wrong” reasons not opportunities for you to lessen their fear and discontent?

"May no one who encounters me

Ever have an insignificant contact.”

~ Shantideva

Deserving, feeling guilty, wrongness, all of these notions are leftover conditioning from a bygone religious era. How is any of it actually helpful to you?

Now is the perfect time to turn your aspiration for compassion into your spiritual practice. For that, there are none better in my opinion than the Tibetan Buddhists. 

Two books I would recommend are:

The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Trungpa Rinpoche

The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron

I would also strongly encourage you to take up the practice of Tonglen meditation. 

Namaste :) Much love

Experience is the clothing of expanse, the mystery that wears it.

Love, clothed in world, undresses for expanse in the twilight of doing, in the bedroom of unmaking.

The Lover
moves beyond
behind
within…

Like a bead, we are empty at the center, an expanse, a place for sunlight.

Like the flower, we are drunk on sunlight.

This emptiness. This love.

Before, and without, ‘I’ or ‘you,’ this is how we live.

Traktung Yeshe Dorje

kittylangelo said: Hello. I'm currently having some problems with decisions and life. I feel like crap, pressured to decide without even knowing what on. At the same time, I feel like I am at a turning point. All I need to do to feel better is just live my life, instead of letting it pas me by as I do currently. But I'm terribly afraid. The thought of living makes me excited, but also so terrified that I'm unable to move. I don't know where that fear is coming from, what it means or how to deal with it. Any tips?

The fear is coming from nowhere. 

You are speaking about the “thought” of living. It excites you, it scares you, it confuses you, and so on. 

But is that life? Are your thoughts about life the same thing as life itself?

Life is never what we think it is but nor is it otherwise. It just is.

Let go of the need to control how things unfold. You will get more from meeting life as it happens than you will from trying to force life to conform to expectations—or to avoid them. 

Life is not something that passes you by. That’s westernized progressive bullshit. 

There is no point to life…but there is beautiful and mysterious meaning to being alive. Keep that in perspective and it takes the pressure off. 

No matter how much a person “seizes” life, they will die. No matter the accomplishments, they will be erased by time. No matter the experiences, they will become a thing of the past. 

In this seemingly narrow pin-head of a moment called the Present is the vastness of eternity and its potentiality for endless play. 

What’s really important? I’m not talking about ignoring responsibility and pursuing desires and dreams. I’m talking about living any plain, ordinary day of any plain, ordinary life. 

What’s important when you’re standing in line to pay? When you’re walking down the street? When you’re listening to coworkers, friends, or complete strangers? 

You’re already alive and living, my friend. The question is whether or not you have stopped to notice—and what that aliveness really means. 

I’d definitely recommend daily meditation as well as the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. 

Namaste :)