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Joy Witzsche
Aug 23, 2022
In 21st Century Experiences
The first step is completed on my path to my new home and place of practice! It's a bit tough to see but I marked out the square for where my future home will sit! The square marks the foundation for a log deck on which I will set up a Mongolian Ger (yurt)! The next day, discussing things with my new neighbor. I completely overwhelmed myself by thinking about everything still left to do! Oh what a messy state I put myself in! Tears and Fears and a flood of emotions... "How can I do this?" and doubts... I sat myself down in a quiet space (actually, everyone who witnessed my meltdown left the room!) and asked myself "Why am I so upset?" "What is it?" and described to myself what seemed to be up for me... I felt so unstable and was grasping at this idea and that idea. Round and round in circles.... feeling overwhelmed with no solid footing.... uncertainty... And then the Dakinis answered it seemed! The words that came to mind "When my mind is the gold Dakini of Earth... " That's it! I felt the stability and nurturing of Earth and remembered the "Five Elements" by the 8th Karmapa (see below). Thank you Sangha (this teaching was shared with me during one of our group gatherings)! Thank you Karmapa! Thank you Dakinis! So instead of wringing my hands with anxiety, I will count mantra on my mala! 5 Dakini practice! And focus instead on effective action while I set up a shining white circle (of wood, fabric and wool) in the mountains of Texada Island! Five Elements By 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje Stubborn and stiff, I avoid hollow uncertainty. Underneath the ground quakes and I lose my footing. As long as I grasp, life seems to be stable, But it just means I'm stuck and have no where to move. When my mind is the gold Dakini of Earth, I see these reactions to be the phantoms they are. Everything is experience, as rich as a jewel. There is no ground and I can rest right here. Attempts to disperse and deflect what arises Leave me feeling assaulted and at risk of being swept away. Wriggling this way and that, I try to sidestep it But I run out of room and freeze where I stand. When my mind is the silver Dakini of Water, I see these reactions to be the phantoms they are. In the mirror of mind what appears is just there. A consuming intensity masks a heart-wrenching loneliness. Lost in a desert, there is no one around. The slightest sensation ignites a devouring inferno, Burning completely to ash all that is here. When my mind is the ruby Dakini of Fire, I see these reactions to be the phantoms they are. The reddest of roses is a heart that just knows. taking every detail in, I'm not separate or alone. In frenetic activity I hide because I cannot stand where I am. Fleeing from ruin, I fall and keep falling. I find one thing to do and than another and another, Soon torn to bits in doing that does nothing. When my mind is the emerald Dakini of Air, I see these reactions to be the phantoms they are. Like a sword, effective action cuts through all problems. What needs to be done and the doing are one. In a black hole I am overwhelmed and bewildered. Terrified of not being, I go blank and know nothing. Not knowing what to do, I go completely to pieces. Mere dust, now scattered, through all space and time. When my mind is the sapphire Dakini of void, I see these reactions to be the phantoms they are. A white shining circle reveals that nothing is missing. In the totality of knowing, presence is always just there.
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Joy Witzsche
Mar 28, 2022
In Subtle Body & Therapeutic
I have really been enjoying dancing to one of my favorite bands "The Hu"! This is one I particularly enjoy dancing to: Song of Women.
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Joy Witzsche
Feb 28, 2022
In Ask Khandro-la
Hi Khandro-la, With respect to the 5 Dakini practice in particular (but also the Vajrayogini Tsok) and the 100 syllable Heruka mantra. My question is this: I currently am working to accomplish the Vajrasattva practice as instructed by my root Lama, Lama Tashi Dundrop (Kauai Dharma Centre). The mantra is very much the same as the 100 syllable Heruka mantra and there are only 3 spots that are ever so slightly different! Would it be better from the perspective of preventing confusion for me (such as when I sit down to do my Vajrasattva mantra accumulation) to stick with the mantra that I have empowerment and accomplishment in? Or is it more appropriate, since this is a Ganden practice (and not Shangpa), to use the Heruka mantra?
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Joy Witzsche
Feb 27, 2022
In Subtle Body & Therapeutic
Thank you Khandro-la! Several times over this last week I have felt your presence and could see you in my mind and hear you sing the Tonglin movements that we do in class. It was such a soothing blessing and calmed my spirit like cooling nectar. Could you please share the melody in class? I would like to record it so that I may bring this movement and song more fully into my own practice!
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Joy Witzsche
Feb 27, 2022
In In the Charnel Grounds
Machik's 5 slogans! I have heard them before and most likely read about them as well, before and after I first picked up my Chod Damaru. After Khandro-la shared these teachings with us, I went to the wild forest nearby and walked! In the nature that nurtures I walked through each of those 5 slogans and asked myself: Where did my prideful, judgmental and arrogant mind block me from going?.... Who have I not helped because my ego got in the way.... What AM I attached to? What faults am I still harboring, what faults have I turned a blind eye to! I sat and walked and cried and laughed and walked and walked for hours.... and really worked to not let the uprising of stuck emotional patterns and tendencies carry me away. To remain present and at the same time rest in what was arising and to look directly at that which was arising - without flinching away or following it. In this case, they all did not liberate in their own ground.... It was clear I still had work to do with these! I was caught by them and was even afraid to practice! These strong powerful demons of mine really had 'their' claws dug deep.... there were uprisings everywhere! Inside and Outside. My mind was in chaos and at times I felt if I wavered and followed any of it, my mind would not so much as 'unravel' but twist into madness. "Pe'!!!" So perhaps next time, I will work with 1 slogan at a time and not all 5 at once! My root Lama (Shangpa lineage) repeatedly told us in class: Easy, Gently, Slowly... advice that transcends lineages! The fierce and wrathful energy of Troma Nakmo (SBT series III) and the juicy fire of Vajrayogini, compassionately filled me with love, my heart cracked opened and I was able to break free of the God/Demons I had held onto so tightly..... What you are attached to.... give that!
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Joy Witzsche
Feb 18, 2022
In Ask Khandro-la
Hi Khandro-La! For the 2 tunes in the 5 Dakini practice, is the drumming pattern for both the same as the "Madong, Lhy-yi, Khando" rhythm, or is it straight Drum-Drum-Drum type rhythm? I have the same question regarding the 7 Pe's practice.
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Joy Witzsche
Dec 01, 2021
In Subtle Body & Therapeutic
It has been quite a delight to see how these Dakinis have been dancing through my life these last few weeks! I came across a copy of 'The Heart Sutra with the Repulsion of Maras' that I had printed out. I put the pages together into a little booklet and when I was done looked out my window! Everything I could see was awash in the most amazing intense golden light! I stood in my open doorway and read the Heart Sutra out loud to the golden light and rainbows! Love and Light!
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