10 x 10

f2a88cdd71d84ed934b927e340db5953When we arise from formal meditation, it is best not to become obsessed with our own thoughts. They are mere appearances in the empty luminosity of the mind, and most of the time are not worthy of more than a passing acknowledgment.

We tend to our everyday obligations while remembering our spiritual aspirations: the contemporary equivalents of “chopping wood and carrying water”, as Japanese Buddhists say.

On a “practical” level, we extend our spiritual cultivation by selecting ten or more times during the day when we stop briefly and recite om amideva hrih ten times.

We can recite om amideva hrih

  • upon waking up
  • during our morning hygiene
  • before or after breakfast
  • before driving or taking public transportation
  • before or after work
  • before or after lunch
  • before or after dinner
  • before retiring

The practice of 10 x 10 keeps our cultivation fresh. The key is regular­ity; disrup­tion of the practice will re­duce its effec­tiveness. When we recite consistently with­out in­ter­ruption, we soon feel an increase in our peace and clarity.

Diligent prac­tice of this method together with unwavering certainty in our Buddha Nature, observing our Vows, and living an ethical life can ensure quick progress in our spiritual cultivation.


About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to 10 x 10

  1. Pingback: 10 x 10 | Zen Flash

  2. Yonten says:

    Thank you Tashi la.
    Humbly, Yonten

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