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I have been leading a meditation group in Charlottesville, which has been attracting a few practitioners and new students to Buddhism. And because of the potential for new people attending, and due to our only meeting once or twice a month, I want to keep doing the foundational practices for a while(!). Not to mention my own lack of realization to do deeper more potent vajrayana type practices.

We have been doing Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltsen’s Om Ah Hung practice. This is a good beginner’s practice I feel because there are no complicated (at least not terribly so) visualizations, no mantra garland circling the seed syllable at the heart, or deities (yidams) to picture in your mind, and yet it is a potent practice too. It is a purification process and it does plant the seeds for more profound visualizations later.

We have been doing this practice since June, so closing in on 6 months now. I happened to invite my friend who is an older experienced yogi and he had some excellent advice, which deepened things considerably.

In the Om Ah Hung practice, which is a purification practice, we first visualize a white Om at our forehead (I believe it is sitting on the sella turcica or the Turkish saddle part of the sphenoid bone – where the pituitary gland sits – if you want to be specific). This represents purifying the body of sickness and other defilements / obscurations / impurities.

Next we visualize a red Ah in our throat – preferably toward the back of the neck – right in front of the spine (in the central channel). This seed syllable represents purification of the speech – any false speech, whether lying, angry speech, divisive speech, gossip or talking about non-virtuous behavior or black magic (for instance). All impurities of the speech and voice are made pure.

Third, we visualize a blue Hung syllable at the heart level. Again, ideally we visualize it behind our heart, just in front of the spine, again in the central channel if possible. And keep in mind that if we are able to, we want to use the Tibetan characters for Om Ah Hung. If we don’t have those down, then using the Roman letters is fine – literally visualizing a white OM is fine.

See a link to the Tibetan characters here: Om Ah Hung

The blue Hung represents purifying the mind – any thoughts of negative intent, of causing harm (or wishing harm), covetous thoughts or thoughts of wrong view. It can be purified as well.

Lastly, once we ourselves are purified, we might see ourselves as crystal clear “bodies.” Either way – whether we are pure or if we have more work to do 🙂 finally we send out the white, red and blue lights from the three places, wishing to benefit all sentient beings in the world.

Here is a great recording of Khenchen giving these teachings:

 

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Had a good time this evening on Afton Mountain at a friend’s house.

I led a practice of Ri Wo Sang Chod, which is a bit of a shamanic practice: making offerings to countless beings, most of whom are unknown and unseen. This vast generosity practice helps to purify negative karma or at least karmic debts we might owe to them and others.

There were six of us. It was chilly – 40 degree F plus a gusting cutting wind. However, I did qigong practice with another friend this morning, which I think helped to open up my channels. (Side note – we did seated qigong, which I did not even know was a thing!) I mention my channels because, other than my fingers, I wasn’t cold at all. It was pleasant to be visualizing Guru Rinpoche above my head and beseeching him to assist in the burnt offerings (because I can’t see any of those non-corporeal beings).

The sun was setting. Some of the rare clouds above were golden hued in the waning light. I was experiencing bliss among friends (who mostly all were shivering or struggling to keep their hands warm). This was one of the first times I did not worry about that. I was visualizing the Om Ah Hung syllables strongly radiating white, red and blue lights from my three places. May I be of benefit to countless beings.

It was fun. Then we went inside where it was warm and had a delicious potluck meal. Good stories, good company, right time, right place, right practice. 🙂

May all beings encounter the precious teachings and put them into action! (And then realize the fruit of authentic practice.)

Another aside – a friend recently commented that I am a Ka-Nying. Meaning that I have many Drikung Kagyu practices and teachers under my belt, however, I also have many Nyingma practices that I do (and maybe even a few Nyingma teachers). Very fascinating!

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I recently started a meditation group in Charlottesville.  So far, we have done Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltsen’s practice of Om Ah Hung.  There is a nice melody I attempt to follow as we do the practice.  I also give a brief Dharma talk about setting proper motivation (Bodhicitta, altruistic mind) etc.  In explaining the practice, saying some opening prayers and actually doing the practice, we can’t fit much more into 90 minutes.

It is good so far though.  People have great questions and having been studying and attempting to practice the Dharma for over 12 years now, I can be ahead of the group without doing much preparation.  Small groups as people are coming and going over the summer.

Speaking of which, I am actually going to be working and then traveling and I must miss 3 of the next 5 meetings.  Nothing like starting a group and then saying, “here is a CD to listen to and follow along with.  Good luck!  I’ll see you in 2 months.”  🙂

Oh well.  I am glad to have some adventures in my life – whether within or without.

The group meets 2 Thursdays a month.  Comment if you are in the area and are interested!

May all beings be able to attend authentic spiritual teachers (I don’t count!) and find inner peace and happiness!

Blessings,

kirby moore

konchog chakchen

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