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Why do you practice?
I meditate to: a) Increase my happiness; b) Decrease my "un-happiness"; c) Directly and indirectly increase the happiness of others.
How do you practice?
I've been keeping my meditation simple for quite some time now (years) because I felt that my mind was too active and untrained to dive right into some of the more advanced meditations.  But now that I feel that I can regularly calm myself during meditation, I've moved on to the Lamrim, which is 21 meditations that you cycle through (one a day). The Lamrim is a grouping and condensation of the Buddha's teachings, and it's designed to gradually take you down the path to enlightenment.

Sat on 18 days this month, totalling 9 hours practice. (18 entries total)


Tue
18
Lamrim Day Fifteen - Taking Another nice sit (cooler temps, slight breeze to keep the heat down).


Mon
17
Lamrim Day Fourteen - Great Compassion Relaxing sit with periods of blissfulness towards the end.


Sun
16
Lamrim day Thirteen - Exchanging Self with Others Not too focused, started every section locked in, and towards the end was wandering. This happe ...


Sat
15
Lamrim Day Twelve - The Advantages of Cherishing Others Very nice sit, locked in, calm, and felt wonderful throughout.


Fri
14
Lamrim Day Eleven - The Disadvantages of Self-Cherishing Indoor sit, and fairly focused given that we had received some semi-bad news in the morning.


Thu
13
Lamrim Day Ten - Equalizing Self and Others very nice outdoor sit, very calm and focused


Wed
12
Lamrim Day Nine - Remembering the Kindness of Living Beings Very pleasant sit with honking geese as the soundtrack. (It was funny: I could hear t ...


Tue
11
Lamrim Day Eight - Recognizing that all living beings are our mother Calm sit with periods of deep focus.


Mon
10
Lamrim Day Seven - Developing Equanimity Nice outdoor sit with my friends the parrots, who happily chattered away until I'd extended metta to the ...


Sun
09
Lamrim Day Six - Developing Renunciation for Samsara Another pretty good sit, indoors this time. I am REALLY looking forward to the arrival of gr ...


Sat
08
Lamrim Day Five - Actions and their Effects A very, very nice sit: Focused, calm, stood up feeling great.


Fri
07
Lamrim Day Four - Refuge Practice I realized during this sit that I need to make a change. My ex-wife suffers from some pretty serious mental il ...


Thu
06
Lamrim Day Three - The Dangers of Lower Rebirth What a difficult sit. Everything was out of whack: A schedule change forced me to sit after lunch ...


Wed
05
Lamrim Day Two - Death and Impermanence Nice sit, went by quickly, but not quite as focused as the day before. No complaints, though, it was an e ...


Tue
04
Lamrim Day One - Our Precious Human Life There area a ton of things that I don't know about my mind, but there are a few things that I do know. T ...


Mon
03
Attention to Thoughts Nice sit, flew right by.


Sun
02
Attention to Thought A bit unfocused during this sit. Maybe because it was so late in the afternoon.


Sat
01
Attention to Thought Decent sit