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Padmasambhava Drupchen Empowerment Retreat

The Dzogchen San Diego and the Dzogchen Lineage are pleased to announce that Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche will lead a Padmasambhava Drupchen (known in Tibetan as Rigdzin Dupa) and will offer a Guru Rinpoche Empowerment at the 4th annual Dzogchen Winter Retreat starting December 27, 2006 and ending January 4, 2007.

This will be the first empowerment ever given by Khenpo Choga Rinpoche in America. Seating is limited, so please register early.

Click here for more info.

 

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San Antonio Buddhists

The San Antonio Buddhist Meetup group will be meeting again in November at a new location.

For more information, please visit their website: buddhism.meetup.com/455/

 

 
 
 

Roger Cantu - Author of What is Meditation? and other books.

Is IT still the right path for spiritual seekers?


Dear Friends:

For many years, computer programming and other IT jobs have been recommended for meditators and spiritual seekers. Some of the reasons behind this recommendation include the fact that computer programming helps to develop the mind tremendously because you have to concentrate one-pointedly for many hours. In case of database, or SQL programming, you have to spend many hours visualizing complex tables and their relationships to each other - pretty much in the same way you would meditate and focus on a mandala.

In addition to that, IT has created many opportunities for women to advance and earn more money than many other careers. The environment also helps a lot since one is working with a computer, instead of interacting with many human beings and their auras.

Is the IT industry overcrowded?

Not at all – according to Computer World, “The U.S. technology industry added more than 140,000 jobs between January and July of 2006. Nearly double the 78,900 tech jobs added in the first half of 2005. This is the largest growth in tech industry jobs since 2001. However, tech companies are having a hard time filling new positions with qualified candidates. This growth could accelerate if companies were better able to get qualified workers for these positions.”

According to CIO Magazine, “Qualified IT professionals are in high demand and that demand is going to increase more and more.”

There was never been a better time to work in the IT environment. I highly recommend to everyone who is out there looking for a career change to carefully examine the world of computer science.

As an IT professional myself, I can tell you that there is a great opportunity for growth and development here – not only as a career, but as a way to develop your mind and concentration skills, which truly helps your meditation practice.

Book Review - The Passionate Heart

The Passionate Heart is the spiritual revelation and memoir of author Zoe Ann Nicholson, whose lifetime of political feminism and activism was incorporated the transformation and elevation of learning ancient Tibetan meditation techniques. Revealing what life was like inside a private Buddhist community where students were taught to integrate Western practicalities with Eastern self-discovery paths to enlightenment, The Passionate Heart is a moving, dynamic, and true story of dedication, study, exploration and spiritual growth.

Music Review - State of Grace III

The chant craze has been over for a decade, but Paul Schwartz continues with his State of Grace project, setting Latin texts and hymns to modern settings. On the third album in the series, he leads with his strong suit, the powerful, impassioned voice of Lisbeth Scott. She's been the featured singer with State of Grace since the first album, which no doubt led to her being the voice of John Debney's score to The Passion of the Christ. Over a chugging electronica beat, she intones the Latin hymn "Christe Redemptor" like a plea to a lost lover, recalling her performance on "Veni Redemptor Gentium" from the first CD.

Scott shines throughout the album, including on the urgent plea of "To You" and the Abbess Hildegard-like strains of "Somnium." Schwartz has a good ear for the ancient, but perhaps it's beginning to sound antique even to him. That may be why the album sounds like such a hodgepodge of neo-gothic pop-classical romanticism. There are orchestral opuses ("Lux Aeterna") and a piano-violin duet ("Soledad"), gospel hymns ("Beams of Heaven") and pop songs that wouldn't sound out of place on a Celine Dion album ("Center of My Heart"). It tends to undermine his initial concept without providing a breakthrough into something new.

Excerpts from the Book "Insights" by Rama Dr. Frederick Lenz

Simplify

Simplify your life.
It's really that simple!
Simplify your life by removing the thoughts
From your mind that cause you so much pain.
Simplify your life by removing the
Fears and doubts from your mind
That cause you so much pain.
Simplify your life until
Only happiness remains!

 
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