27 Nov 2006 10:55 pm
Samadhi Pada – Sutra 2
Posted by Dipita
yogash: yoga (is)
chitta: (of) mind-field
vritti: fluctuations, modifications, operations, activities
nirodhah: control, dissolution, cessation, suspension
yogash chitta vritti nirodhah:
yoga is the control (cessation, suspension) of the fluctuation of the mind
According to Patanjali, this sutra defines yoga. According to Patanjali, the mind consists of three parts: manas (the recording faculty which receives the impressions gathered by the senses from the outside world,) buddhi (the discriminative faculty which classifies these impressions and reacts to them – the intelligence) and ahmakara (the ego-sense which claims these impressions for its own and stores them up as individual knowledge.)
Although nirodhah is literally translated as ‘control’ or ‘restraint’ in sanskrit, it sometimes doesn’t make sense in terms of yoga – if we are controlling the mind, then there must be some entity that’s controlling the mind… So I like what Gregory Maehle says about this – instead of control, it should be the suspending or calming and ceasing of the mind.
Question: why control/suspend/cease the fluctuations of the mind?
Some answers: to be more clear, to be present, negating past and future expecations
to give yourself the opportunity to respond vs react
to be present, to be content
practice no control, having no mind, don’t think of the mind
like the wild-horse carriage – you need to train your mind to go in the right direction (hope I got this right..)
I like how Gregorey Maehle puts it:
“The way to realize consciousness is through a passive suspending, calming and ceasing of mind-waves, which is possible only through insight, wisdom, intelligence and knowledge.”
So how do we do this??
27 Nov 2006 08:47 pm
Samadhi Pada Sutra 1
Posted by Dipita
We have restarted the sutra discussions on moondays from 6:30-7:30am at YiY. We thought it would be nice to keep notes of the discussions so that those who can’t participate physically may still participate or even have an option to find out more about a particular sutra. We are going to try the format of having each sutra be a sub-category of the sutra discussion so that we can add comments per sutra vs. per discussion. The intention is that in the future if someone wanted to find out about a particular sutra, they could just go to that sutra or we can add comments on a particular sutra at any time. Hope this format works for all.
Samadhi Pada, Sutra 1:
atha yoganushasanum: (now, at this moment, begins the instruction of yoga following a past tradition)
Atha: (meaning now)
yoga: (of yoga)
anu: within or following a tradition (passed on from previous teachers)
shasanum: instruction, discipline, teaching
Discussion here was what yoga means and there was some discussion on the various schools of thoughts – the dualistic one (where there are two seperate realities (nature – prakrti and consciousness – purusha) and then non-dualistic one (where there is one underlying reality and yoga is the merging or uniting with this reality.)
27 Nov 2006 03:47 pm
Zen Center Open House
Posted by Philippe
Several people have expressed interest to my earlier post about the Zen Center Kannondo having moved, so I thought I’d post this announcement about their open house:
Neighborhood Open House
The Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center
at 1972 Rock Street
will be hosting an Open House on
Saturday, December 2
From 12:00 – 3:00 PM
You are cordially invited to meet the members of the center,
visit the beautiful new meditation hall, or ask
any questions you might have about Buddhism,
the Center’s activities, or Zen practice in daily life.
Please stop by for refreshments and conversation
We look forward to seeing you
26 Nov 2006 03:55 pm
Anne Teaching this Tuesday Nov. 28
Posted by Philippe
As most of you know Anne Finstad is visiting Mountain View this week.
Adarsh and Heleen are on holiday so she will be teaching a morning class with me this Tuesday November 28.
As a reminder, here is how the week shapes up with teachers:
Tuesday 11/28: Philippe + Anne
Wednesday 11/29: Philippe + Dave
Thursday 11/30: Beata + Dave
Friday 12/1: Philippe (led class as usual)
Sunday 12/3: Philippe + Dave
Monday 12/4: Moonday (Sutra Study Group [updated] 6:30-7:30am)
24 Nov 2006 07:09 pm
Video: Tim Miller Led Primary Series
Posted by elad
I just got a DVD of Tim Miller leading the primary series back in the late 80s. I am happy to lend it to anyone who wants to watch it. Tim Miller was the first American to be certified by AYRI and was one of the early American students of Guruji.
Some fun and entertaining things about this led primary series DVD:
1) The students in the class are “real people”. This means that: (a) you get to see Tim walk around and give adjustments, which I found informative to watch/learn from (b) some of the students mug self-aware extremely tired expressions halfway through the series including one guy who keeps grinning into the video camera as you see him cheat on postures (I found this personally inspiring)
2) Tim gives quick demos of each posture and makes some interesting points about getting into some of them – quit informative
3) Everyone is wearing late 80s exercise clothes including leopard pattern leotards – this is entertaining in its own right (note: Michael Jackson soundtrack not included with video)
Anyhow, if anyone wants to borrow it, let me know and I will bring it in.
20 Nov 2006 07:18 pm
Thanksgiving Mysore class
Posted by heleen-adarsh
Please note that we will be open for Mysore class on Thursday and Friday from 7:30-9:30.
Brunch with Anne at Laurel’s Nov 26
Posted by redleafive
We are lucky to have Anne Finstad (and we hope Einar, too!) coming down from Portland for the holiday. (For those who are new, she was one of our early Ashtanga teachers here for how many yrs, Anne? I know she would love to meet you if you are new to YIY!)
It will be Sunday after Thanksgiving, the 26th after 9:30am
Anne has agreed to join us for practice and breakfast after at my house 505 Mountain View Ave. in Mtn. View. It is a potluck as usual. Bring veggie dishes or drinks or just yourself!
Anytime after 9:30 would be fine and it will go to around 1:00 or so, so come later if you’d like, too.
14 Nov 2006 11:16 am
Posted by heleen-adarsh
The Yoga Sutras discussion group will begin on the New Moon morning of Monday November 20. I figure that the session will be about an hour long and will consist of chanting, translation and discussion of those sutras. We are trying to set a time that works best for those interested parties.
We will set the time for 6:30-7:30.
I hope that everyone will enjoy this group.
13 Nov 2006 01:12 am
fave local vegie restaurants (for soup)
Posted by wiseorchid
philippe suggested we post this a while back and i’m finally getting to it.
others have posted about indian restaurants so here are some non-indian ones:
(1) the vegan Garden Fresh restaurant is minutes from YiY on El Camino by Baskin Robbins. it’s hard to find vegetarian soups (and i love soups) and this is one place that has several – hot & sour, corn chowder, “chicken” curry noodle soup. their food is mostly Chinese and they are SUPER friendly. you don’t even have to order a soup ‘cuz they’ll give you a complimentary cup of corn chowder with any meal.
(2) i always seem to end up at the vegan Bay Leaf Cafe in downtown Palo Alto when they’re closed on Sundays or Mondays. but when you can hit it, it’s yummy and healthy and a cozy environ. this is a good option for vegie soup and salad type meals.
for vegetarian pho noodle soup, Pho Hoa (the main joint in downtown Mountain View) and Zao Noodle in downtown Palo Alto unfortunately both are no longer options. Pho Hoa got rid of their vegie broth recently and Zao Noodle took their vegie noodle soup off their menu about a year ago. (Zao has other yummy vegie options though.)
the closest options i know of now are:
(1) Pho Vi Hoa at the intersection of san antonio and el camino. yummy but with a bit of MSG in the broth.
(2) Tung Kee Noodle House at San Antonio Shopping Center near Trader Joe’s. not as good as Pho Vi Hoa but cheaper. you can request “vegetarian. just water. no chicken broth” and they are able to do it. but you have to be clear about it, especially if English is the second language of the wait person. repeat it twice! you also can’t be too anal ‘cuz they’re fast food enough that there’s no guarantee the spoons and pots aren’t contaminated. sometimes you’ll find a meat bit floating around.
i’d love to know if others have found good options around town.
08 Nov 2006 09:20 pm
St. Jude’s workshop
Posted by heleen-adarsh
A reminder of the St. Jude workshop this Saturday (2-4pm). This will be a great chance to practice together (on a Saturday no doubt) in support of a great vision. www.stjude.org
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