Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas

Updated 4 years 2 weeks ago

The point of the project for me was so that I could have a chance to see the role that spirituality plays in the lives of people from cultures other than my own, and then seeing if that somehow affects my view of my own spirituality. This journey will not end when the Microcampus trip does.

This project was never about pleasing an audience. The audience is myself so that I can reflect and see where I go from what I have learned. 

My plan for sharing my work is to make a portfolio of all the poems I wrote, journal thoughts, and other things related to my spirituality that I have been thinking about during this trip.

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Buddhism Related References

Dear Cassandra,
I am impressed with your progress. I wanted to give you some reference/resource material. My intention is not to overwhelm you. I tried adding this comment in your resource information section, however, this website will not allow me to import it there. Here are some of the books I have related to Buddhism;

1. Buddhism-The Illustrated Guide, 2004, Duncan Baird Publishers, London, By Kevin Trainer, 256 pgs.
2. The Best Buddhist Writing, 2006, Edited by Melvin McLeod, Shambhala Publications, Inc., 327 pgs.
3. The Essential Dalai Lama-His Important Teachings, 2005,Published by the Penguin Group, 274 pgs.
4. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying-A New Spiritual Classic from One of the Foremost Interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, 1993, Edited by Patrick Gaffney and Andrew Harvey, HarperSanFrancisco, A Division of Harper Collins Publishers, 425 pgs.
5. Destructive Emotions-How Can We Overcome Them? An Extraordinary Collaboration Between Buddhist Scholars and Western Psychologists, Neuroscientists and Philosophers, 2004, A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama, Narrated by Daniel Goleman, New Yor Times Bstselling Author of Emotional Intelligence, Published by Bantam Dell, A Division of Random House, Inc., New York, 424 pgs.
6. Taming the Tiger Within-Meditations on Transforming Difficult Emotions, 2004, The Berkley Publishing Group, 293 pgs.
7. Personal Communications, The Birken Forest Monastery, near Kamloops, British Columbia. I have found valuable resources, including a rich library of Buddhist publications. Check out some of their online resources on subjects you are researching. It may save you some time. I have gained enlightenment from the local monks here. Here is there link Cass.

http://birken.ca/about

Again, this is not to overwhelm. It is to enlighten you as best as I can. The above is to hopefully buttress up your already excellent start on investigating the supportive resources available. G'night... :)

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I am grateful for being invited by your peers and leaders there, to be able to share this with you. May your consciousness be like a sponge.

There is an incredible melding of minds from eastern Buddhism and western neuroscience around destructive emotions... Scientists are mind mapping positive emotions like compassion, on fMRI brain scans, as well as doing exciting mind mapping of individuals with various mental illnesses, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Alzheimer's, strokes, etc. and identifying what portions of the brain have been injured or dysfunctional. Neuroscientists are also proving with their research that expressing positive emotions on a consistent basis heals and expands the minds ability to form new neuron pathways which can now be measured by science...

I have read in the literature, regarding Buddhism, that besides its obvious description as a form of spirituality, many Buddhist texts reference it as being the foundation of psychology, or the study of the mind...

Besides the strength and enduring nature of the Buddhist tenants, covenants, meditation, rituals, what sold me on Buddhism personally was that it gave me significant assurance that it was rooted in science and the study of the mind.. You will read a lot about being mindful, or cultivating mindfulness in the Buddhist way and I love this way of communicating how we must be conscious in order for us to have a chance of being enlightened.

More recently I have been drawn to the film, "What the Bleep Do We Know", which is a film on Quantum Physics and spirituality and consciousness... Some of the leading neuroscientists, physicists, micro-biologists and spiritual leaders discuss consciousness and transmuting reality at depth... It is fascinating and gave me recent insights regarding how each one of us, by our very thoughts, can actually transform reality... The link to this film is as follows;

http://www.whatthebleep.com/index2.shtml

Again, I do not want to convert you, or bore you, with too much details.. These are some of the things I have been interested as of late around my spirituality and personal growth. I thought it might stimulate and empower you to think outside the box..

With all this new learning, I hope you can find the time to rest, renew and recharge... Namaste Cass :) G'night

Hey! I'm Cass! I love exploring and I am loving this amazing adventure! I am so excited to continue diving into the mysteries of spirituality and discovering the beautiful things that the world has to offer!