Most of us spend a large percentage of our lives at our workplace. How can my work life really support and contribute to my spiritual growth and vice versa? Guest Dharma writer Duncan Cryle shares his experiences in the Fortune 500 workplace.
Comprising our sense of self is the drive for connection and the drive for autonomy. Karma Yoga is the path of applied awareness engaged in activity that when performed mindfully reveals and liberates our sense of isolation and separateness while enriching our individuality and creativity.
One of the archetypes of our times is the superhero – they’re doers, they are trying to make the world a better place and they have powers. The action hero of today with supernormal powers can be a metaphor for an age-old spiritual path called Karma Yoga (the superhero) with siddhis (powers of the mind).
The question is always with us, what happens when we get back to our busy, complex and challenging daily lives? Doug and Catherine Sensei share the importance of ongoing practice in the form of ‘awakening in action’ or karma yoga.
In this vision setting blog post, Doug & Catherine Sensei, invite their students and spiritual community to join them on a path of Awakening in Action. They explain why and how our approaches to practicing Dharma must adapt to the times to continue to be effective for liberation. They articulate a path that encompasses sangha, karma yoga, dharma training and dana as vital components for speedy unfoldment, in the context of our busy modern lives.
How do we bring the path of awakening to our everyday lives? Well the truth is, we need training. We need training on how to bring spacious, blissful, non-clinging awareness into our hectic and busy lives.
Do you want more freedom? And what do you mean by “freedom?” Some think we can uncover our blind spots through “sitting practice,” also called meditation. While it is true one can discover much this way, what we cannot see is how our patterns play out in our daily lives.
Just 10 years ago this teaching was more focused around meditation and individual therapy, and more yogic, that is, dependent on the student-teacher relationships wherever in the world that might be happening. We’ve seen our focus shift to embracing sangha-centered karma yoga and dharma training as key elements of our path.
How will dharma reshape business? When Buddhism went to the Himalayas the dorje was a weapon of war, it was used to kill people. Now it is a symbol of the awakening mind, skill in action. In the same way Tibetan Buddhism transformed the dorje, we can transform business and other organizations.
In our particular spiritual tradition, the keys to success for karma yoga revolve around staying aware in the present moment, and cultivating the bodhisattva vow: dedicating all of our efforts for the benefit of all beings.