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Shempa

topic posted Sun, September 21, 2008 - 9:51 AM by  Avoué d'Arra...
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There is a concept in Thibetan Buddhism known as “Shempa” ( strange enough, shempia would mean stupid in some Latino languages) a shempa is a place where we are “hooked.” It’s something that gets under our skin, that works its way into our mind and we find after a while we can’t stop thinking about it and letting it go is difficult. Shempas are little irritants that work away at the mind. They can, if nourished, become very strong and powerful. A shempa is an addiction to a way of thinking – a (seemingly) justified projection. The ego speaks first and loudest and this past year as the readers of Miracles know, a shempa came my way and I let it take my peace away.
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  • Re: Shempa

    10/15
    Just sounds like sneaky old attachment to this old mind
    • Re: Shempa

      10/16
      Yes, attachment is the usual translation of shenpa.

      Pema Chodron speaks about it in her book "When Things Fall Apart" and in this article which predates the book I think: www.shambhala.org/teachers/...enpa3a.php
      • Re: Shempa

        10/18
        Thoughts are part of the foreign install called the psyche, a parasite copy of the inorganic personal devil's own mental complex.

        Well, that is one way to put it. I like Zen simplicity. Big mind, little mind:)
        • Re: Shempa

          10/18
          Please cite the Sanskrit or Tibetan source for such a statement.

          "Psyche" is the English rendering for the Greek word "Psuxe" meaning
          "soul." Since Buddhism presents the Anatman doctrine, no-self, there is
          not now, nor has there ever been a psyche. Nothing instaled, nothing
          foreign, nothing having characteristics of being either organic or inorganic...
  • Re: Shempa

    10/19
    One of the things in the film "What the Bleep do We Know?" that was accurate and very "profound" was the section on how the brain is able to build and reinforce thoughts/emotions/habits/paterns, etc by the structuring and restructuring of neuron pathways. I will use myself as an example (from experience). I take a series of Chemistry classes which I don't do well in (for whatever reason). Because of said non-exemplary performance, I think to myself "I suck at Chemistry." Well, when I say this a few more times, I not only start to think it, I start to believe it. The believing comes from the formation of a new pathway in the brain that has been reinforced and made more solidified by said negative thought process. It's possible to destabalize the bonds that connect those pathways, causing them to degrade and form in other ways that reinforce positive thoughts/emotions, etc by getting yourself out of that mindset. You need to break yourself of that need to have the negativity. So, tell yourself you do not suck at chemistry, that you are actually quite good at it. I know, it sounds quite inane, but it can really have a substantial effect upon your outlook and how you function.