The 9th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
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During this time, we can use a bowl of earthr a block of clay as our focus object during meditation as part of the Kasina practice for the Earth element. We do not really focus on the details of this object, but we focus on the general qualities. We can also repeat to ourselves, "earth" from time to time in our meditation sessions. Very quickly, we will begin to notice or have various qualities of earth arise in our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.
First, we may notice that there is a very close relationship between our own solidity and the solidity of the objects that we interact with. One is measured on the basis of the other to such a degree that they are practically indistinguishable. Hitting a nail with a pillow has a totally different effect than hitting a nail with a hammer.
We can notice the hardness or texture, the ability to take different shapes, or how shape and size affect the function of an object. The Earth Element can also be very powerfully destructive as can be seen in earthquakes, landslides, and avalaches.
We also spend some time during this practice thinking about the solid parts of our body. Our body is composed of skin, bones, muscles, hair, nails, and teeth. Inside we have organs for sensing, the heart, lungs and blood vessels.
We also have the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen etc that are involved in the processing of food, changing it from external Earth element to internal element. There are even solid components to our liquids of blood, mucus, and bile.
We also pay particular attention to our contact with objects of the outside world and the sensations of touch and the differing textures that come from the contact between our bodies and outside objects.
When we pick something up or touch something, we pay attention to the hardness or softness of the object. We pay attention to texture. We may even notice that situations also have a hardness or softness, a texture to them... This is all an indication of the Earth element.
We also pay attention to Nourishment versus Hunger, Support vs lack of Support, Strength versus Weakness. We pay attention to this within our selves, within other people and even within outside objects. In all of this, we look for the requirements for Balance. In this way, we come to understand the Earth element and Ratna energy.
The Heavenly Stem of the Day pillar is the element that represents you. If the heavenly stem of your day pillar is of Earth (regardless of Yang Earth or Yin Earth), then you are consider a Earth person.
Years ending with the number 8 and 9, for example 1998, 2008, 2028 etc.
Representing Animals (Chinese Horoscope)
Property, Construction, Mining, Chemicals, Insurance, Antiques, Consultancy, Realty etc.
Representing Body Parts/Organs
Stomach, Digestive Organs, Muscles, Spleen, Cheekbone, Nose etc.