Buddhadharma - Home Transforming Meditations | How to Meditate Meditation is a method for acquainting our mind with virtue. The more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness. If we train our mind to become peaceful we shall be happy all the time, even in the most adverse conditions, but if our mind is not peaceful, then even if we have the most pleasant external conditions we shall not be happy. Therefore it is important to train our mind through meditation. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness. There are two types of meditation: analytical meditation and placement meditation. Since most of the problems we experience when we are new to meditation come from overstraining at placement meditation, it is important to be moderate and avoid becoming tense from exerting too much pressure.
Self and the Way Buddhist Geeks - Download free podcast episodes by Personal Life Media on iTunes. How to Meditate Note: These instructions are drawn from the vipassana traditions of Mahasi Sayadaw and Chao Khun Bhavanapirama Thera. It is assumed the reader is familiar with the article, What is Vipassana? Contents This article offers step-by-step instructions for nine insight meditation exercises, as well as a detailed explanation of mindful eating, hints on dealing with problems such as wandering mind, sleepiness, disturbing mental images, unpleasant emotions, and more. The following exercises are not necessarily listed in order of difficulty. To start, choose one or two exercises and practice them daily. If there's something you don't understand at first, please don't let that daunt you. Although these Buddhist meditation exercises come from the traditions of the Burmese teacher Mahasi Sayadaw and the Thai teacher Chao Khun Bhavanapirama Thera, you don't have to be a Buddhist to practice them. [Note: This information is not meant to substitute for the guidance of a qualified instructor. Clothing Pain
Self and the Way Urban Dharma - Buddhism in America Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Quieting the Mind Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Todd Goldfarb at the We The Change blog. Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area. The practice comes with a myriad of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general feeling of happiness. Although a great number of people try meditation at some point in their lives, a small percentage actually stick with it for the long-term. The purpose of this article is to provide 20 practical recommendations to help beginners get past the initial hurdles and integrate meditation over the long term: 1) Make it a formal practice. 2) Start with the breath. 4) Meditate with Purpose. 5) Notice frustration creep up on you. 6) Experiment. 7) Feel your body parts. 8) Pick a specific room in your home to meditate. 9) Read a book (or two) on meditation. is terrific for beginners. 10) Commit for the long haul. 11) Listen to instructional tapes and CDs. 13) Make sure you will not be disturbed.
The Sacrifices That Lead to Happiness “As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.” -Eckhart Tolle This weekend, a reader presented an interesting question about letting go of old beliefs and attitudes to make room for happiness and open up to a relationship. He suggested that this would require a lot of sacrifice on his part, and would leave him humbled and lost—as if he’s somehow “giving in” and losing touch with who he really is. He asked how he can reconcile the instinct to change with his resistance to becoming something he is not. I suspect a lot of us struggle with this. For a long time, I believed people were basically selfish, which made me feel constantly defensive. But the reality was that my defensiveness hurt me more than anything anyone else had ever done—and for far longer. We are not the beliefs that we, at one point, decided serve and protect us. Of course letting go of these will feel like giving in if we believe they define us. Photo by Aschaf
Meaning of the Medicine Buddha Mantra 1. OM: we begin with Om, the under-current tone of the universe 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. (my prayer shall go to the highest and the widest and the deepest) 17. Explanation of the meaning of the Mantra Bekandze means eliminating pain, maha bekandze means great eliminating of pain. The second bekandze eliminates all the true cause of suffering, which is not external but within the mind. Scientists claim that intense exposure to the sun causes skin cancer. For example, not everyone who sunbathes on the beach gets skin cancer. If someone has created the cause, as long as they do not do anything to purify it, the cause will definitely bring its own result; just as a seed that is planted will definitely result in a sprout as long as it is not eaten by birds, and so forth. So, the second bekandze refers to eliminating the cause of problems, karma motivated by disturbing thoughts.