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Just Mindfulness Is Enough – Part 1

November 11, 2008

The main concern is whether awareness is there or not. Not the object.Just observe: Is there knowing or forgetfulness, collected mind or scattered mind?All these techniques can be combined and used, all in one sitting if that helps to keep attention flowing.You don’t need the aid of samatha-anapana, etc. in order to boost your concentration. Just mindfulness is enough.You can just keep it simple when dealing with hindrances. Just Z them! With your Super Mindfulness eyes!Keep reading and writing to an absolute minimum and do it mindfully or it interferes with the momentum.If you are already tired, the motivation in your practice is not wholesome. Check that out. Tension might also be behind that.Present moment: at’s what we do here. If you practise like this everything will be revealed to you because everything is in present moment. Nibbana is in present moment! Consciousness is energy.Every thought is a different mind.Just observe, don’t fight.e mind doesn’t need to be tense because the object is tense or whatever. e mind watches calmly. (Actually tension can only be felt in the mind, tension is in the mind but the observing mind can be relaxed.)

from – Contemplation of the Mind

What is The Right Attitude for Meditation – Part 2

November 5, 2008

experience-scared-meditationObject Although you look at the body you don’t see the body you only look at the object; that is the sensations that you want to focus on. So depending on where you are practising you might find you are doing the same thing using different technique.When you have wandering mind it’s not ‘You’, that’s the nature of the mind. Stop blaming it on your self.If you look at an object directly, the mind in order to know has to visualise the object and in visualising, form always comes in. So concept is not lost.When you look at the mind and you know that the mind is not doing any kind of visualisation then you know you are at real paramattha.en you get to Dhammanupassana.Real paramattha then is Dhammanupassana.What is real paramattha? Real paramattha has only its characteristics, when you see the object you see only its characteristics, the characteristics are changing, are impermanent.When you get to real paramattha you don’t know this is heat, cold, tension. You just know that this is the changing nature of the object.e object is just object, all objects become the same as well, because identification with heat is still identification. Because identification is just a sense of what it is and it is changing.When you look through the mind you don’t think, where does this object come from, that is why you get closer to paramattha. Absolute reality.Because the object comes into the mind you don’t have to identify with the object any more. Because you know this object, object, object! Object has only one nature: Object.If you know that you are relaxed, that’s object. You can’t say that you don’t know of anything.So if you don’t think that you know of object you still know your state or mind.Later things won’t be subtle any longer, keep acknowledging that awareness is still present. You can watch your wandering mind but don’t get involved.

From – Contemplation of the Mind

What is The Right Attitude for Meditation – Part 1

November 4, 2008

meditateWhat is The Right Attitude for Meditation(the centre’s own pamphlet for yogis)the most important thing when you are meditating is to have the right attitude. When meditating:Don’t focus too hardDon’t controlDon’t try to create somethingDon’t force or restrict yourselfDon’t try to create anythingBut don’t reject what is happeningBut as things happen or stop happening, don’t forget. Be aware of them.Trying to create something is lobha (greed). Rejecting what is happening is dosa (aversion). Not knowing if something is happening or has stopped happening is moha (delusion).Only when the observing mind has no lobha, dosa, nor soka (worry-anxiety) inside it, then the meditating mind will arise.You have to double check to see what attitude you are meditating with. You have to accept and watch both good and bad experiences. You only want good experiences. You don’t want even the tiniest unpleasant experience. Is this fair? Is this the way of the Dhamma?Don’t have any expectations. Don’t want anything. Don’t be anxious. Because if these attitudes are in your mind, it becomes difficult to meditate.Why are you focusing so hard when you meditate? You want something to stop happening? It is likely that one of these attitudes is there you are practising.You cannot practise when the mind is tense. If the mind and body are getting tired it is time to check the way you are meditating.Meditation is waiting and watching with awareness and comprehension-understanding.Not thinking, not reflecting, not judging.Don’t practise with a mind that wants something or wants something to happen. e only result will be that you will tire yourself.e meditating mind should be relaxed and at peace.Both the mind and the body should be comfortable. A light and free mind enables you to meditate well. Do you have the right attitude? Meditating is, whatever happens good or bad, accepting, relaxing and watching it.What is the mind doing? inking? Or being aware?Where is the mind now? Inside? Or outside?Is the watching-observing mind properly aware? Or only superficially aware?You are not trying to make things turn out the way you want it to happen. You are trying to know what is happening as it is.Don’t feel disturbed by the thinking mind. You are not supposed to reject the object (phenomena — things that are happening — being known).You are to know (and thus note-observe) the defilements that arise because of the object and thus remove them.Only when there is Saddha, (faith) Viriya (effort) will arise.Only when there is Viriya, Sati will become continuous.Only when Sati is continuous, Samadhi will become continuous.Only then Samadhi is established, then you will know things as they really are.When you start to know things as they really are, Saddha then increases further.Just pay attention to what is, exactly in the present moment.Don’t go back to the past!Don’t plan for the future!e object is not important.e mind that is working in the background, working to be aware i.e. the observing-watching mind, is more important.If the observing-watching mind is done with the right attitude the object will be the right object.

from – Contemplation of the Mind

Walking Meditation

August 23, 2008

Walking Meditation helps to focus the mind. Since we are walking almost throughout the day, being mindful of our movements helps us in being more aware, which is one of the aims of meditation. Walking meditation can increase the duration of our concentration.

In walking meditation, we have to pay attention to the walking process. Concentrate on the movement of the legs, how they go back and forth, the left leg, the right leg and so on. Feel the sensations in the legs while you walk. Concentrate on the lifting and placing of the foot. Separate the movements of lifting, moving and placing. When we make the effort to lift the leg, only then will the leg be lifted. It must be accurately placed on the ground otherwise the body may lose balance and fall. Complete mindfulness is required in walking. This leads to concentration. As we develop insight, we start seeing each movement more clearly. As soon as the brain gives the command to lift, within a second, the leg is lifted. We come to the conclusion that mind causes matter, the brain gives the command and the body follows the command. If we feel too hot while walking, the brain commands the body to look for and move to a shady place. However, the witness or the mind watches and realises that all these actions are impermanent, since they appear and disappear almost immediately. Can you identify each movement of your leg while walking? Every step comes and goes in a fraction of a second and cannot be differentiated from each other. This happens because of the law of cause and effect.

walking meditation2Walking Meditation is an important part of Buddhist Meditation. The meditators are first supposed to complete the Walking Meditation and then sit for the Sitting Meditation. Buddha’s eight fold path speaks of the right view or understanding, right thought or aim, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration. In walking meditation, we are able to fulfil five of these eight tenets i.e right effort, right mindfulness, right thought or right aim, right concentration and lastly right view when we get an insight into the law of cause and effect. When all these factors are present, we are fully conscious or aware.

As we keep watching the movements coming and going, we become free of all delusions and watch the world as phenomena which keep appearing and disappearing. This is similar to standing at the roadside and watching cars passing by, the example to which Gurumaa refers time and again. For a little while you are aware of the car, its colour, model, speed and the people inside it and then it vanishes. So it is with the phenomena of the world, it is here this moment and gone the next. So, the state of viewing all situations as a witness starts becoming permanent. We get freed from the illusion of permanence and continuity. We realize that what is here this moment, is gone the next. We start living each moment as best as we can as we realize that it is not going to come back again. Do you remember the song,’Aane waala pal jaane waala hai, ho sake to isme zindagi bita do, pal jo ye jaane waala hai?’ How apt. Careful attention in walking meditation frees us from all illusions. The happenings in the world do not affect us any more.

The benefits of walking meditation are :

  • One develops strong legs and can walk long distances.
  • It increases the stamina required for meditation since apart from the effort of walking i.e. lifting, moving and placing, we are to concentrate on the whole process of the movements which are enabling the body to move i.e. awareness of the movements.
  • Too much sitting makes us sloth and fat, it restricts our movement. It makes our body stiff and gives rise to aches and pains. So, a balance between sitting and walking is required in meditation.
  • Walking assists in digestion.
  • Walking meditation helps in improving concentration since we keep ourselves aware of the movements of the body.

Regain Your Life and Health With Chakra Meditation

August 22, 2008

Meditation has been around for around two thousand years, it’s been a way of life for mankind. In fact every religion that is practiced by men uses some sort of meditation as a way of achieving a higher form of spiritual consciousness.

At first meditation was used by religious priests, for a while now even ordinary people have been employing meditation as a way to discover the several benefits that meditation offers.

Meditation isn’t hard in fact what it is really is the simple practice of concentrating and the intense focus on sounds, objects, ideas, breathing, action or even movement that will allow you to intensify perception, cut down on stress, ehance your relaxation, and gain a personal and spiritual growth.

When meditation was first out it originally was only practiced along with some sort of religious traditions to build your spiritual belief higher, but now it is used by several people to help relieve different stresses and pains.

Western medical practitioners are realizing that meditation has help people to cope with different health issues, so they are beginning to promote it to their patients more and more. In fact they have begun to use it along with medicines to help and relieve aches and pains for several people.

It is very interesting that medical clinics and even hospitals are starting to offer the practice of meditation as a method for several of their patients to improve their health. In fact meditation has begun to be used as a method of treatment of some diseases. Also it’s being used as a way of improving overall quality of life for people who are suffering with chronic, debilitating or even incurable illnesses.

Current health care application of meditation focuses on three particular approaches: transcendental meditation, relaxation response meditation and mindfulness meditation (also referred to as mindfulness-based stress reduction).

Meditation centers on the seven major chakras, which correspond to the body’s major endocrine glands, the power and of course the environment of the universe.

By practicing meditation for at least 30 minutes daily greatly contributes to the balanced and harmonious interdependent functions of the body’s major chakras with one another.

The energy flows from the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras while meditating your entire body’s biological, emotional and spiritual aspects will be equally nourished and balanced, while this is happening the physical, emotional, and spiritual toxins are cleansed from the body.

Since chakra meditation requires deep concentration the uninterrupted flow of energy into the body also gives a boost to the major chakras (and their corresponding endocrine counterparts).

A neat way to look at it is a turbocharger for your body, or even a catalytic converter that will gather outside energy and harness it and channel it out to the different parts of the body and the chakras.

And since these energy centers (chakras) are part of our body’s physical and metaphysical manifestations, their fine tuned performance affect our daily lives, directly or indirectly, emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually.

You have several ways that you can practice the art of chakra meditation, but no matter how you go about doing the meditation you biggest step in the chakra meditation is to allow the state of focus to go and spread throughout the whole body.

Although results are not achievable in a short time, you will gradually realize that chakra meditation will eventually give you a different and more positive outlook in terms of your thought processes and in your perception and understanding of events and behaviors. Meditation; excellent benefits have been acknowledged as responsible for people having better lives, both physically and emotionally.

The most notable effect of chakra meditation is that a person’s ability to concentrate and awareness are greatly enhanced even only after a week. Imagine if you are performing chakra meditation for years!

Also other noted benefits of chakra meditation are heightened creativity, better resourcefulness because of better perception. Also another proven benefit of chakra meditation is people tend to sleep much better and deeper, thus they will awake more refreshed in the morning, and overall health will also benefit by getting deeper sleep.

If you practice daily chakra meditations you will also notice a great reduction in the level of stress in all areas of your life. Because you will have better control over your emotions and better patience

Generally, overall health and well-being is greatly improved when meditation becomes a part of your daily routine. It helps to lower blood pressure which in turn can help prevent strokes and heart disease. It can also help reduce the effect of stress on people who suffer from chronic illnesses.

Even if you are only able to practice meditation for half an hour a day you will be able to notice a more healthy and productive life.

Walking Meditation

August 18, 2008

Walking meditation is a type of dynamic or active meditation, which means meditation in action. Walking meditation is a type of meditation exercise where the meditators slowly walk a set path and observe the entire act of walking with complete awareness of the whole body and each step taken along with maintaining a link with breathing. It is recommended to choose a fixed walking path that can be circular or quadrangular so that meditators do not have to worry about where they are going and can give complete attention to on the act of walking.

The focus in walking meditation is to become aware and mindful of the entire experience of walking. The several different types of walking meditations are based on the way in which walking meditators meditate. The most popular and effective walking meditation is where meditators watch all their movements frame by frame and as closely as a camera would capture them. Another way of carrying out a walking meditation is to practice it as a variation of Vipassana Meditation, which was introduced by Gautama Buddha. Walking in Vipassana requires the mediators to pay attention to the contact of each foot as it touches the ground. Other obstacles such as thoughts or traffic faced in the course of meditation are simply to be noticed and observed, and then the mediators can redirect their attention gently to the walk. Walking in Vipassana is similar to sitting Vipassana meditation but the movement is helpful for some and can be a welcome change.

Walking meditation creates awareness among the meditators regarding outside objects such as objects they might trip over or other people that they might walk into. Other external influences such as wind, sun, rain, and the sounds of nature, humans and machines also help increase the awareness of surroundings and the Self. Walking meditation is also more effective as it is easier for most people to be more intensely and more easily aware of their bodies while walking, as compared to sitting.

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No Shortcuts to Spiritual Enlightenment

March 3, 2008
A single Shakyamuni Buddha, a Lord Jesus Christ, a Saint Mahavira, a Lord Krishna, a Mahayogi Pantanjali, a Guru Nanak have a massive lasting impact on the whole of humanity, so tell me something, if there was a school, institute, program or person with a short cut solution for pumping out enlightened folks by the dozens would not humanity be in better shape than it is? Would not the message of love and peace spread and penetrate society at least to a larger extent than today, where it seems to be almost non-existent?OK, forget that argument, think about this, would not this saint-producing factory have a line twenty miles long outside of aspirants and be all over the news? This is the Internet age, the age of information, a time where multiple 24/7 news channels thrive, where small news in a remote corner of the world shows up at your doorstep almost instantly. So given that, would not this incredible nirvana factory be the talk of the town? Wouldn’t all the spiritual junkies be flocking to it? But the last time I tuned into CNN, the news was still who just died, alas, I might have missed the grand opening.OK, forget that argument, think about this, the monks and yogis of old retreated to the mountains and forests for decades to practice meditation. Were they mad, incompetent, or masochistic? Were they just plain dumb and clueless to the fact that there was a quick fix available? Could it be that these potent, massive human beings just all kept missing the short cut? These fellows have practiced meditation for thousands of years and all of them never discovered the short cut! No, sorry my friend there is no short cut, but if you are still not convinced I will continue with some more reasons below.

Let’s look at life. Getting in shape takes hard work, mastering an art can take a lifetime, learning a science, skill or language can take years, but you figured that the greatest art of all, the highest accomplishment possible to man, would be made possible via a 20 minute CD! Sorry, it will not be handed to you on a silver platter no matter what the salesman says.

And speaking of salesman, that is probably the best clue of all that something is amiss. The one trait that is common across all the definitions of enlightenment is compassion. Does it really make sense that a fully awakened enlightened person, who is supposed to be completely free, full of joy, bliss and compassion, decides he would rather be a businessman and only help you if you pay him? He decides to rake in the cash to buy his third BMW since he is just not quite satisfied with having a Buddha Mind? If the source feels more like a business than a genuine place to help guide you, be warned – you are about to be conned. No, my friend, don’t waste your money, there are no short cuts and I will tell you something else, it is not ever possible to have one.

Enlightenment cannot be brought about through any act of will. It comes on its own and goes on its own. No formula can produce it, no method can create it, and no path can take you to it. Any effort on your part to bring about enlightenment only strengthens the noose of desire and perpetuates self-centered activity, so no outside solution can possibly work for this condition. To illuminate this point the following traditional example is often used.

Think of your life as a movie. Reality is what is happening on the screen, everything that takes place is in the movie; the Truth is the screen itself. It is forever hidden by the images moving on it. It only becomes visible when the movie stops playing. Any willful attempt to stop the movie just adds another theme, another story line and the show goes on. Any angle you undertake is another scene in your movie. This movie has to stop itself and when it does the Truth becomes visible.

All you can do is watch the movie. As you watch and study the movie you start to see its monotony and meaninglessness. You start to see the pettiness of being endlessly drawn into your self-centered drama. This is the beginning of the end. Keep watching carefully, meticulously, and diligently. This watching leads to the movie ending itself. Then you may be blessed with the Truth. So next time someone comes up to you and tries to sell you magic beads of enlightenment, politely show them the garbage can.