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Meditation

?
Meditation is:
Mystical practice
Stop thinking
Way to different realms
Asian thing
Right?
Meditation is:
Mystical practice
Stop thinking
Way to different realms
Asian thing
Meditation
bhavana (sanskrit)
the repeated practice of
generating and focusing on a
beneficial state of mind in
order to bu...
What kind of
states ?
More relaxed, less tensed and
worried
More focused and quieter
With more understanding of
ourselves and life
With more lov...
Why would I
want to
meditate ?
Because worried mind:
•

makes us troubled

•

causes unhappiness

•

prevents us from
functioning at our best

•

ruins o...
So it is a problem. And if we see
it as a problem, out goal is to get
rid of state of a worried mind.
We might be complete...
But
It is unrealistic to
think that meditation
alone will solve all
our problems.
Meditation is a tool;
it’s a method.
And of course
meditation could
also be used to
build up a
negative state of
mind
Example:
I could meditate on how terrible
my enemy is.
I could use meditation to
develop hatred,
which then causes me to s...
But that’s not how
meditation is
generally used.
Meditation is
something you do
just with your mind
not with your body
We need:
not just to be able to generate that
state of mind while sitting quietly in
meditation, but to build up this
posi...
Example:
we find ourselves losing our tempers with
someone
we immediately notice it and remind
ourselves, either consciousl...
Conditions
for meditation
candles
incense
music

not necessary
!

quiete
clean
neat
place
necessary
How to do it?
1

meditation on breath
to have blank mind
to turn mind off
to stop thinking
Goal: to quiet the mind
Aim is to quiet all
disturbing* states of
mind
*anger, craving, ignorance, wandering
We want to achieve a
state of mind:
!

that is very clear and alert
!

where we are able to generate love
and understandin...
Pose
Straight spine
Comfortable position
On a cushion
Or on a floor
Or on a chair
Eyes
Tibetans meditate with their eyes open
!
But not wide open and looking around

Gentle, unfocused gaze, down toward th...
Breathing
not too fast
not too slow
not too deeply
not too shallow

breath normally
focus on the sensation of
inhaling and exhaling
focus on the sensation of
the breath at the nose*

* if you tend to feel sleepy and dull
or focus on the sensation
of the stomach
!

moving up and down as
you breathe*
* if your mind is wandering a great deal
the point is to be focused on the
breathing with awareness
turn mind off
be aware of the sensation of
breathing
commentary...
The real work is to
recognize as soon as
possible when your
attention wanders away
and then to bring it back
2

loving-kindness
meditation
to be more loving, we
need to have some
understanding of why
we need to be more
loving
That’s why:
You are a human being just like I am
You have feelings just as I do
You want to be liked and not ignored or
di...
We think about it until we
understand it and it makes
sense to us.
And then, while sitting quietly
in meditation, while
im...
then concentrate on this state
conclusion
The goal of meditation is:
To win the Olympic gold medal for being able
to sit perfectly in meditation
To win the Olympic gold medal for being able
to sit perfectly in meditation
We want to meditate in order for the meditation
practice to help us in our lives, both personally
and in our interactions ...
thank you

based on an article of my perfect teacher, Dr. Alexander Berzin
http://tinyurl.com/legmw65
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  1. 1. Meditation ?
  2. 2. Meditation is: Mystical practice Stop thinking Way to different realms Asian thing
  3. 3. Right?
  4. 4. Meditation is: Mystical practice Stop thinking Way to different realms Asian thing
  5. 5. Meditation bhavana (sanskrit) the repeated practice of generating and focusing on a beneficial state of mind in order to build it up as a habit.
  6. 6. What kind of states ?
  7. 7. More relaxed, less tensed and worried More focused and quieter With more understanding of ourselves and life With more love and compassion towards others
  8. 8. Why would I want to meditate ?
  9. 9. Because worried mind: • makes us troubled • causes unhappiness • prevents us from functioning at our best • ruins our health • brings problems with family and at the workplace
  10. 10. So it is a problem. And if we see it as a problem, out goal is to get rid of state of a worried mind. We might be completely fed up and disgusted with a state of difficult mind. ! «Enough, already. I’ve got to get ! out of this situation. I’ve got to do something about it»
  11. 11. But
  12. 12. It is unrealistic to think that meditation alone will solve all our problems. Meditation is a tool; it’s a method.
  13. 13. And of course meditation could also be used to build up a negative state of mind
  14. 14. Example: I could meditate on how terrible my enemy is. I could use meditation to develop hatred, which then causes me to seek and and to kill my enemy.
  15. 15. But that’s not how meditation is generally used.
  16. 16. Meditation is something you do just with your mind not with your body
  17. 17. We need: not just to be able to generate that state of mind while sitting quietly in meditation, but to build up this positive state so thoroughly that it becomes a habit, that we can apply whenever we need it, at any time during the day. Ultimately to make it something natural that is there all the time: we are more loving, understanding, focused, and calm.
  18. 18. Example: we find ourselves losing our tempers with someone we immediately notice it and remind ourselves, either consciously or unconsciously: “I don’t want to be like that!” ! then we close this “session” of bad temper and regenerate our attitude into one of love toward the person.
  19. 19. Conditions for meditation
  20. 20. candles incense music not necessary
  21. 21. ! quiete clean neat place necessary
  22. 22. How to do it?
  23. 23. 1 meditation on breath
  24. 24. to have blank mind to turn mind off to stop thinking
  25. 25. Goal: to quiet the mind
  26. 26. Aim is to quiet all disturbing* states of mind *anger, craving, ignorance, wandering
  27. 27. We want to achieve a state of mind: ! that is very clear and alert ! where we are able to generate love and understanding ! or to express the natural, human warmth that we all have
  28. 28. Pose Straight spine Comfortable position On a cushion Or on a floor Or on a chair
  29. 29. Eyes Tibetans meditate with their eyes open ! But not wide open and looking around Gentle, unfocused gaze, down toward the floor If it’s uncomfortable you can meditate with closed eyes
  30. 30. Breathing not too fast not too slow not too deeply not too shallow breath normally
  31. 31. focus on the sensation of inhaling and exhaling
  32. 32. focus on the sensation of the breath at the nose* * if you tend to feel sleepy and dull
  33. 33. or focus on the sensation of the stomach ! moving up and down as you breathe* * if your mind is wandering a great deal
  34. 34. the point is to be focused on the breathing with awareness turn mind off be aware of the sensation of breathing commentary in your mind
  35. 35. The real work is to recognize as soon as possible when your attention wanders away and then to bring it back
  36. 36. 2 loving-kindness meditation
  37. 37. to be more loving, we need to have some understanding of why we need to be more loving
  38. 38. That’s why: You are a human being just like I am You have feelings just as I do You want to be liked and not ignored or disliked – the same as I do We’re all here together on this planet and we need to get along with each other.
  39. 39. We think about it until we understand it and it makes sense to us. And then, while sitting quietly in meditation, while imagining other people around us, either people that we know or strangers, we try to generate the state of mind of love and compassion.
  40. 40. then concentrate on this state
  41. 41. conclusion
  42. 42. The goal of meditation is:
  43. 43. To win the Olympic gold medal for being able to sit perfectly in meditation
  44. 44. To win the Olympic gold medal for being able to sit perfectly in meditation
  45. 45. We want to meditate in order for the meditation practice to help us in our lives, both personally and in our interactions with others. And to do that, we need to build up more beneficial habits
  46. 46. thank you based on an article of my perfect teacher, Dr. Alexander Berzin http://tinyurl.com/legmw65
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