“The tendency is to think ‘I shouldn’t be thinking, I should be staying with the breath…” In a teaching from 2014 Lama Shenpen points out how to work with our thoughts during meditation and why thoughts aren’t a problem. Continue reading Video: Working with thoughts in meditation
…In order to manifest at all there has to be the story line – the time dimension to the manifestation… Taking Refuge and following the Bodhisattva path is a positive story line – it is important to have positive story lines or we wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning. Continue reading Meditation doesn’t mean withdrawing from the world, so how do we remain ‘resting in spaciousness’ while still interacting with the world?
Having reflected on the heart-wish and decided that meditation is what you want to do, commit yourself to the discipline of a regular meditation schedule. It takes conscious thought and planning to establish and maintain a meditation practice. Our initial resolve to meditate can easily be eroded by the busyness of our daily lives, by our commitments and by the force of habits pulling us … Continue reading How to set up a regular meditation practice
Here, there is nothing to remove and nothing to add. The one who sees the truth of being, as it is, By seeing the truth, is liberated. In our group meditation sessions at the Awakened Heart Sangha, this verse is read out by the person leading the session (the Omzay), about five minutes before the end of each session. It is a verse from the … Continue reading What is The Meditator’s Verse?
The panic reaction is as deep as samsara [the endless cycle of birth and death] itself. There would be no samsara if there were no panic. Sometimes we let things get so close to the edge that the panic manifests as raw panic and we have to start working with the reality of that – not running away or trying to avoid it. Continue reading Why can an insight arising in meditation cause panic?
It may take some practice to become comfortable having your eyes open in this way, especially if you are used to meditating with them closed. But it is strongly recommended that you persevere. Continue reading Why do we meditate with our eyes open?
In general I think that when we are feeling very emotional it is important to be gentle with ourselves and trust our underlying sanity. When it is time to sit in meditation, don’t have some huge project or demand – just sit in order to sit and just be. Continue reading How to meditate with strong emotions
Well, the question does arise doesn’t it? You reach the end of the breath and then what? Before you had something to focus on and now you don’t. It is a big shift, a bit like dropping off a cliff. Where do you go from there? Continue reading Student’s Question: What do I do after letting go on the out breath? What do I do with my mind?
It mainly means gaining deeper conviction and trust in the practice and that arises from deepening understanding and insight and trust in the practice. Other practices might or might not help. Continue reading Student’s Question: How Can I Take My Practice Deeper?
The Buddha’s path means giving up attachment to all we are holding on to. It means giving up our cherished views about ourselves and the world. This can be as scary as death itself. It is easy to have doubts, thinking that maybe the whole idea of Enlightenment or Awakening is a pipe dream or a fantasy. Deep reflection on death, however, can help us cut through this kind of doubt. Continue reading Why Reflection on Death Is Our Dearest Friend