Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What Meditation Really Is? [.com]

If i had a Euro for every time someone asked me what meditation really is... i would literally have €27.50 [LOL!]

All joking apart, it is never quite clear what the answer ought to be. Depending on who is asking the question, and why i think they are asking it, my answer varies.

Occasionally i reply O meditation is just being ... at peace, in harmony, open.
Other times, if i think the person is looking for some kind of spiritual healing, i say Meditation is about revealing and releasing ones own innate powers of self-transformation and healing. It is the process by which we discover the mind's own Natural Great Peace and then remain in that already perfect state... naturally and without effort or distraction. [Or words to that effect]

Imagine my great joy, therefore, when i found www.whatmeditationreallyis.com !

This could be the answer the all our prayers and soul-searching, i thought to myself.
If ever that person asks me again, i can point them in the direction of this very handy and informative little website!

On closer inspection of the site's actual content, my great joy turned to utter bliss as i realised that this quite trendy and cutting edge [yet über-concise and inspiring] online gem is the product of none other than Rigpa ... and therefore my very own master, Sogyal Rinpoche

What a wonderful resource this site truly is!
There is clear guidance and all important questions about meditation are covered.

There is even a ten-part meditation course offered free of charge with video teachings from Sogyal Rinpoche as well as such luminaries as Mingyur Rinpoche and Khandro Rinpoche [to say nothing of the wonderfully skillful and artistic animations that show the inner and outer posture of 'mind and body at ease'].

So, in the open spirit of this blog, i offer my heartfelt recommendation of whatmeditationreallyis.com both to you and anyone you know who has an interest in meditation - to experts or total beginners alike.


And in the meantime...

Sit like a mountain

"In the Dzogchen teachings it is said that your View and your posture should be like a mountain.

Your View is the summation of your whole understanding and insight into the nature of mind, which you bring to your meditation. So your View translates into and inspires your posture, expressing the core of your being in the way you sit.

Sit, then, as if you were a mountain, with all its unshakable, steadfast majesty. A mountain is completely relaxed and at ease with itself, however strong the winds that batter it, however thick the dark clouds that swirl around its peak.

Sitting like a mountain, let your mind rise and fly and soar."

from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche

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