Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin

To take an effective break, you just need to let go for awhile.
Put your thoughts on hold.

Just sit back, close your eyes and let go.
Whatever you were thinking about just then will wait for 5 or 10 minutes.

Follow your breath for awhile and come back refreshed.
Let the yogi Gen Tharchin tell us how…

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GenTarchin @ Tharpaland

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“Sit in a relaxed comfortable position, with your back as straight as possible without being uncomfortable or tense.

And now scan through you body, looking at all the different parts of your body, one at a time, to make sure they’re comfortable and relaxed, free from tension or strain.
If you find any areas of tension, relax them.

And now turn your attention to the subtle sensation at the tip of your nostrils, or perhaps just inside your nostrils [or even on your lips], associated with each inhalation, each exhalation of the breath.

For a few moments, notice the slightly cooler sensation associated with the inhalation; and the slightly warming sensation, or pressure, associated with the exhalation.”

In this way, just observe the subtle tactile sensation of the breath for a few minutes.

As you finish, you may want to add ‘for the highest good of all’,
then slowly and gently come back your normal state of awareness.

Taken from the first 3 minutes of a meditation given by Gen Kelsang Tharchin, fully qualified meditation master, at MKMC in 2011.

Like this ~ Breathing Meds and Present Moment, Peaceful Moment on here.
The perils of distraction to come…

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Fantasy Forest
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Reminiscent of Tharpaland, Tharchin’s retreat centre in Scotland.
It used to be one of my favourite places. It felt incredibly serene and blessed.

Present Moment, Peaceful Moment

We don’t need to be sat breathing the high mountain air to meditate…

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…but sometimes when we’re meditating,
it feels like we are.

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The heart of Buddhist meditation is mindfulness
– the energy that helps us know what’s happening in the present moment
.”

Tich Naht Hanh

You are day-dreaming about the future because you have not tasted the present.
Start tasting the present
.”

Osho

“This now is it. This.
Your deepest need and desire is satisfied by the moment’s energy here in your hand.

Rumi

“Peace can exist only in the present moment.
If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now.

Tich Naht Hanh

Mindfulness is the life force of meditation
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Image:
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Graphics from BabyDoll1976, UrsusVeritatem, BuddhistVibes and RedBubble, all  via BakuKadampa on Tumblr.
Shantideva from Tharpa Publications

 

Breathing Meds

Notes on Breathing Meditation 

cosmic meditation images

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With Buddha Shakyamuni n Yoda!

 

Meditation makes our lives happy and meaningful
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Mahayana meditation master

Breathing in, I calm body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh,  Zen meditation master

Meditation is a means of focusing the mind to give relief from the often negative “chatter” which goes on most of the time in our heads and to assist you in discovering your peace and stillness within.
Kat Day
, Bristol Intuitive Group Co-Organiser

Meditation allows you to become one with the Divine and discover the divine within your inner being.
Spring Wolf, author of the Pagan’s Path

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Image Credits:

Buddha Shakyamuni from Tharpa Publications
DancingDakini, Majikat, MindBodyLove and Nirvikalpa via BakuKadampa on Tumblr

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Like this ~ Present Moment, Peaceful Moment and Breathing Meditation by Gen Tarchin

Coming soon: Gen Tarchin’s Breathing Meditation.
More Detail in Kadampa Life: Learning to meditate in 2013

 

Kill Procrastination ⌚ image

Kill Procrastination with a Death Meditation

Kill Procrastination with a Death Meditation

Death Meditation:

✞  I will die
✞  I don’t know when
✞  I will walk my path purely now

Epilogue to:
HAPPY NEW YEAR! * as the Old Year Dies, can contemplating our own Demise make us Happy?
and
Make the Perfect New Year’s Resolution based on an Awareness of Death

HAPPY NEW YEAR! * as the Old Year dies, can contemplating our own Demise make us Happy?

 Excerpt from Amitabha Centre publicity: .

Death Med GKG text

Meditating on our own Death makes us Happy 

It sounds counter-intuitive, but Buddha taught that meditating on the inevitability of our own demise is an uplifting experience. The death meditation being one of my favourites, I can definitely vouch for this.

To meditate on an idea or a course of action means to focus all of our attention on it. As Chönden said “to take it to heart“. He added that to focus our mind on our own death means to “follow the path of peaceful, positive minds.”

This is because thinking about death stops us from getting so uptight and stressed by things. It frees up space in our busy mind, so that there’s space for peace and feeling OK about life instead.

Death Meditation Analogy

For me it’s like clearing the internet browser’s cache when it gets overloaded and confused trying to deal with badly formatted and incomplete web pages. Emptying the computer’s cache is like clearing your mind from all those thoughts and worries, so it can start afresh.
And just as that makes surfing the web a lot smoother, a clear mind can relax and let go, because there’s no need to worry so much. Freeing our mind up from the daily stressors and concerns means we can “enjoy life instead of worrying about it.” Chönden

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Death course GKC

Personal experience of this on here: David Thomas on Buddhism and Looking Death Straight in the Eye

Continued here:
Make the Perfect New Year’s Resolution based on an Awareness o
f Death
and
Kill Procrastination ⌚ image

Brilliant article on Learning to meditate in 2013 from Kadampa Life 

These notes taken in Gen Chönden’s first teaching on the death meditation at Amitabha Centre, new year’s eve.
Top image from Amitabha Centre publicity, click on it to make biG

Comment below ⤵ on this classic Buddhist meditation.

Ascension 21.12.12 ☆ Guest post by Kat Day

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A truly magical time on Planet Earth 

This is a truly magical time on Planet Earth for we, as human beings, are awakening all over the globe to experience our personal and planetary Ascension process, which is well underway.
Earth has been aligning herself with the central core of our galaxy, an event which marks the dawn of a new Golden Age & the ending of a Universal Age of 26,000 years of evolutionary development! It is a time when humanity, Planet Earth and all of creation has the choice to take a simultaneous leap in evolution.

The powerful energies of unconditional Love sweeping the planet are readily available to us at this time, enabling strong connections to our Soul and The Divine, and allowing us access to loving guidance and insight like never before in our lifetimes. We are all raising to a new higher vibration and way of life that will empower us to return to our natural state of Love and re-establish Heaven on Earth.

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Vajrasattva Purification Practice and Empowerment

Vajrasattva Empowerment
with Gen Chönden

~ Sat 8th Dec 2012 

Buddha Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva is a Buddha of purification. The practice of meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva’s mantra is a powerful method for purifying our impure mind and actions. This makes us feel better now, and prevents us experiencing a similar but worse event in the future. (See karma articles for more on this.)

The short version of Vajrasattva’s mantra is:

om Vajrasatto sarwa siddhi hum

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