What Meditation Really Is, Modules 4 & 5
This course focuses on the practice of Loving Kindness and the Unifying Practice. What Meditation Really Is, Modules Four & Five is the third in a series called What Meditation Really Is
Prerequisites: What Meditation Really Is – Modules One, Two and Three
Tuition $150, All the course videos are included online, you can also purchase them on DVD disc - Optional:1 DVD (must be played in a computer) $25 plus shipping
Content includes two courses titled Finding Motivation, Loving Kindness Meditation, and The Unifying Practice – teachings which build on Modules Two and Three, and focuses on the following:
If we are ever going to adopt a genuine attitude of love and compassion towards other people, we first need to be able to love and have compassion for ourselves. Then, it is much easier and more meaningful to wish that our practice may be of real benefit to others. By showing us how to love ourselves and how to extend our love to everybody else, loving kindness meditation practice deepens and brings our motivation to life – that our practice will benefit not only ourselves, but everyone else too.
Meditating on loving kindness helps us restore our love and confidence, and heal any unresolved emotional wounds we may be carrying. It also puts us back in touch with the fundamental goodness of our core being, and once that has happened, we are able to love ourselves. Many people tell us that loving kindness practice gives them a method for transforming their difficult emotions and helps them avoid getting stuck in confusion and negativity. For this reason, many students discover that by meditating on loving kindness their shamatha practice is more stable.
The Unifying Practice looks in detail at three key methods—each of them a complete method of meditation in itself—which are brought together into one practice. As with all the other methods of meditation that have been presented in What Meditation Really Is, their purpose is to help the mind rest, undistracted.
The Unifying Practice brings together the three aspects of body, speech and mind, and is a way of bringing our body, speech and mind into the environment of meditation and the state of of non-distraction.
—First, using the support of looking at an image of Buddha transforms our outer environment and acts on the level of the body.
—Second, chanting or reciting a mantra is related to the speech and purifies our inner world of sound, emotion and energy.
—Third, watching the breath pacifies the mind. This may gradually lead to the higher meditation of the innermost nature of mind.
As we practice these methods in a gradual sequence, it enables us slowly to transform our thoughts, emotions and energy, and become steadily more peaceful and more present. When we practice them together in what we call ‘The Unifying Practice’, it brings the three methods together, and ‘unifies’ them, so that we can see their connectedness, and how each one supports the other. This accelerates the process of meditation and deepens the experience, with the result that meditation can happen effortlessly.
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