Meditation, Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism articles

Some articles related to the Buddhist meditation classes given by Venerable Toby Gillies

This collection of essays is to explain more about some of the topics we cover in our meditation classes and some of the subjects examined in our Buddhist meditation classes. It examines the way of Buddhist meditations and is inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Geshe Thubten Loden.
 
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(l-r) Toby Gillies with Dalai Lama and Geshe Loden

Venerable Toby Gillies with his principle teacher, Geshe Thubten Loden, meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India.

Concentration: the stages and process of development

Concentration: Calm Abiding meditation We need to improve our capacity for clear concentration and like everything it gets better with practise. This article aims to explain the stages of developing concentration and the methods used to accomplish each stage. On the...

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How meditation develops understanding

Meditation for Understanding Exporing how we use meditation for understanding is an important component of all our meditation classes. We learn how to gain a genuine meditative insight. A genuine meditative insight is a life transforming experience. We escape the...

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Learning with mindfulness and meditation

Learning mindfulness meditation   Learning mindfulness meditation establishes a platform for a life of continued learning and discovery. It is a very useful foundation for the development of wisdom and it is wisdom which puts an end to the suffering cycle of life, or...

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Traditions in conversation

Meditation today: Traditions in Conversation   On Friday, February 23 presented at the Colloquium, Meditation today: Traditions in Conversation. It was held at the Melbourne University of Divinity. There may still be some places available. If you are interested in a...

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A one minute Buddhist meditation

This simple one minute Buddhist meditation has the power to change your life Let your gaze rest briefly on the image of the Buddha and know him as your Guru. Then recite the prayer, it only takes half a minute at normal pace. Spend the rest of the minute allowing the...

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A New Year meditation for 2018

A New Year meditation for 2018 The Buddhist teachings tell us that New Year is a special time. It is a new beginning and a time to set our direction. It is worth taking the time for a new year meditation. Every morning we awaken to the day grateful for yet another...

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A Buddhist meditation on Christmas

A Buddhist meditation on Christmas Christmas is a wonderful time of year for Buddhists. We love to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ. The message of his true being, as the son of God, as God incarnate, and thus as love incarnate, is an...

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How karma works in Buddhism: I won the fight, but..

How karma works in Buddhism: I won the fight, but.. People often ask me how karma works. What is the connection between cause and effect? How is it that our actions come back at us? In an earlier article I summarised karma and examined how it works to our benefit in...

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Buddhist meditation: how it is different

Buddhist meditation: What meditation is all about. The purpose of Buddhist meditation practice is to end samsara. Samsara is the state of being governed by the causes of suffering and varies from extreme levels of suffering to temporary experiences of happiness. In...

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Euthanasia: A Buddhist view on life and death

It is worth examining, in a Buddhist context, the move by the Victorian parliament to bring in laws permitting euthanasia.   Euthanasia, the victim   First off, consider the individual requesting euthanasia. According to their perception, they are suffering. So they...

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Meditation – Twelve Dependent links retreat

Meditation: How the twelve dependent links produce the effects of karma During our meditation retreat day on Sunday, October 8,  we did our meditation on the twelve dependent links. The meditations were drawn from the wheel of life. The wheel of life shows the round...

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How mindfulness and meditation give self-confidence

How mindfulness and meditation give self-confidence   Meditation and mindfulness are critical elements in overcoming low self esteem and generating true self confidence. If we rely on external things for self confidence we will never develop real self belief. As long...

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Buddhist meditation path

The Buddhist meditation path: A comprehensive approach to life The Buddhist meditation path is a path to enlightenment. There are many paths that we can take in life. Career paths, social paths, community paths, relationship paths. We may take a rapid path to the top...

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How to meditate: a step by step explanation

How to meditate for a beginner   The purpose of this article is to give a guide on how to meditate. Actually, how to meditate varies depending on the technique used. But to begin we can use a common and simple technique. Generally we learn a basic mindfulness of the...

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Reincarnation: infinite life

Reincarnation and karma In the previous article we spoke of karma. Now we examine karma linking from life to the next reincarnation. Most people have an intuitive sense of karma as cause and effect. However the full implications of karma cannot be seen outside of...

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Meditation on Karma

Karma - cause and effect To meditate on karma is to relflect on our actions. The sanskrit word karma translates literally as action and implies the results of those actions. It is the process of cause and effect and the way that we create our quality of experience....

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How meditation relieves stress

Meditation for Stress This article will show how meditation and meditation classes can help in relieving stress. We need to understand more about how stress is produced.  In particular we can benefit from discovering the inner cause of tension. Tension may be felt...

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Buddhist teachings: communication

Communication: How we connect The Buddhist teachings explain that the person we are is the product of our karma.  Karma literally means action and the results of action, or cause and effect. We are thus the sum of all we have done and experienced. Good or bad. All...

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Freedom in Buddhist meditation

Another way of looking at happiness is becoming free. When we look at what true freedom is, the bottom line is being free to be perfectly and completely happy. As with happiness we tend to look for freedom externally. But real freedom is the internal freedom to choose...

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Happiness in Buddhist meditation

Happiness and meditation First of all, happiness - true, genuine, deep and lasting happiness - is the birthright of every being that lives. Our deepest yearning is to be separated from suffering and to experience ever more happiness. In this we are the same as...

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