Meditation, Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism

Posts on the meditation classes

given by Venerable Toby Gillies

These essays explore some of the topics we cover in our introductory meditation classes and some of the subjects examined in our Buddhist meditation classes. The perspectives are drawn from the Tibetan Buddhist teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Geshe Thubten Loden.
Pick any topic that may interest you, they have links to any other related topics. The most recently posted is always at the top.

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 Meditation

Some of these articles focus on how to meditate. They range from an overview to a detailed explanation of the stages of concentration. Clear concentration provides a sound basis for greater understanding. We gain further insight through the practice of wisdom. Several posts discuss the benefits of integrating meditation with wisdom.

Meditation itself is not dependent on any form of religious belief. Whatever your beliefs you can benefit through the practice of meditation. We can incorporate the practices into traditional religions and also secular and scientific views of the world.

 Buddhism

The source of knowledge presented here is the teachings of the Buddha. This Dharma (truth) aims towards freeing one from suffering and the cause of suffering. The truth delivers an experience of ever greater happiness. The pinnacle is the constant bliss and peace of enlightenment.

There has been interest in Buddhist teachings in the West for the last forty years. Western science and psychology have been enriched. They have used Dharma teachings on meditation and mindfulness. Scientific verification has given confidence in approaching meditation practice. 

Tibetan Buddhism

One of the greatest influences of Buddhism in the West has been Tibetan Buddhism. Tibet’s Dalai Lama has interacted with leading scientists. He has also established regular conferences with academics in psychology and philosophy.  This has enriched our modern understanding. Elements of the Tibetan tradition have helped a better understanding of the mind. Meditation and mindfulness are now common.

Tibetan methods of investigating reality use formal logic. They engage in systematic debate and test this with meditation. This wonderful tradition of Buddhist practice is now finding expression in the West. Westerners have adopted it and devoted their lives to study and practice.

 

How meditation and karma create you

How meditation and karma create you

Why did you become the person you are? How will you become the person you would like to be? What is it that creates the circumstances you encounter in life? How can meditation influence these circumstances? Understanding how meditation and karma create you and shape...

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Concentration: the stages and process of development

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....

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How meditation develops understanding

How meditation develops understanding

It is through regular practice that meditation develops understanding. We see increasingly more deeply into things and develop a clear insight over time.   Meditation develops understanding   Exploring how we use meditation to develop understanding is an...

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Learning with mindfulness and meditation

Learning with mindfulness and meditation

Having taken up the practice of meditation, we enter a new phase of learning with mindfulness meditation. Learning mindfulness meditation   Learning mindfulness meditation establishes a platform for a life of continued learning and discovery. It is a very useful...

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Traditions in conversation

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...

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A one minute Buddhist meditation

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

A Meditation to start your year 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

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 inspiration. As...

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

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

Here is an example of how karma functions 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 good...

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Buddhist meditation: how it is different

Buddhist meditation: how it is different

What meditation really is 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 fact, while caught in...

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Euthanasia: A Buddhist view on life and death

Euthanasia: A Buddhist view on life and death

Euthanasia has now been make law by the Victorian parliament. The following article was written in the hope that they would not pass this terrible law and allow such degeneration. But... I suppose I was expecting a bit much. I still recommend a read as way of...

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Meditation – Twelve Dependent links retreat

Meditation – Twelve Dependent links retreat

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 of samsara....

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