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.
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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 mindfulness and meditation give self-confidence

How mindfulness and meditation give self-confidence

Overcome low self esteem and be confident   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 as we...

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Buddhist meditation path

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: 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: 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

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

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

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

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: why meditation makes you truly happy

Happiness: why meditation makes you truly happy

Happiness and meditation   What role does meditation have in producing our quality of life. How can learning to meditate contribute to being happy? Happiness - of the true, genuine, deep and lasting kind - is the birthright of every being that lives. Our deepest...

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