Meditation, Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism

Blogs 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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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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Why meditation makes you truly happy

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 all equal. If asked...

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