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MEDITATION


Meditation​ ​Practice


Meditate in a clean, quiet place. Set up a meditation altar with flowers, candles, or other objects you like. Try to take a shower or at least wash
your hands and face prior to meditation. Avoid eating a lot before meditation. Wear comfortable clothes. Sit comfortably either on the floor or
in a chair, making sure to keep your back straight.


Practice meditation twice per day. Meditate in the morning. As soon as you wake up, take a shower, have some coffee or tea if you have to, and
then meditate. Don’t engage in conversations, emails, or breakfast. Meditate before you get caught up in the affairs of the day. Meditating in the
morning energizes you to be clear and powerful in all the activities of your day.


It is also very beneficial to meditate in the evening. It’s a good idea to shower and meditate right before going to bed. Evening meditation ends
your day in a powerful reflection of light. Meditating before going to bed also helps you to be relaxed and peaceful so that your sleep is restful
and recuperative. Evening meditation also greatly aids dreaming.


Chakra​ ​Meditation


Chakra meditation involves concentrating on energy centers in the aura called chakras. Chakras are located along an energetic meridian called
the sushumna. The sushumna directly corresponds with the spinal column. Seven primary chakras are found at different points along the
sushumna. Kundalini, also called chi or prana, is a refined spiritual energy that resides at the base of the spine in the first chakra. During chakra
meditation, kundalini energy is pulled from the first chakra up through the sushumna to the third eye in the area of the forehead where the
sushumna ends.


In chakra meditation, you focus on three of the seven primary energy centers. “Focus” means that you place your attention on the areas of the
body which correspond with each chakra, one at a time. You concentrate on the energy center, thereby activating it and releasing its energy.


Sometimes it is helpful to place your pointer finger gently on each chakra as you meditate to help you feel where they are. Eventually, you will
naturally feel the energy centers in your body.


Start with the third chakra, the “navel” or “power” center, which is approximately 2 inches below the navel. This is the center for willpower and gives you the spiritual power to rise above difficulties and be happy. Then move to the fourth chakra, the “heart” center. This center is located in
the center of the chest and in the general area of the heart. This is the center for love, balance, and happiness. Finally, focus on the sixth chakra,
the “third eye”. This chakra is located in the center of the forehead between the eyebrows and slightly above them. This is the center for wisdom,
psychic seeing, and dreaming.


Spend an equal amount of time meditating on each chakra. If you meditate for 15 minutes, spend 5 minutes focusing on each chakra. Likewise, if
you meditate for an hour, spend 20 minutes concentrating on each chakra. By practicing chakra meditation in this way, you will bring power,
balance and wisdom into your life.


While you are meditating, consciously push away any thoughts you may have. There will be plenty of time to think about your life later. During a
meditation session the only thing that matters is your meditation. When thoughts arise, observe them as “just thoughts,” let go of them, and
bring your focus back to the chakra.


After​ ​meditation


At the end of a meditation session, bow in gratitude and offer your meditation back to the universe. This is a gesture of humility and appreciation for life. Never judge your meditation. Enjoy it. Every time you meditate with earnest effort, you take one step closer toward Enlightenment.

MEDITATION​ ​ETIQUETTE


Prepare​ ​for​ ​a​ ​Spiritual​ ​Experience


Sitting with a Vajrayana Buddhist meditation teacher is a rare privilege and a tremendous opportunity for spiritual growth. When you come to a meditation seminar always bring your best! Come with an open mind. During the meditation class, you receive an inner gift of spiritual light. The proper attitude is one of respect for eternity. Openness, curiosity, and inner stillness will facilitate a more positive and powerful experience. Come with the intention of spiritual advancement and self-discovery.


One should strive to be clean inside and out. When meditating in a group, good personal hygiene is important. Exercise and taking a shower prior to the event are good ways to strengthen and cleanse the body and the aura in preparation for meditation. Dress your best! How you dress for a meditation is how you prepare for your meeting with Eternity.


Entering​ ​the​ ​Meditation​ ​Hall


When you enter the meditation hall, leave behind your personal issues, concerns, expectations, and judgments. Bring only the light of
your being. Please enter and be seated in silence. Center yourself and prepare for meditation as you await the arrival of the teacher.


During​ ​the​ ​Class


To receive the greatest benefit, follow the teacher’s instructions. Clear your mind of thoughts and open your heart to the experience. Maintain a proper, comfortable posture. This will assist you in staying alert and focused. If you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed during the meditation, relax and breathe deeply until you feel comfortable again. When questions are invited by the teacher, feel free to ask. No question is improper if it comes from the heart.


After​ ​the​ ​Class


Observe the stillness of your mind. Observe your feelings. Your experience is uniquely your own, whether you consciously perceive the profound effects of a powerful meditation or subtly experience peace and stillness.


Please don’t touch others physically during or immediately after meditation. In this way we allow others to hold the energies and
experiences of the meditation. If you wish to visit with your friends or guests, please remember that some people may be deeply moved
or simply wish to sit by themselves without intrusion. Please act with proper consideration.


After meditation with the teacher, your thoughts and feelings are highly charged, and your spirit is always deeply affected. It is important
to maintain a positive attitude towards yourself and others in the days following meditation.


Choices


“We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.”


~ Dhammapada – The Sayings of the Buddha


RECOMMENDED READING


Mystic Scuba
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The Enlightenment Workbook
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Dhammapada – The Sayings of the Buddha
Shambhala Pocket Classics
The Bhagavad Gita – The Song of God
By Stephen Mitchell
Three Rivers Press
The Awakened One
By Sherab Chodzin Kohn
Shambhala Dragon Editions