To learn, how to meditate
To learn, how to meditate effectively, we first need to know, what meditation, understood and its many advantages. This will then encourage us, perform a regular guided meditation practice, that helps us, to experience greater peace of mind as well as to gain deeper insight and deeper understanding of ourselves and our experiences. By training in meditation, we will eventually be able, to remove the latent causes of all our problems and sufferings of our mind and to always learn more pure forms of happiness.
In his book, How do we transform our lives declared Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso very clear, how to effectively meditate and how introducing this positive experience in modern life. Excerpts from the book, which is also available as a free e-book, are included in the following explanations.
What is Meditation
In the chapter "What is meditation?"Defines the author meditation as follows:
Meditation is a mind, the set focused on a virtuous object and whose function is, to make our mind peaceful and quiet. Whenever we meditate, this is a mental action, which will lead to, that we experience inner peace in the future.
Since our happiness depends on the experience of inner peace, which in turn depends upon the mental action of meditation, we can see, how important meditation is. As Ven. Geshe Kelsang says in the chapter "Inner Peace":
The real source of happiness is inner peace. Is our mind peaceful, then we will be happy all the time, irrespective of external circumstances. But if he is disturbed or troubled in any way, we will never be happy, like no matter how well be our external circumstances. External circumstances can only make us happy, when our mind is peaceful. We know this from personal experience. Are we, for example, in the most beautiful surroundings and have everything, what we need, then disappears at the moment, where we get angry, any luck, we may experience. That's so, because anger has destroyed our peace inside.
We can see, that we must develop and maintain a special experience of inner peace, if we truly, want lasting happiness. The only way, To achieve this, is, to train our mind through spiritual practice: gradually our negative, reduce disturbing states of mind and eliminate them with positive and, Replace peaceful states. By constantly deepen our inner peace, we will eventually the highest permanent mental peace, or "Nirvana", experience. Once we have attained nirvana, We are our lives and life after life to be happy. We will solve all our problems and fulfill the true meaning of our human life have.
The benefits of meditation
Meditation has so many benefits, because it is the best method, to develop positive attitudes and intentions - mental attitudes, that lead to, that we develop a peaceful state of mind. The benefits of meditation are How do we transform our lives explained. You can be summarized as follows:
- Our mind becomes gradually more peaceful and we always learn a purer form of happiness;
- Finally, we will always be happy, even under the most difficult circumstances;
- We create an inner space and clarity, which enables us, to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances;
- We develop a mental equilibrium or a balanced state of mind, who is always happy, instead of an unbalanced mental state, the oszillliert between the extremes of excitement and despondency;
- We are able to, to eliminate from our mind - the cause of all our problems and suffering - the blindness;
- We will experience the highest spiritual peace of Nirvana.
In How do we transform our lives, a free eBook for download, are Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso practical instructions and information, to progress through many stages of development of inner peace and happiness. With practical examples, Parables and personal experiences he helps us to understand, how to apply these instructions in our daily lives. At the end of each section and elsewhere in each chapter, the author presents a guided meditation ready, through which we can deepen our experience of the main points or a conclusion, we can take from the section. How these guided meditations work? they include, as Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains, two main stages or types of meditation, will allow us, to bring the instructions deep in our heart and internalize it. Here he explains the function of each stage:
There are two types of meditation: analytical meditation and placement meditation. In analytical meditation we reflect on the meaning of a spiritual guide, we have heard or read. Through deep reflection on these instructions, we eventually arrive at a clear conclusion or to a particular, virtuous state of mind. This is the object of placement meditation. We focus as long as possible one focused on this initiative or virtuous state of mind, to become deeply familiar. This single-pointed concentration is placement meditation. Often, analytical meditation "contemplation" and placement meditation is called simply "Meditation". The placement meditation depends upon analytical meditation, and analytical meditation is based on listening to or reading spiritual instructions.
How do we transform our lives - a blissful journey
How do we transform our lives Geshe Kelsang Gyatso offers all the necessary techniques and practical advice for us, to enable real inner development and transformation.
By putting the instructions, set forth in this book, we can transform our lives from a state of emergency in a state of pure and everlasting happiness. These instructions are scientific methods, to improve our human nature. Everyone needs a good heart, a benign nature, because we can solve our own problems as well as those of others and give meaning to our human life. Every living being has the same basic desire: to be happy and to avoid suffering. even newborns, Animals and insects want the. Since beginningless time this was our main wish and we have it all the time, even when we sleep. We spend our whole lives, to work hard, to fulfill this wish.