The Way of Meditation Blog

Ancient Wisdom For The Modern Person

I have been meditating for over 20 years and I now teach meditation and write hundreds of blogs about it. My interest in meditation began during my professional tennis playing days. I realised I had to control my temper and strong emotions to be able to win matches so I learned mental techniques to focus and calm
Silent Illumination Silent illumination is a Buddhist practice that can be traced back not only to Huineng (638–713), the sixth patriarch of Chan, and other Chinese masters but also to the early teachings of the Buddha. In the Chan tradition, silent illumination is referred to as mozhao, from the Chinese characters mo (silent) and zhao
[This is an extract from a talk given by a Tibetan Buddhist Master – Lama Yeshe to western students doing a Buddhist retreat around Christmas time] This is the week of Holy Jesus’ birth, and I suggest that in honor of this special event we make some sort of celebration. But we should try to make
Facebook is the most popular social media in the world with over one billion users. It’s easy to criticise Facebook as a mind numbing activity of arguments, opinions and pictures of what people are eating, but there is another way; the way of meditation.  I have been caught in arguments and mind numbing scrolling too, but it
Communication is essential to achieve successful human relationships. However, the type of communication we have highly determines the outcome of our relationships. It all simply boils down to “how” we are connecting with each other. Jamyang Khyentse once said something intriguing about human communication: “We think that we have successful communication with others. In fact, we

The 14 Principles Of Engaged Buddhism

The Order of Interbeing (Tiep Hien) was formed by the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh in the mid-1960’s, at a time when the Vietnam War was escalating and the teachings of the Buddha were desperately needed to combat the hatred, violence, and divisiveness enveloping his country. On the full moon day of February 1966, Zen

Meditation Is Just The Beginning

I’ve been promoting meditation as a way of health, sanity and spiritual connection for many years now. Meditation and mindfulness are becoming increasingly mainstream and popular and I think that’s a great thing. I also think it’s great that meditation has emerged from its religious context and people from all different backgrounds can practice meditation and get the benefits.

5 Ways To Overcome Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue Earlier this month, I came across a story about how more and more journalists are affected by vicarious trauma after ongoing exposure to graphic images portraying violence and suffering. As a result, many journalists turn to negative coping mechanisms including social isolation and some seek care for post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety. As
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Tibetan Buddhism Ever since I read a book by the Dalai Lama I have been hooked on Tibetan Buddhism. I even spent a year as a Buddhist monk 2003/2004. I spent six years studying full time living in a retreat hut at a Tibetan Buddhist centre in Queensland Australia where I learned a great deal
These 9 attitudes that help deepen your mindfulness come from the secular guru of modern mindfulness Jon Kabit Zinn. Jon has been tirelessly working to bring mindfulness into the arena of medicine and healing and the popularity, research and huge movement that mindfulness has become is largely due to his efforts. Jon created MBSR or
Why the Buddha Kept Meditating When I was a young monk, I wondered why the Buddha kept practising mindfulness and meditation even after he had already become a Buddha. Now I find the answer is plain enough to see. Happiness is impermanent, like everything else. In order for happiness to be extended and renewed, you
Detention
When one of the kids at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in West Baltimore acts out, chances are they’ll not be sent to the principal’s office but instead to the Mindful Moment room, a soothing space with comfy cushions and beanbags, lit by glowing pink Himalayan salt lamps. It’s part of the Mindful Moment program
From time to time I receive email from people criticing me for charging for a meditation course. Some of them are clearly hate mail, others are more lighthearted and sincere. This is a very interesting and controversial topic, so I decided to open my heart and share my thoughts about these things, and about “why I
How this Sacred Science Really Works Some years ago while staying at the ashram of the Indian saint, Ramana Maharshi, nestled at the foot of the forest covered mountain of Arunachala, I read the great sage’s sacred words, etched above a doorway: “Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever
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Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu’s Four Rules for Living

How to Live an Inspired and Peaceful Life Many centuries ago, Lao Tzu, spoke of the four cardinal virtues, teaching that when we practice them as a way of life, we come to know the truth of the universe. The ancient Chinese master said that living and practising these teachings can open you to higher
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We Are All God Playing Hide And Seek

Awaken From Hide And Seek “So then, here’s the drama. My metaphysics, let me be perfectly frank with you, is that there is the central Self, you can call it God, you can call it anything you like, and it’s All of Us. It’s playing all the parts of All Beings whatsoever everywhere and anywhere.  And it’s playing
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Leaking Spiritual Energy In the yoga tradition we encounter a fascinating metaphor: it is said that the milk of a lioness is so potent that no container can hold it except for pure gold. If the golden vessel has impurities, the milk will eat through the vessel like acid at those points, and drain away.
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Positive Psychology I am excited about a fairly new development in the science of psychology which I think can revolutionise the way we think about mental health. Unlike traditional psychological models where the focus is on eliminating neurosis or abnormalities in a person, positive psychology takes a new approach and works on promoting the positive attributes in
Mind
The True Nature of Your Mind Dzogchen Master, Namkhai Norbu introduced the true nature of mind to me in 1985 by pointing out that: “whatever you are experiencing or noticing, that which is the pure “noticing” is the true nature of mind, and it is what is aware and noticing, is always the same unchanging “noticing” within in
Inner Power
Daily Access to Unseen Realms of Power What I have discovered is that meditation is useful for me not because I am unique but because I am a human being and meditation is applicable to all human beings and the good thing about that is everyone reading this article is also human. As people we
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