Transform your life! Learn how to stop beating yourself up, and with the help of our step-by-step guide to developing self-compassion, discover how to treat yourself with empathy, patience, and kindness.
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Buddhism teaches that the delusion of separateness is at the root of all our unhappiness, and encourages us to recognize our deep connectedness to all beings and all things.
Join Bodhipaksa in a joyful, day-long exploration of interconnectedness at the NY Insight Center, Oct 10, 10AM–5PM
Join us for our "Year of Going Deeper"—a series of meditation events throughout 2015. We have online meditation courses suitable for all levels, from complete beginner to experienced practitioner.
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"Mythbusting the Dharma." Join Bodhipaksa and Tricycle editor and publisher James Shaheen for a fascinating discussion on how our contemporary understandings of the Dharma are filtered by millennia of interpretation and commentary, and even distorted by misquotations and mistranslations—some of them willful. Oct 9, NY Insight, 7–9PM.
Join Bodhipaksa for an introductory workshop exploring the practice of metta (kindness, or lovingkindness). The workshop runs from 10AM–1PM on Saturday, Oct 25 at Nagaloka Buddhist Center in the heart of Portland. The event charge is on a sliding scale. Click on the button below to learn more and to contact Nagaloka to reserve your place.
"Letting Go Into Reality" is a six-week online event exploring insight meditation. To free ourselves from suffering we have to radically change the way we see ourselves and our relation with the world. This change comes about by developing insight. Join us, and learn to find deep stillness and peace in the midst of a turbulent and ever-changing world.
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Make calmness, control, and peace part of your daily life with the support of our popular online meditation course, "Sit : Breathe : Love."
"Sit : Breathe : Love" takes you step by step into the process of setting up a daily practice of mindfulness and lovingkindness. It runs from Dec 1–31. Register now!
The mindfulness of breathing is a fundamental meditation practice that everyone should know. The benefits? You'll find that this practice helps you to calm your mind so that there's less inner chatter (especially the stuff that makes you unhappy). You'll find also that you're less distractible and better able to pay attention.
The development of lovingkindness (metta bhavana) works directly on our emotional habits, helping us to become more emotionally positive. You'll learn to be kinder to yourself: more patient, more understanding. You'll find that you're more considerate to others and that it's easier to forgive. You may even find (as others have) that others around you mysteriously become easier to be around. Hmmm.. wonder why that is?
Walking meditation is a great way to bring more meditation into your daily life; it's a practice that can be done even in a busy city street. In this form of practice we develop greater mindfulness of the body, but we also become more aware of our thought patterns, our emotions, and even of the outside world. It's a calming practice. Walking meditation can also be a lovingkindness practice, especially when you're walking in a public place.
Our mantra meditation section is the most popular destination for our visitors. Mantras are simply phrases that we repeat (usually internally, but they can also be chanted out loud). As well as occupying the mind and thus calming it by preventing it from getting up to the usual mischief that causes us pain, mantras also have a symbolic value that evokes spiritual qualities.
The six element practice is a profound reflection on interconnectedness and impermanence. It's a very beautiful form of meditation. It not only helps us to calm the mind and give us a reassuring sense of our place in the great scheme of things, but it can be unsettling and challenging as well. Yes, I know. Reassuring and unsettling. That's Buddhist practice for you!
In a way there's nothing very "Buddhist" about the meditation you'll find on Wildmind. When you pay attention to your breath, or to the sensations in your body as you walk, or when you cultivate feelings of love for another person, you won't have a sense that you're doing anything very "religious." In a way these are simply "human" meditation practices -- ways that a human being can pay attention to his or her own experience, and gently cultivate greater awareness and love.
The simplest form of meditation we teach here is mindfulness of breathing. The essence of this practice is that we simply bring our attention to the sensations of the breathing, and when the mind wanders, as it will, we gently steer it back to the breath once again. However in the form we teach here, there are four stages, each of which has a specific purpose in helping us to develop calmness, energy, continuity of awareness, or one-pointedness.
The other main form of meditation that we teach is the cultivation of lovingkindness, in which we take responsibility for our emotions, and encourage the development of qualities of empathy, patience, kindness, and compassion.
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