In all sects of Buddhism, meditation is a prevalent practice, but Buddhist teachers from different sects use different language to teach meditation.
There are meditations that focus on awareness and insight; meditations that focus on our breath, our body, our feelings, our minds and our mental qualities; and meditations for developing loving kindness within our minds and hearts.
It is easy, when learning a form of meditation, to just focus on the form and then judge whether or not we are doing it “right”.
There is freedom from this judging and striving in Dzogchen practice. Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche (1910-1991), one of the great luminaries of Tibetan Buddhism in the twentieth century, was a highly realized and accomplished master dedicated to the transmission and preservation of Tibet’s spiritual legacy and a principle teacher of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Here is a list of some of the teachings on meditation from Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche:
- “In meditation we can see through the illusion of past, present and future – the past is only an unreliable memory held in the present. The future is only a projection of our present conceptions. The present itself vanishes as soon as we try to grasp it.
- We should free ourselves from our memories and preconceptions of meditation. Each moment of meditation is unique and full of potential.
- Simply meditating in the moment, with our whole being, free from hesitation, boredom or excitement is Enlightenment.
- Everything is naturally perfect just as it is, we are naturally perfect as we are, a symbol of Enlightenment.
- Everything and everyone is constantly changing, nothing is permanent. When we want things or people to remain the same, we suffer. When we want something different from what we have, we suffer.
- With no effort or practice whatsoever, enlightenment is already here – it is not something or somewhere outside of ourselves. Striving for Enlightenment obstructs our free flow of energy.
- The everyday practice of Dzogchen is just everyday life itself. Each moment is a moment that can be a moment of mindfulness, gratitude and meditation… there is no need to behave in any special way or attempt to attain anything above and beyond who we already are.
- When meditating, we should feel it to be as natural as eating and breathing… we should realize that meditation transcends effort, practice, aims, goals and the duality of liberation and captivity. Our practice should be without effort, without strain, without attempts to control or force and without trying to become ‘peaceful’.
- Therefore we should be natural and spontaneous, accepting and learning from everything.”
There is an expression in Dozgchen, emaho, which means each and every moment provides an opportunity to be kind, generous, honest, mindful, grateful and loving. Emaho!