Alan Watts talks about the art of meditation and why it is important to practice it, especially in the civilized world. The development of compassion in the mind is protection against much of the suffering we experience in life, but compassion in modern times is sometimes misunderstood as a weak or passive state.
This 8-week meditation course will follow the path of training the mind in compassion as presented by the Kadampa Lojong masters Geshe Langri Tangpa and Geshe Chekhawa. Each class consists of a guided breathing meditation, a talk on the topic of the day, and concludes with a meditation based on the topic. Compassion helps us mend relationships and move forward while fostering emotional intelligence and well-being.
This exercise draws on a guided meditation created by researcher Emma Seppala, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track.
We recommend listening to the audio of this guided meditation in the player above; you can also download it from Dr.


Now imagine that you are surrounded on all sides by all the people who love you and have loved you. Just as I wish to, may you be safe, may you be healthy, may you live with ease and happiness. Now think of an acquaintance, someone you don’t know very well and toward whom you do not have any particular feeling.
This article was adapted from Greater Good In Action, a site launched by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, in collaboration with HopeLab.
Greater Good In Action is a site launched by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, in collaboration with HopeLab. Imagine that person standing on your left side, sending you wishes for your wellness, for your health and happiness.
It could be a neighbor, or a colleague, or someone else that you see around but do not know very well.


Synthesizing hundreds of scientific studies, Greater Good in Action collects the best research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life—and puts them at your fingertips in a format that’s easy to navigate and digest. Synthesizing hundreds of scientific studies, Greater Good in Action collects the best research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life—and puts them at your fingertips in a format that’s easy to navigate and digest. With meditation and effort, our compassion will flower into the mind of full Enlightenment.
We have included a script of the meditation to help you follow it yourself or teach it to others.



Kriya yoga om meditation
Is meditation like prayer


 

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