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In a world saturated with stress (whether work-, home-, school-, or even traffic-related), we find ourselves being lured by people and media ads into trying anything that brings relief. WebMD defines meditation as the act of channeling your attention in order to usher awareness and calmness into your mind.
For several years, meditation has been used for treating addiction problems, pain, high blood pressure, as well as hot flashes. Meditation has been proven to increase brain size, according to a study conducted by Harvard, Yale and MIT academicians.
A 2009 study conducted in China showed that participants who practiced meditation showed better blood flow in the right anterior cingulate cortex, which is responsible for things such as attention, motivation, and emotion.  Research has further shown that decreased blood flow to the said area of the brain have been linked with mental health conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, dementia, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Netflix enthusiast, horrible speller, jiujitsu hobbyist, weekend drinker, and occasional poker player.
This interview was conducted by Stefan Watzlawek and Melanie Zaremba on May 24, 2006, in Houston, Texas and appeared in Volume 20 of the Magazine Buddhism Today published in 2007 and is also held on the online portal. The meditation on the 16th Karmapa is the main meditation in all of our centers, and every new person coming to our centers first meditates on the 16th Karmapa. To quote the Great Yogi Chen, a highly accomplished teacher of Hannah and myself who did not leave his home in Kalimpong for 21 years, “When male and female essences are balanced in a lama, any meditation on him is Maha- Annuatara-Yoga-Tantra, the fourth and highest initiation level.” In this case, any practice identifying with the teacher may bring the highest level of accomplishment.
This became known already since Marpa visited Naropa in India the second time, around 950 years ago. Where do you see the main difference between this practice and other Guru Yogas, for example on the 8th Karmapa? When we are done with Ngondro and practice the 8th Karmapa meditation, does it make sense to practice the meditation on the 16th Karmapa as well? The phase of dissolving the lama into light, merging with that, and then becoming the timeless space of awareness, I would do each time, even if only possible for moments.
When the three lights are shining together, we experience the Great Seal and we rest in “Karmapa’s state.” In the dissolving phase of the 16th Karmapa meditation, there is only “awareness, beyond center and limits.” Is there a difference? Our languages were not constructed to handle nondualistic concepts, but the meaning is to rest within the sound itself.
Do you see us still practicing the 16th Karmapa meditation in the next 50 years, or will we be doing something else?
Absolutely, but probably along with other fast working meditations, such as melting the preferred buddha or lama into oneself from above and staying in that space. I would like to again point out the great and precious opportunity we have through our guru yogas.
Buddhism Today aims to be a living document of authentic Buddhist transmission for the lay person and yogi practitioner in the West. Diamond Way Buddhism UK is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales under charity number 1093406, and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company number 04459822, with its registered office at The Beaufoy Institute, 39 Black Prince Road, London SE11 6JJ. The first step in meditation is to focus clearly on a specific object or sensation with your eyes open or closed.
If you are trying to work meditation into a busy schedule, you can set a timer to let you know when your allotted time has passed to avoid the distraction of watching the clock.
Kayena-Vaacha Mana-Sendhriyerva, Buddhyatma-Naavaa Prakrute-Swabhawat, Karomi Yadyat Sakalam Parasmai, Naaraa-Yanayeti Samarpayami, Ohm Tat SatI offer all that I do, To Lord Narayana, Whatever I do with my body, Whatever I do with my mind, Whatever I do with my brain, Whatever I do with my soul, And whatever I do with natures help!
When meditating, one needs to assume a seating position and breathe slowly and regularly for 15 to 20 minutes. There are two types of meditation. Nowadays, more and more studies have been done to support meditation’s beneficial effects on brain function.
In a study done by psychologists Michael Posner and Yi-Yuan Tang, results showed that students who meditated showed lower levels of fatigue, anger, and depression. Better memory is associated with the thicker human cortex (known as the thinking cap) developed in people who meditated several minutes every day. In a study published in the Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, November 2012 issue, results showed that the MRIs of individuals who underwent meditation training showed decreased right amygdala activation.
With a session lasting as short as 15 minutes, meditation can prove to be the inexpensive brain booster, stress reliever that you have been looking for.
He first started giving this meditation to Hannah and me in 1970, during our first three years in the Himalayas.
At that time, a lama from Bir in the Western Himalayas asked the 16th Karmapa several times to pass on something meaningful, powerful, and short for the new world.
The blessing of the lineage and one?s recognition of mind’s nature are the same everywhere, but this practice is especially easy, practical, fast, and efficient.
At least so often that one feels surrounded by blessing and that a good wind pushes one forward.
Meditation is such a round thing, and by following the text one slides automatically from one level of blessing to the next. There are people often of the envious-proud-angry types for whom such a bond to the teacher is too much. The reason for inserting an empty line before the mantra into our recently printed text is that some meditators started reciting the mantra before having taken in the three lights together.
The disturbance is not the stream of sense experiences, but one’s habitual judgment of things.
One watches one’s breath and remembers the four basic thoughts of precious human body, impermanence, causality, and reasons for reaching perfection—until one understands that these relate to oneself. That is to say in the experience of sound and emptiness, vibration and space being inseparable. We are exceedingly rich to have such direct connections to our buddha nature through the blessing of an unbroken transmission. The best way to determine which style of meditation is right for you is to try several styles until you find one that meets your needs.  Let your body and mind be your guide. You can repeat a word or phrase (mantra), visualize a place, object, or deity, or concentrate on your breath and experience it slowly entering and exiting your body.

By practicing just a 10 minutes each day you will begin to notice positive changes in your clarity and peace of mind. Osho was a Hindu spiritual leader and the teachings and sayings of Osho has inspired thousands of peoples from India as well as foreign countries. The first one is concentrative meditation, wherein sound or mantra is spoken or sung in coordination with one’s breathing pattern.
According to the research, the subjects were seen to have less cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. In other words, their brain scans showed that they respond to stress better because of their emotional stability. During the 12 years we were with him, most of the time when we had to leave he put two dark, coarse pieces of very strong Bhutanese paper into our hands.
The practice is, however, designed to be used as a “preliminary.” With this basis, one can better melt together with the Lama and accomplish his qualities. If one experiences everything as at least interesting and life as fresh and meaningful, the meditation works.
However, meditating on the 16th Karmapa as inseparable from one’s own lama is immediate and easy. If one can meditate for a longer time, it is useful to go through all the steps contained in a given text.
I would say that whoever is without “roof damage,” as we say in Europe, and knows how to read can hardly do anything wrong. This happened also to me, therefore I noticed it, and also Shamar Rinpoche warned against this tendency.
Only this attachment hinders one’s meditation, and with such realization the tendency must gradually dissolve. We here distinguish a “striving” Mahamudra with form and a “realized” state of awareness beyond this. Before this realization becomes cluttered with ideas, one gratefully takes refuge, develops one’s mind for enlightenment for the good of all beings, and then goes on to the building-up phase.
After having felt the beyond-personal influences of the vibrations in one’s inner energy-lines and wheels, one gets lost in the vibration.
And I would like to assure those who might know the Karmapa only slightly that although “Karmapa” is the title for the first reincarnation-line in Tibet, the power stream of the lineage includes whoever shares in his work and brings the blessing of the buddhas into the world.
Sitting postures are chosen to allow the mediator to sit comfortably for relatively long periods. Here are some Osho quotes created with beautiful background pictures for you to use as your computer wallpaper. This article is aimed to point out the different benefits of meditation on a person’s brain functions and how it keeps the brain healthy.
The other is mindful meditation, wherein an individual briefs himself with all the emotions and feelings that enter his mind. Herbert Benson lauded the relaxation response brought about by meditation, which can result to improved brain waves, and better breathing and heart rate.
As a result, they performed better in the examinations, compared to the students who have not meditated prior to the exam. After having taken refuge in the morning, such identifications are the best for building up energy and moments of insight during the day. At the same time, however, he gave us the meditation on his 8th incarnation to be continued after the Ngondro. Even when one enjoys the 8th Karmapa for one’s own main meal, for the time in between the 16th is excellent. This practice of identifying with the lama is a steady injection of vitamins in one?s life.
If people are moody or tired during the day and then take in the lights, the strength of the veils dissolves. One certainly also perceives the movements in one’s body, the quality of one’s seat, one’s breath, and many other kinds of stimulation. In this meditation it means letting one’s trusted teacher appear as inseparable from the 16th Karmapa and Kagyu lineage—as “Tibetan” as one likes (that is, with the wished-for amount of cultural markers around him). He looked a bit startled, as if this was not necessary and asked me, “Does it have to be now?” As he understood that it was nothing urgent, he seemed relaxed. Also those who have never met any Karmapa or are confused by some exotic aspects of Tibetan culture are fully included through their wish to be of benefit. Use mantras when not engaged in learning or other necessary mental activity, and consciously enjoy their blessing and protective aspects. If you are uncomfortable sitting in lotus pose for extended sitting (20 to 90 minutes), two other asanas beneficial for meditating for periods of time are easy sitting (sukhasana) and sage (siddhasana). He often mentioned that this practice would be very good for our friends and that I should pass it on in such a way that it would always be relevant and useful to Westerners. The 8th Karmapa was given as the general yidam, both for us and our students as well, because this meditation pushes such a wide variety of unusual buttons in our subconscious.
That’s why we inserted an empty line and in some languages also the word “pause.” Hopefully in this way, after having basked in the blue light, one doesn’t skip taking in the three lights as a unity before the mantra phase. These may come and go but shouldn’t distract; they shouldn’t be given any importance when meditating.
Its basis is space, the buddha nature of every sentient being, mind’s inborn and limitless awareness. All Karmapas are the same stream of consciousness, and different incarnations choose to work in different ways.
Understand everything pleasant as a blessing and something good to be shared with others, and see everything unpleasant as a life-experience, as purification and a teaching that should help others later.
If you are unable to sit in any of these positions, you can meditate sitting in a chair with erect posture. At the moment when Marpa felt this lightenergy form to be more important than the Lama, Naropa laughed.

All invocations of the lama are good and show us mind directly, but they take us there through different means. Whoever takes refuge in the morning and keeps a feeling of wishing sentient beings all the best may let the lama appear at any time and can use the lights and mantras whenever one likes.
If people can’t develop confidence in the realization of another human being, or if they don’t enjoy it, there exist other fine but less complete meditation methods than the Guru Yoga. Its path is the awakening of devotion and use of the conscious power contained in body, speech, and mind. Its six syllables remove the six disturbing emotions of pride, jealousy, attachment, ignorance, greed, and anger, and the 100 syllables of the effective Diamond Mind invocation invoke the same number of purifying buddha families. Don’t judge your meditations, and enjoy the aware space behind and between the experiences. Since 1972, I have done nothing but establish Diamond Way centers for lay people worldwide.
The 2nd Karmapa, for example, invokes a huge protective powerfield, the 3rd opens us up through wishes and insight, and the 15th brings ultimate meditations on union.
If several people recite a mantra together, everything starts to vibrate and hum; and people today, who are looking to meditation for quiet “inner” time, then find it here. That’s why Hannah and I are totally convinced that wherever this meditation is used, things will fit.
But for today’s chopped-up lifestyle and goal-oriented thinking, the 16th Karmapa meditation is right for us. Experiencer, object experienced, and experience here become one, and whatever happens or doesn’t happen is mind?s free play. Whoever is capable of seeing a human form as perfect is much closer to experiencing the world as a pure land than somebody who practices with the far easier light-energy forms.
He is so close, his power is so massive, and his broad and liberating joy vibrates in our Diamond Way centers everywhere. They are transferred through the three lights in sequence, leading to the ultimate empowerment of the Great Seal given with the three lights together. However, it should be avoided during the phase of dissolving with the buddha or lama, or when meditating on mind directly. Everything stays fresh, and one can feel the confidence and a stream of blessing that helps people mature quickly.
For their benefit, I hope to have found an unforgettable example and antidote: One meditates as if relaxed after doing a fulfilling job all day. Then one dissolves the lama in front into light, melts this into one’s own experienced body, and, according to one’s ability, lets everything inner and outer dissolve and return into space.
There, people mainly meditate on buddha forms of energy and light, and sing invocations in Tibetan language. Calmly one hears the children playing in the background and one only jumps into action when noticing that they will put their little sister into the sausage machine! Such practices employ the finest of spiritual science regarding the feedback of enlightened forms, colors, and vibrations on body, speech, and mind.
From this state of awareness the non-separation of space and appearances is recognized, and mind becomes limitless. Before the experiencer again becomes unclear or habits catch up, one lets a pure world appear. People have more discussions and there is less of a down-home feeling that holds them together. Everything around is now fresh and exciting, and mind’s potential simply shows its richness with each inner or outer event. Through the great gift of his joyful powerfield, the 16th Karmapa consciously filled space with his enlightened mind-stream. All sentient beings have buddha nature, and even though everything is true on the ultimate level—just because it happens or not—one is free on the relative level to create the circumstances that one likes. Simply because he was so great and possessed limitless bliss at all times and places, this method is very effective. Such freedom convinces the meditator of his innate buddha nature and potential, and the sign of the Diamond Way is always and everywhere the same: The practitioner does not leave the pure land again. Taking a closer look at its structure, however, one understands that this practice is more an instant initiation into the Lama than a meditation on him. Instead he strengthens the purity of his experience in everyday activities according to his ability, until one can again reinforce it fully during the next meditation. The openness of the practitioners for this text has changed markedly during the last 35 years.
In the beginning, everything “Tibetan” was magic and significant— the gold on the crown and all of the details on it. However, in actuality only the black pentagonal form of the crown denotes the hairs of the 100,000 enlightened female forms (dakinis or khandros, sky-walkers). The ornaments donated by the devoted Chinese Emperor 600 years ago and later blessed by the Karmapas were given great importance, as well as the world’s riches around and underneath his form. Afterward, the meaning of the mantra that became prominent and this movement toward the allimportant ending of the meditation continued until today, where the possibility for enlightened action appearing after the naked awareness of the dissolving phase mainly inspires people. The continuation of the pure view in one’s daily life is a never-ending and deeply inspiring job.
I think that returning to the world with the power of the meditation and improving it is what inspires people most right now. But it is also possible that—once the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje gets back his crown and it is not damaged, which we hope very much—the beginning stages of the meditation will regain their importance.

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