Some people find that the local Chinatown is a good place to look for someone who practices Chinese meditation.
The practice of meditation is an ancient one, dating back approximately 2,000 years, if not longer.
Tai chi is one of the most popular forms of Chinese meditation, not just because of the relaxing mental state that it promotes, but because it is also good for toning the body’s muscles. Qigong, also referred to as chi kung, is a form of Chinese mediation that also acts as a system of healing in traditional Chinese medicine.
Buddhist Chinese meditation is a term that actually encompasses a number of different types of meditation, each focusing on a main goal of bringing the practitioner closer to enlightenment. Excelling in the different types of Chinese meditation involves plenty of practice and discipline. I'm really fascinated by Buddhism and the ways in which meditation can improve your well being.
I think it's unfortunate in a way that meditation has so many different belief structures surrounding it.
Buddhist Meditation Beads, Rosaries or Malas are essential tools for the serious meditation practitioner. Malas are used during mantra recitations mostly but can also be useful to hold on to during other types of meditations and techniques to keep one's awareness on the job at hand.I have a particular fondness for malas and have been collecting them during my travels around the world over the years. Mother of Pearl helps one accept others by cleansing blocks, cleansing and purifying.The Turquoise prayer beads were given to me by a Tibetan friend as a parting gift from India. Drumming for mindfulness and healing: a simple way to calm the mind, remove stress and heal.
What the Teachers Say About Doggie Dharma: Did Buddha Teach That Dogs and Cats Have Buddha Nature? Science: Research Proves Vajrayana Meditation Techniques Involving Deity Visualization Improve Cognitive Performance and May Be Promising For Degenerative Brain DisordersScience, and in particular the medical profession, has long accepted the positive benefits of all forms or meditation. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche discusses decades of teaching, advice for beginner students and funny stories of his teachers.PART 1 OF A 3-PART FEATURE INTERVIEW WITH VENERABLE ZASEP TULKU RINPOCHE. Psychology and science have identified both drumming and mindfulness meditation as helpful therapy for everything from stress to memory loss to supportive cancer care. More than 2500 years ago, the drum was an important component of various Buddhist traditions.
Last year, I attended a teaching meditation weekend, focused on Mahamudra, taught by the most Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. I found the drumming-in tradition, and the magnificent chanting mesmerizing — which put me in a great frame of mind for a full weekend of meditation with Rinpoche. With the powerful, monotonous, punctuated sound of a regularly beating fish drum, chod drum, damaru drum — or even an upside-down pot — I can achieve a mindful state almost instantly. Of course, it’s widely accepted that mindfulness meditation in any form is beneficial to mind and body.
Drumming plays a major role in disciplining and calming the mind in both Buddhism and martial arts. Reduces blood pressure, anxiety and stress: 2014 study published in Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine. Group drumming and single-therapist drumming (while the patient meditates) are increasingly being accepted as valid therapies by the medical and psychiatric community, particularly for support of depression, cognitive disorders and stress. Since depression is one of the fastest growing problem areas in psychological treatment, drumming may be a particularly easy and helpful treatment option for mild cases of depression, possibly even reducing reliance on drugs. Independent research indicates that drumming can stimulate the immune system, particularly killer T cells which help fight viruses and cancer. Drumming repetitively at about four beats per second, has been proven to relax the mind, inducing either Alpha or Theta in nearly all participants in studies on the effect of drumming. When an EEG is taken of a person focused on drumming at 4 beats per second, the brainwave will inevitably go to Theta, or least Alpha.
To put drums in context, I thought it might be important to emphasize how important drums were in the time of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Through the centuries, the drum was also central to many other spiritualities and religions, from ancient shamanism — documented use of more than 25,0000 years ago — to Medieval Catholic ritual, to ceremonies in numerous religions.
In Mahayana traditions, we daily take refuge in the three jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Many of the different forms of meditation originated in the Eastern hemisphere, primarily in India, Japan, and China, and several different forms of meditation evolved from each country. This form of meditation consists of a series of graceful poses that flow fluidly from one to the next. In Chinese, “qi” means "life energy;" qigong focuses on helping the practitioner learn to recognize and harness that energy. Buddhism originated in India, but was brought to China approximately 500 years later by traders traveling throughout the region.
While the methods can be learned from a book, Internet research, a class, or a personal instructor, success depends solely on the practitioner’s level of dedication and patience. Tai Chi, for example, has many benefits outside of the mind and builds different habits of mind than other kinds of meditation. There's been a lot of research recently into what it does to the brain and how positive it can be, particularly for people who are under stress, but I think people don't want to try it because they think of it as a religious thing. Inevitably, arthritis pains subsides in my case, and I’ve avoided most of the colds and flus that go around my business meetings— knock on wood.
Many studies across decades of research have proven meditation is simply good for the body—and your health.
But, if that annual doctor’s visit brings dreaded news, a diagnosis of a serious disease or condition, your doctor will probably refer to a specialist. Studies show drum meditation supports treatments of cancer, Parkinsons and depression.Psychology and science have identified both drumming and mindfulness meditation as helpful therapy for everything from stress to memory loss to supportive cancer care.
The spiritual head of many temples and meditation centres in Canada, United States, and Australia, the eminent guru will make his semi-annual teaching round in Toronto, Canada in April 2016. The Gata, Returns for an Encore Performance in TorontoIn many Buddhist traditions, Vesak, the celebration of Buddha Day, is celebrated on the full moon in lunar calendar month of April (Vaisakha). Zasep Rinpoche is spiritual head of Gaden for the West, and teaches at Mindfulness Centre of Grey Bruce and Gaden Choling and many other centres.
Before I suggest a couple ways to easily use the drum for mindfulness, it’s worth summarizing what science says about drums. Here, the International drumming group Tao performs (see video below.) The powerful and compelling rhythm of drums can still and focus the mind — the quick path to mindfulness. Many studies demonstrate the effectiveness of drumming therapy in supporting depression treatment. He is leading a study using vibroacoustic therapy with patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease.
Drumming produces pleasurable experiences, enhanced awareness of preconscious dynamics, release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self. An experienced Buddhist monk or meditator during silent mindfulness meditation would likewise achieve Theta brain waves in the low cycles. The earliest known spirituality — broadly defined as shamanism — relied on the drum to journey into the mind and spiritual insights.
There are numerous different types of Chinese meditation, but the most well-known and widely practice include Tai Chi, qigong, and Buddhist meditation. Tai Chi can be broken down into different types, each focusing on a different aspect, such as developing a strong sense of spirituality or increasing flexibility. Buddhist meditation can have one of two aims: fostering tranquility or promoting a deeper understanding of the world and the practitioner’s place in it. I've just started attending Qi Gong meditation classes to improve my strength, flexibility and stamina.
In fact, both Chinese and Indian meditation are considered to be a part of the same tradition called Dharma, which basically refers to the order of the universe. Some of the techniques in Hindu and Buddhist meditation are different though. He writes books on how to be happy, and they have a lot of techniques and guided meditation on emotions and how to stop letting them rule your life.

A new study from the National University of Singapore, attempts to differentiate the relative benefits of different types of meditation…. And, putting aside Buddhists, why is the meat industry growing when the science says it’s hurting our planet?
Together with Medicine Buddha practice, they are important and treasured practices in Buddhism that have been relied on for healing for centuries.
Traditionally, Buddhists celebrate the event with festivals, art, meditation and reverence.
Since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, we have known about the stress-reducing benefits of both mindfulness and drumming. Increasingly, psychologists and medical professionals are using the drum for therapy support, after several significant studies demonstrated benefits to health. For me, personally, the practice of traditional mindfulness, while simply focusing on breath hasn’t been very successful, due to my over-active mind and stress levels.
Many independent studies demonstrate drums may be a viable therapy for everything from stress and depression, to assistance with memory loss in Parkinsons, to actually encouraging the growth of cancer-fighting killer t-cells. Drumming alleviates self-centeredness, isolation, and alienation, creating a sense of connectedness with self and others. Theta is one level of relaxation lower, at 4-8 Hz, which is characteristic of very deep meditation and mental imagery. Sound is also considered one of the eight sensory offerings to the Enlightened Beings, and playing the drum or the bell are considered to be very profound offerings. While Tai Chi is generally safe, those who have joint problems should speak to a physician before beginning a regimen.
By becoming in tune with those functions, by recognizing the moment when the heart beats faster or respirations become more intense, the practitioner can learn how to counteract those moments by telling the body to relax. Although all forms of Chinese meditation are spiritual in nature, meditation is a significant part of the Buddhist system of spirituality. If they are looking for inner peace, it might not be enough to just clear their minds every day without any other work on themselves. Alternate meditations, such as active body scanning, or logic meditation invariably doesn’t work well for my busy mind either.
And, as an aside, I find drumming beneficial in my personal situation: for pain reduction of arthritis. Deep Theta is often achieved by very expert meditators, and could almost be described as lucid dreaming. I decided to research the role the drum plays in different Buddhist traditions, and what the teachers say about drums and drumming. We all know how difficult that can be sometimes!I had a nice man in BodhGaya, India make mine with hand cut crystal counters at 21 on each side as that is what is most useful to me. My kind teacher, Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, smiled as they lifted the pup for a blessing after the teachings. Vajrayana visualization practices, under the guidance of my teacher, helped considerably, giving me a sacred focal point — but my mind still constantly wanders off on its own.
As far as I know, the goal of Chinese meditation is to reach the same mindset as Buddha-- to be a Buddha. Repetitive drumming, however, consistently moves even the busiest  mind’s into Alpha, and many right into Theta. In Hinduism, meditation is done to liberate the soul by completing the cycles of reincarnation.
This is what I know anyway. If we have any experts in Chinese and Indian meditation among us, please hop in because I'm not an expert. Rhythmic sound, especially percussion, is increasingly recommended by psychologists and doctors.

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  1. 28.02.2015 at 13:24:31
    spaider_man writes:
    Making a longer retreat stay in a lovely, private hermitage myself, and was really impressed mood, ideas, feelings.
  2. 28.02.2015 at 15:43:13
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  3. 28.02.2015 at 13:49:37
    BLADE writes:
    For instance, facilities that provide teachings in Western Vipassana or different Buddhist.