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. Drumming for mindfulness and healing: a simple way to calm the mind, remove stress and heal. 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.
A new study from the National University of Singapore, attempts to differentiate the relative benefits of different types of meditation. This may not surprise Vajrayana practitioners, who know just how much of the brain must be activated to stabilize a complex visualization, but it may also be good news for people at risk for Alzheimer’s and other cognitive degenerative disorders.
The study was conducted by Professor Maria Kozhevnikov and Doctor Ido Amihai from the Department of Psychology, and just recently published in the journal PLOS ONE for July 2014. Putting aside the obvious spiritual attainments associated with each path, there are significant differences in health benefits. The complex visualizations required in Vajrayana meditative methods, which can include holding detailed images for long periods of time, dramatically and immediately improve cognitive ability according to research from NUS. Specifically, Samatha and Vipassana meditation (which are also part of Vajrayana foundation practice) were compared to Vajrayana meditations which included visualization and self-generation-as-Deity and Rigpa. By contrast, Theravada style meditation produced improved parasympathetic activity, and a decrease in activation of the sympathetic system. Vajrayana students have long been taught to anchor their practices in Samatha and Vipassana meditation, then, as they advance in their practice to undertake Deity visualizations.
Vajrayana visualization involves holding rich and detailed images of Deities such as White Tara.
Interestingly, another term for one branch of Vajrayana is Mantrayana, due to its emphasis on Mantra with visualization. The study conclusively concludes that even one session of Vajrayana deity visualization meditation brings immediate cognitive improvements. The test subjects were all practitioners from Nepal, with years of experience in Tibetan Vajrayana meditation. The purpose of Vajrayana meditation is not to enhance cognitive abilities—but it’s a very nice side effect.
An additional area of benefit, from separate studies, is treatment of anxiety or depression.
In Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, an entire section on clinical applications is dedicated to visualizing compassionate Buddha images (normally Avalokitesvara).
Adding this clinical experience, to this new research on cognitive benefits show added benefits specifically from visualization practice of compassionate Buddha’s. The benefits of practicing properly under a qualified Vajrayana teacher are well established—and the long lasting benefits are clear and sure. Visualization meditation involves focusing the mind on a personal goal and seeing that goal in the mind's eye. Visualization meditation trains the subconscious mind to make choices that will lead to the realization of an individual's goals.
Visualization meditation involves making a personal goal the focus of meditative practice and seeing that goal in the mind’s eye. All forms of meditation involve focusing the mind on one specific point, which may be music, a mantra or chant, or nothing at all.
One benefit of visualization meditation is that it helps people to achieve their goals by training the mind. This meditation comes with truly beautiful music that has been enhanced with Alpha Isochronic tones – to send you into a dreamy state of mind.
Making sure that each part is totally relaxed and heavy… Once this has been achieved, we then move on to other places in your body. When we reach the shoulders and neck area, this is when we use the warmth of the sun as a healing tool to really melt away the stress and tension stored in these parts of your body.
The guided visualization then takes you on a wondrous journey where you will meet up with an animal that is special to you. Once you shift your focus away from yourself, and onto the protection of something you love, your anxiety and stress will begin to lift. This meditation uses music and the sounds of natures wind to relax you, whilst blowing away your stress and anxiety. PLUS – With this package you will receive a quality 1 hour peaceful recording of rain and rolling thunder. Please enjoy this wonderful and deeply relaxing meditation package for stress, anxiety, and simply to take time out to relax.
Creative visualization is using your mind to imagine a scene of something you wish to create in your life.
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You can use this visualization to bring your spirits up, learn acceptance and love for yourself and walk through life with a greater, more spectacular awareness of the perfection of your existence. Filed Under: Guided Meditations Tagged With: brahma kumaris, guided meditation, inner power, positive thinkingWake Up! In your mind’s eye, this meditation will bring you to a quiet, peaceful, beautiful place. This guided meditation for spiritual growth, The Magical Color Shower, has been designed as an introduction to guided meditation.
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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). In particular, the research team found that Vajrayana meditation, with Tantric and Deity visualizations, significantly improves cognitive performance. Although most of the study focused on Theravada meditative practices—which are frequently practiced also by Mahayana and Vajrayana practitioners as foundation practices—the study found that Vajrayana meditation added extra layers of cognitive benefits.
All participants in the study were monitored for both electrocardiographic and electroencephalographic responses.
The tasking tests given to participants revealed sharply enhanced cognitive performance immediately after Vajrayana meditation. Since Deity visualization practice literally takes years of dedicated practice, it’s easy to assume the long term benefits, considering how well the subjects did in the tests.
Quoted in the article, is the Thirteenth Zasep Tulku, Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, an Internationally Respected Teacher. The meditations require dedication and years of practice from the student under a teacher’s guidance.
We practice these proven methods to make progress on our spiritual path and to gain Dharma realizations. On the other hand, cognitive benefits should be nearly immediate, even for beginners, who diligently engage the mind with Vajrayana deity visualizations.
It is noted that the visualization should be of a compassionat figure “who embodies the qualities of unconditional acceptance, quiet strength and wisdom… beyond human fallibility.” The example they used was Avalokitesvara or Guanyin (the female Chinese form). To practice most—but not all—Deity visualization meditations Tantric empowerments are required. One of the five foundation practices is Guru Yoga, which may have the same benefits as other Deity visualizations, since this involves visualizations. And, if an additional benefit is a sharp mind, and defence against cognitive disorders, this is fortunate. Proponents believe that the main benefit of visualization meditation is that it trains the subconscious mind to make choices that will lead to the realization of the goal. That specific point in visualization meditation is a picture that is formed in the mind of a specific personal goal.
The subconscious mind will focus on the goal even when the person is not consciously aware of it, and it is believed that the person’s choices will then lead toward achieving the goal.
It is best practiced in a quiet room in which the person feels relaxed and calm and where there are no distractions such as television, phones, or computers. This is a visualization technique that uses a physical component as well as the obvious mental component. This visualization will take you into your inner-most self, wherein lies your true nature of love and beauty. It requires very little in the sense of ‘technique’, but much in the way of surrendering one’s sense of “doing” it by your own hand. This guided morning meditation from Top Guided Meditations was designed to help you get up and go. You will learn breathing, relaxation and visualization techniques to clear your mind of problems and body of stress. Energy healing can be described as any therapeutic practice that brings greater equilibrium to your energetic body.
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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. The breakthrough study found that Vajrayana meditation showed activation of the sympathetic system. The challenging practice is proven to improve cognitive abilities almost immediately, but the methods are challenging to learn—and require both a teacher and practice. This makes Samatha and Vipassana meditation ideal for spiritual contemplation, and stress relief. However, a student of Vajrayana, practicing both styles of meditation, should see benefits spiritually, mentally and physically. The researchers will, however, be looking at the effects of short-term exposure to the techniques, probably using naive test subjects who do not have the benefit of years of study. Although effects can be immediate, from as soon as the first meditation session, it requires long term commitment. It is also believed to be a mechanism for the mind to heal the body in instances where a person is battling a health condition.
For example, a runner who is training for a specific race may repeatedly envision himself or herself finishing within the needed time or winning, depending on what is desired.
Many people also believe that this practice can help the body to heal by utilizing the power of the mind. The lights can be dimmed to promote relaxation, and the person can be in any position that makes him or her most comfortable — lying or seated on the floor or on a soft cushion or mat.

I start visualizing a great vacation or business venture, but in the visualization scene I am looking out my own eyes rather than seeing myself in the scene. Professional athletes are known for using visualization to get ‘in the zone’ before a game. To try this technique, you first need to think of something you would like to visualize – for example, getting a top score on an upcoming exam. As opposed to the other techniques, visualization through meditation is more of a byproduct than the main focus. Whether you want to relax, stimulate creativity, gain enlightenment, or cultivate compassion and mindfulness, we help you learn how to let go. When your brain wave frequencies move into the Theta state, your body’s physical response is to slow down. The purpose of energy healing is to help you develop an energetic relationship with your body. For those who are not familiar with Chakras, or are just looking to try something new or to relax, this is perfect. I wasn’t sure from the other reviews whether Aimee would lead you through the chakras one by one which was what I wanted.
The Chakra Healing Meditation Program outlines a simple and effective plan to incorporate energy healing into your daily life. Since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, we have known about the stress-reducing benefits of both mindfulness and drumming. After meditation, any tasks involving the brain by Vajrayana meditators, showed marked enhancement. Foundation meditation will anchor practice—and relieve stress—bringing important health benefits. But for most advanced practices, initiations are required, for the education and protection of the meditator. Someone who is faced with a serious health condition may create a vision that involves living life free of the disease or may see his or her own body in a healthy state. As with other forms of meditation, visualization meditation also helps to quiet and calm the mind by focusing the thoughts and preventing overactivity, which can lead to anxiety.
The practice begins with the person closing the eyes and taking slow, deep, even breaths and then beginning to form the mental picture of his or her goal. But even if you challenge yourself to do this once per week each Sunday, you will start to see the benefits in time. I start conversing while in the visualization, and suddenly it is like the camera has switched to first person view rather than projecting on a screen. Basically, they are trying to see the action before it happens so they will be better prepared and confident once out on the field.
Replay the scene in your mind, only replace the angry responses with more calm and controlled ones. When you start meditating on a regular basis, you gain access to your inner self more than you have ever before. As your breathing slows and deepens and your physical body relaxes, your mind becomes clearer and more open to intuitively tuning into your body.
Your body stores an infinite amount of intelligence, and through regular energy healing practices, you can begin to communicate with your body and develop a deeper and stronger connection with each of your chakras. Her goal is to bring an awareness of holistic health practices to mainstream society through participating in creating a bridge between indigenous healing methods and evidence-based alternative medicine practices.
I myself, am already familiar with chakras and the like, but I still find myself learning new helpful insights every time I listen. She not only does this, but once you have been instructed to visualize the spinning vortices of energy for each chakra, you are also informed what areas of life will now begin to flow again. The Chakra Healing Meditation Program outlines a simple and effective plan to incorporate chakra healing into your daily life. My kind teacher, Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, smiled as they lifted the pup for a blessing after the teachings.
As many Deity meditations are complex —and should be understood correctly—a teaching, empowerment and guidance are important. There are a variety of techniques for practicing this type of meditation that involve focusing on a goal that is very specific and trying to see it in as much detail as possible. Meditation also involves rhythmic breathing, and some practitioners will imagine that they are expelling toxins and impurities through exhalations and cleansing and purifying the body with inhalations. Those who are beginning meditation often find that the mind tends to wander away from the goal and that it is best to allow these other thoughts to pass away and return to it, seeing it in as much detail as possible. It took awhile for me to get used to visualizing myself like I was watching a movie that I was in. I have gotten better with practice and the help of hemi-sync cds, but it is still a challenge to be aware of. In much the same way, visualization can be useful to you in your daily life by preparing you for a variety of upcoming situations. You can draw yourself, a book to represent study, and maybe a building to represent the school. So for someone like myself, new to chakra healing meditation, no previous knowledge is required nor does any previous track require downloading.
The following four techniques are proven to be effective in promoting successful visualization. After a while, your brain will only remember the scene playing out as you have re-created it, and the uncomfortable memories of the actual event will fade away. The design of the meditations in this program are meant to lead your mind into an alternate reality in which it is listening to and feeling intently itself and the body. The important factor isn’t the drawings themselves, but what you are picturing as you draw them. Slowly build the image until you have a whole picture of the scene and can really feel yourself being involved in the action.
You will get better and better at your meditation as you gain experience, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have strong visualizations right away. Your mind will be visualizing the road to success the whole time you are drawing out your map. The idea with meditating is to completely empty the brain and allow it to go wherever it wants. It will help to be in a quiet place, and turn off any distractions like a television or radio. With this technique, you will start to have strong visualizations just by ‘letting go’ and allowing your brain to put on the show. These visualizations are a great insight into your mind because they are not constructed manually; rather they just occur on their own merit.

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