This article describes and explains partly the Buddhist Meditation technique expounded in the Anapanasati Sutra.This Sutra describes a practice that has come down to us from the Buddha himself.Anapana means breathing and the word sati means awareness. Anapanasati is therefore the practice of awareness of the breath. Buddhist Meditation This is a particularly good Buddhist Meditation as you can practice it at any and all times during the day and not just in those hours when you are meditating.This sutra has been described as the incomparable path leading to emancipation. For our purposes however, it would suffice if we gained some peace and happiness and some freedom from our fretful, anxious selves.The sutra consists of 16 verses or methods of Buddhist Meditation. In this article I will describe and explain the first 2 verses only which will be enough to calm us down, get ourselves started and give us the experience decide whether we wish to continue, stop or progress further. The sutra reads as follows: –Following the breath in daily life – eliminating forgetfulness and unnecessary thinking.“Breathing in, he knows that he is breathing in; and breathing out he knows that he is breathing out. Breathing in a long breath he knows, “I am breathing in a long breath.” Breathing out a long breath he knows, “I am breathing out a long breath.” Breathing in a short breath he knows “I am breathing in a short breath”. Breathing out a short breath he knows, “I am breathing out a short breath”’ Very simple These sutras sound very simple; you may think what is so earth-shakingly important about knowing whether I am breathing in or breathing out. Do not be fooled. By doing this exercise you will force yourself to be free of your thoughts and desires. You will be free of your joys, sorrows, anger and unease and gain some peace.You can practice this exercise during your hours of meditation with profit. You can also – if you choose – integrate this method in your daily life and practice it as you go about your day-to-day chores. Most of our day-to-day chores can be done and made meaningful by practice of this method of Buddhist Meditation. While sitting, walking, standing you combine awareness of breathing with all the movements of the body. While sitting – “I am breathing in and I am sitting down”. While standing – “I am breathing out and I am standing”. While doing something which involves attention such as chopping onions – “I am breathing in and I am aware that my right hand is chopping onions” This is the way we can practice.You may find that the time taken for an in breath or out breath is too short to say the complete sentence to yourself. In that case say “Breathing in – sitting” or “Breathing in – standing” or “Breathing out – chopping onions” and so on.By following your breath and combining conscious breathing with your daily activities you will cut across the stream of disturbing thoughts and become peaceful. This is also an exercise that leads to stopping of our thoughts so that we can observe them. It also leads to an increase in our powers of concentration. You may find it difficult to sustain your practice over the weeks, months and years if you are practicing alone. It will be of immense help to you if you can form a group or community of likeminded friends who are interested in Buddhist Meditation. The group can then support and encourage each other. As I mentioned earlier the Anapanasati sutra describes 16 forms of Buddhist Meditation. I have explained in brief the first 2 methods, which are quite enough for you to dis identify with your mind and your grasping, anxious ego and gain peace. I hope you enjoyed this article and that it will be useful to you.Stay tuned for more in this continuing series.
What is meant by spirituality runs like a common thread through all cultures and religious traditions. It is expressed in the Christian tradition by the words: “He that loseth his soul shall find it.” A Buddhist poem expresses this intuition about spirituality in this way: “While living, be a dead man, thoroughly dead. Then whatever …
Selfless love always starts with the relationship you have with yourself. It starts from that place where you have no desires. You don’t engage in a relationship because you need to be in a relationship. True love is not limited to one person. It’s open to everyone and is expressed in various ways. When you feel you are a person, selfishness appears, because the person is an identity limited to the body and the conditioning of the mind. Living life as a person is a very vulnerable state. And when you feel vulnerable fear appears. And if there is fear love cannot flourish. When there is fear, the reaction is to cause pain and to defend. At a higher level of awareness the intention is to love, to accept, to serve and to give space so things can breathe and grow to their maximum potential. When you love truly, you don’t expect to get anything back. You don’t say “I love you only if you love me”. True love is not an agreement. Love does not start with another person. It can of course be expressed in a romantic relationship, but a relationship should not be limited to a romance. The partner must also be your best friend, so you can feel free to speak openly and to be with him/her without pretension. If you are trapped in the belief that you are a person, you will feel uncomfortable when you are with others, because the person is not your natural state. You will compete with others, you will want to impress them, to get their attention or you will want to be accepted and you will begin to play roles and pretend you are someone else. In true love you have to be willing to forget yourself. Love is what makes you forget your personal self. Like when you are alone and relax so much that you forget that you have to be someone else. This is what it means to be no one. Inner peace comes only when you surrender to existence. Then also confidence appears. Visit bbssrresponse.com for more
What is Positive Psychology? Positive psychology is a relatively new discipline. It’s the scientific study of happiness. Traditionally, psychology, psychiatry and other mental health disciplines have studied psychological distress. They’ve looked at anxiety, depression and other forms of mental illness and have developed ways to resolve these. Positive psychology asks another question: do we know anything about what actually makes people happy? Traditionally mental health disciplines have tried to move people from negative five to zero. As Freud said “the goal of psychoanalysis was to turn hysterical misery into ordinary human unhappiness”. This discipline asks the question whether anything more is possible and if so, how we might attain it. Why is happiness so hard to achieve? It’s interesting, when we look at positive psychology, so many of us find happiness to be elusive. Indeed, happiness for many of us seems elusive as though it’s some kind of a fugitive we run after it and it seems we have a great deal of difficulty finding it. This is probably because we may not have evolved to be happy. If we think of evolutionary forces, what they do is they select for organisms overtime that are able to successfully reproduce and their children are able to grow up and reproduce themselves. These forces don’t care really whether the organism is having fun along the way or is enjoying its life. There may not be any ingrained propensity toward happiness. And in fact many of the mechanisms that help us to survive -our ability to think about the future, remember bad things that have happened, anticipate things that may go wrong- all of those skills actually often contribute to our unhappiness. Do people hold misconceptions about how to achieve happiness? Human beings are actually terrible at predicting what will make us happy. Many of us have myths that achieving certain something, whether it’s a career accomplishment or money or something with our family, is going to give us enduring happiness. But it turns out that these things rarely work. For example, many people think that becoming rich would do it. Turns out that people with a lot of money aren’t appreciably happier than middle-class folks. Many of us assume that “only if I could be young again, then I’d be happy”. Well this is very interesting. It turns out that older people, when you sample their experiences day-by-day, have many more moments of happiness than young people do. It’s also very common to believe that “if I could have a family and have children that would make me happy”. And while people certainly love their children, when you go and investigate and actually ask people during the day what their mood is like at different moments, most people are not happier when they’re taking care of their kids than when they ’re doing other things. In fact, having children isn’t by itself a path to happiness. What are some ways to achieve happiness? Researchers have identified five broad paths to happiness. The first one involves using our virtues. These are things such as our sense of wisdom, our sense of justice, our curiosity, our compassion for others and those sorts of qualities that really the world’s philosophers and religions have always recognized as important. When we engage those in our daily life we become happier. The second area involves gratitude. It’s basically appreciating what we have and expressing that appreciation both to ourselves as well as to other people who have been generous to us, loving and kind in our lives. A third involves savoring. That means really tasting the moment, slowing down, taking the time to smell the roses, noticing what’s happening in each moment in our lives, not always rushing forward trying to get to the next item. Related to that is the idea of engagement, or what’s often called “flow”. This means being in our activities not self-consciously, not trying to achieve some kind of external goal, but for the process of it, for the experience of it. Athletes often talk about this as being “in the zone”. The final big area involves living life in a way which is meaningful and that almost always means doing things for others, rather than for our own aggrandizement – so whether that means doing something for the environment, or helping other people in a more close personal way. Serving others seems to be very important for sustaining happiness. Homepage