Dalai Lama Teaches the Eight Verses for Training the Mind

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India—Dalai Lama shares his teaching on the ‘Eight Verses for Mind Training by Geshé Langri Tangpa. As meditators, we are ultimately interested in learning how to train the mind. Whether it’s to be strong, to find happiness, to lose weight, to attract what you desire, or to be positive, mind training is what we here at THE DAILY MEDITATION are most interested in. Today, the Dalai Lama has shared his invaluable insights on how to train the mind. As the Dalai Lama celebrated his birthday (born July 6th 1935), he shared teachings to mark the occasion. Greeting a group from…

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Guided Body Scan Meditation Script From Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has uploaded a wonderful guided body scan meditation script that will help you to relax today and to feel a sense of balance. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a Tibetan teacher and master of Karma Kagyu and Nyingma. He is also the author of two bestselling meditation books and the overseer of the Tergar Meditation Community. I’ve shared both the video and the script below, so you can follow along with Yongyey or perform the meditation on your own by reading the script. Guided Body Scan Meditation Script & Video httpv://youtu.be/5GSeWdjyr1c Script I’m very happy to share with…

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Plum Village Virtual Meditation Retreat Taking Bookings Now

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Plum Village, the Buddhist monastery created by Thich Nhat Hanh and Chan Khong in 1982, has started taking booking for its online meditation retreat. Thich Nhat Hanh [Vitenamese Thien Buddhist monk and peace activist and one of the best meditation teachers ever] once dreamt of creating an online monastery, and now it is happening. The Plum Village virtual weekend retreats will be streaming live from France. Brother Phap Xa will be leading a deep listening dharma sharing circle. At this time of year, the Plum Village monastery would be receiving visitors from all around the world for its usual annual…

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My New Way Of Meditating Has Basically Changed Everything

Recently I’ve been using a new way of meditating and he has made a huge difference in the way I perceive myself and the world around me. I actually don’t have a name for this new meditation techniques. Maybe I’ll call it “Zero Infinity”, you’ll see why in a moment. As you may know, there are lots of different meditation techniques in the world, and those methods have more than 100 benefits. As a meditation teacher, I’ve been using all the tried-and-true meditation techniques for more than 15 years, and naturally over time these have evolved into something new. My…

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Chanting Meditation For Beginners [Benefits, Techniques, & Tradition]

There are many benefits of chanting meditation for beginners to look forward to. This meditative style is traditionally used in Buddhism [read: Buddhist meditation] as well as in Hinduism yoga, and Christianity. In this guide, I’ll share everything you need to know to get started with chanting meditation. What is chanting meditation—A Beginner’s Introduction Chanting meditation is essentially the practice of meditating while reciting various chants, which are often in the form of various mantras [READ: Meditation Mantras For Beginners]. You’ll find this style of meditating very relaxing. The gentle humming sounds soothe you with their vibrational qualities and can…

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4 Best Buddhism Online Courses Are Free Right Now

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Good news! Four of the very best Buddhism online courses are free right now, including Coursea. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced colleges and universities to move their regular in-person lectures and courses in Buddhism online and make them free to the public. This makes it the perfect time for anyone interested in learning the religion to take a Buddhism online course (plus you can learn Buddhist meditation in our free guide). With the sheer number of different Buddhism online courses free right now, you can literally study every part of Buddhism and dharma. These classes offer the best that universities…

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Letting Go To Be Happy – A Guide

When it comes to feeling good, one strategy is proven to work: letting go to be happy. Happiness. It’s something that almost all of us are truly after in life. However, we all know it can be incredibly hard to live day to day, let alone moment by moment, in a happy state. There’s always something that comes up that throws us off: someone cut you off in traffic, someone said something inconsiderate to you, or the office work that day was boring. The truth is that life does not have to be this way. In this post, I will discuss…

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Do You Share These 10 Signs Of An Enlightened Person

Our mission here on THE DAILY MEDITATION is to help you achieve enlightenment. But you might wonder: What are the signs of an enlightened person? Enlightened people are all around us. But you might not spot them. After all, enlightened people are not the type of people to gloat, show off or draw attention to themselves. In fact, they are often the quieter ones, the ones helping out their fellow man, the ones protecting the environment, the ones living their entire lives helping those in need. Here are the top 10 signs of an enlightened person. Are you one of…

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How To Stay Mindful All The Time According To Buddha

One of the biggest challenges in mindfulness is simply knowing how to stay mindful all the time. Thankfully, you can stay mindful using the Four Foundations Of Mindfulness. You know what it’s like. You take your frequent twenty-minute breaks to practice mindfulness (read our guide to mindfulness exercises). While you are meditating, you feel great. You have that clear consciousness, that inner peace and relaxation. And everything is groovy, right? Then you stop meditating and honestly, how long does it take you to stop being mindful? For me, sometimes I can stay mindful all day. Other times something happens (like…

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3 Reasons You’re NOT Happy (a Buddhist view)

Why are you unhappy? And what does Buddhism teach you about how to be happy? In this article, R.J shares his insights.  (Author: R.J from from Mindful Moments, a blog about mindful tips).  The oft-quoted, “Happiness comes from within,” makes for some great refrigerator art, but what does it actually mean, and how does one actually experience it? In this article, I will delve into some core Buddhist teachings. While you read, I invite you to pay particular attention to any personal connections that arise. So perhaps these Buddhist teachings can mean more than cliched quotes on a dorm-room picture…

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I Went On A 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat And Was Stunned

What's it like being on a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat? In this guest post, Jennifer Hahne shares her experience. “This ten-day Vipassana meditation course that you have applied for is a very serious, deep operation of the mind. "It can be a rigorous undertaking, both physically and mentally, and due to this it is not suitable for everyone.” This was the serious response to my not-so-serious application on a whim and after a wine-infused conversation with a friend who had attended a meditation course. I obliged and committed to noble silence and to the code of discipline. This included:…

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Actually, This Is How To Become Enlightened In 2020 [TUTORIAL]
Spiritual enlightenment can be achieved through meditation. But how enlightered are you. And how do you become more enlightened? Read on.

Actually, This Is How To Become Enlightened In 2020 [TUTORIAL]

Want to know how to become enlightened? Ever wondered what spiritual enlightenment feels like? Sure it might not happen overnight, but it is well worth the effort.  Spiritual enlightenment is the highest state a person can achieve. It is the divine moment when you become one with the universe.   What Does It Mean To Become Enlightened? Enlightenment is the highest point of spiritual development that a person can reach. There are several paths to enlightenment, depending on your spirituality. Meditation, yoga, acts of compassion, and noble thoughts are all pathways to enlightenment. But before we look at how to become…

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How To Get Rid Of Bad Karma And Build Good Karma [TUTORIAL]

Negative karma is one of the main reasons for unfortunate circumstances in life. If you want to change your life, change your karma. Shinnyo Buddhism helps. At the Shinnyo Buddhist Center in New York they teach different types of meditation technique that are used to create Nirvana, to end bad karma and bring good karma. Kindness and compassion are the keys.

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9 Buddhist Mudras You Seriously Need To Know [TUTORIAL]

In this guide, we will look at the best Buddhist mudras, including: Abhaya Bhumisparsha Vitarka Dharmachakra Dhayana Vajra Varada Karana Cosmic In my ultimate mudras list, I revealed everything Buddhists need to know about the history, science, and background of these hand gestures. Buddhist Mudras are a way of training the mind and of healing the body.  In particular, they train the mind to follow the ways of Dharma, the "path". You might like to combine these with other mudras for the mind. Let's take a look at the top 7 Buddhist mudras. Buddhist Mudras That All Buddhists Should know…

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How To Choose, Use, Cleanse, & Meditate With Mala Beads

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In this guide, we will be looking at how to choose mala beads, as well as how to buy, use, cleanse and meditate with mala beads (which are also called “prayer beads”). Here's what we’ll look at: How To Use mala beads How To Choose Mala Beads Benefits Why there are 108 beads on a mala The meaning and benefits of different gemstones How to make them How to use malas for meditation Best malas to buy How to cleanse a mala     How To Choose Mala Bead Necklaces & Bracelets Meditation malas / yoga beads are necklaces and bracelets…

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How To Have A Positive Attitude Towards Life So Everything Feels Easier

When you know how to have a positive attitude towards life, everything feels so much easier.  Life does not have to be hard. There are ways to make life easy. Yes, I know, conventional wisdom says that life is hard. I beg to differ. We can make life easy if we choose to. It's all  about having the successful mindset. There will always be elements of life that can be perceived as a challenge, as a hardship. Buddha taught that there is always suffering. But the mind creates reality. Reality is nothing more than an infinity of particles spinning through space.…

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Best Spiritual Destinations In India For Your Spiritual Trip To India

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If you want to go on a spiritual journey, India is definitely the best choice. There are simply so many spiritual destinations in India, and there are excellent spiritual events in India too. I mean, for a spiritual vacation, India is definitely the place to go, right? Sure, the pyramids of Egypt are spectacular and deeply spiritual. The Northern Lights are a treat for the eyes (and soul). And Venice’s canals are simply irresistible. But no. You can't get better than a spiritual vacation to India. There are just so many spiritual vacation destinations in India. Take a vacation to…

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50 Famous Buddhist Celebrities You’ll Be Shocked To See [LIST]

We couldn’t believe some of the famous Buddhist celebrities we found when we made our list (below). There are actors, singers, directors, politicians and sports people. Our jaws dropped when we heard about some of these famous celebrity Buddhist. I mean, did you know that Courtney Love is a famous Buddhist celebrity? And after the controversy of her history. Amazing. Buddhism is a truly beautiful belief system (some call it a religion. Some experts say it is more a lifestyle than a religion). Take a look at this amazing list of 50 famous Buddhist celebrities. Totally mind-blowing. And definitely join…

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121 Buddhist Proverbs To Share With Your Friends [Quotes List]

Buddhist proverbs are truly inspiring. In the Buddhist quotes below you can see all the wisdom of Buddha. Over the years, many beautiful minds have spoken or written about the Zen way of life. Eckhart Tolle. Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield… and all the other spiritual gurus [READ: List of the Best Spiritual Gurus]  While I was beginning my own journey to Zen, I fell in love with these teachers and their inspiring Buddhist quotes.  It was a moment of great personal development. And like the roots of a plant that need water, my mind needed inspiration in order to…

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