Some facts, statistics and scientific research on meditation

Scientific research into the positive effects of even a few minutes of daily meditation is burgeoning and the results are clear—meditation is good for you. Even Oprah says so!

So, what does the science actually say? And how does meditation help people? Here is a small selection of facts and statistics coming out of some of the scientific research. The list is very far from complete so please share any other findings you might know of on our Community forum page.

Published in Meditation Blog
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 22:38

My favorite meditation place.

This is my meditation cushion. On my meditation blanket. Of course, there are many other places, where I can meditate, but this is my favorite one. My cushion has served me now for some years, it has accompanied me to some really special places and it has somehow the “meditation energy” within itself. And it kind of adapted to my bottom, almost like a part of me, with just the right filling and height and everything.

Published in Meditation Blog
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:45

10-step guide to meditation

Speaking from my own experience meditation is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself in your life. It gives me the stability and confidence to cope with the daily necessities and the many challenges of modern life.

At the same time, we all hear so many different things about meditation that it can sometimes be hard to know where and how to begin: "What does it actually mean to meditate? Do I have to sit up straight? How can I deal with the avalanche of thoughts that pop up in my mind as soon as I try to be calm? Is it the goal to be calm?"

Our 10-step guide to meditation aims to answer some of the questions you might have, and to explain why meditation can have such a powerful and beneficial effect on every aspect of your lives.

Most importantly, you will get the chance to experience meditation for yourself.

Published in Meditation Blog
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 13:58

What meditation is not

The Tibetan teacher Mingyur Rinpoche says meditation is not about blissing out, or blocking our thoughts and emotions.

Published in Mingyur Rinpoche
Monday, 10 January 2011 12:00

1 What is meditation?

Welcome to our 10-step introduction to meditation.

We recommend that you go through steps 1-10 in order, but you can set your own pace, and repeat each step as many times as you want before you move on to the next one.

 

Any questions?

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Now move on to
step 2: why meditate?

Published in Dare to Meditate
Monday, 10 January 2011 11:00

2 Why meditate?

Regardless of who we are, the main purpose of our life is to be happy.

In this video, the Tibetan meditation teacher Sogyal Rinpoche offers advice on how to find inner peace and contentment, and explains why meditation has such an important role to play.

 

Inner peace and contentment

All of us share the same wish, and the same right, to seek happiness and avoid suffering.

We spend nearly all our time and energy trying to find happiness, peace and satisfaction.

But do we ever stop to ask ourselves where the real source of happiness and well-being lies? Is it in the ever-changing conditions of the outside world, or within our own mind?

Our society offers an endless array of seductive messages that advertise happiness in money, possessions, fame and good looks.

The trouble is that none of them seems to lead to lasting happiness.

At the same time, we only need to look around us to see how prevalent anxiety, depression, stress and loneliness have become, as well as how our constant hunger for more and more things is threatening the very survival of our planet.

Outer or inner wealth?

If we look closely, we can see that there are two kinds of happiness: one that is based more on physical comfort, and another that comes from a deeper, mental contentment.

Many of us spend so much effort trying to accumulate and maintain material or ‘outer wealth’.

This leaves us very little opportunity to cultivate ’inner wealth’, qualities such as compassion and patience.

But if we have this deeper, inner peace and contentment—this inner wealth—then even when we go through suffering, our minds can still be happy.

This explains how some people can have every material advantage, and still remain dissatisfied and discontent; and others are always satisfied and content, even when faced with the most difficult circumstances.

What do we really need?

Of course, basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, health and education are crucial for all of us to live healthy and happy lives.

Beyond these, however, we need to ask ourselves honestly: how many things really deserve our precious time and energy?

There is a saying that ‘Only the foolish go looking for happiness outside of themselves’—because when we do that, then we have no control.

The wise and learned, the saying continues, know that happiness and the causes of happiness are all present within us.

Genuine happiness

You could say that the principal characteristic of genuine happiness is inner peace and contentment.

If you have contentment and inner peace as your basis, your mind will be relaxed and at ease.

If your mind is relaxed and at ease, then no matter what difficulties or crises you encounter, you will not be disturbed. Your basic sense of well-being will not be undermined.

As a result, you will be able to carry on your everyday life, your work and your responsibilities more efficiently, and you will have the wisdom to discern what to do and what not to do.

Your life will become happier, and when difficulties arise, you will even be able to turn them to your advantage.

So, for our own inner peace and stability, taking care of our mind and heart is crucial.

Once our mind is more at peace, then both inner and outer harmony will automatically follow.

That is why we meditate.

Any questions?

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Now move on to
step 3: your first meditation session

Published in Dare to Meditate
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 18:30

What meditation really is

More and more people are discovering the benefits of meditation.

This ancient method has come to be seen as a powerful support for modern life—something that can be practised anywhere, by anyone, of any age or background.

There is growing scientific evidence that meditation has a positive effect on our health and wellbeing, and meditation techniques are routinely used in the treatment of stress, depression and a wide range of medical conditions.

What Meditation Really Is has been developed by the world-renowned meditation teacher Sogyal Rinpoche after many years of teaching in the West, and with the support of some of his most experienced students.

This unique program is based on the wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition,making the benefits of meditation available to everybody.


Sogyal Rinpoche

Sogyal RinpocheSogyal Rinpoche is one of the best-known meditation teachers of our time.

Born and brought up in Tibet, he has spent the past 35 years travelling widely in the West, sharing the timeless wisdom of the Buddha's teachings and explaining how meditation can be of greatest benefit in today's fast-paced world.

Rinpoche has a remarkable gift for presenting meditation in a way that is authentic, accessible and relevant to modern men and women. Drawing on the profound experience of the Tibetan tradition, he offers a powerful glimpse of the transformative potential of meditation, and addresses the challenges of life with humour and insight.

His groundbreaking book, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, has been acclaimed as a spiritual classic. At a time when more and more of us are seeking inspiration and the tools to live with more wisdom and compassion, the book offers answers to many of our deeper questions. Almost three million copies have been printed in 34 languages, and the book is available in 80 countries. It has been adopted by colleges, groups and institutions, both medical and religious, and is used extensively by nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals.

Published in About us
Sunday, 02 January 2011 10:39

2 Warum meditieren

Ganz gleich, wer wir sind, das wichtigstes Ziel in unserem Leben ist es, glücklich zu sein.

In diesem Video gibt der tibetische Meditationslehrer Sogyal Rinpoche Ratschläge, wie wir inneren Frieden und Zufriedenheit finden können, und er erklärt, warum Meditation dabei eine so wichtige Rolle spielt.

 

Innerer Frieden und Zufriedenheit

Wir alle haben denselben Wunsch und das gleiche Recht, glücklich zu sein und nicht zu leiden.

Wir verwenden fast all unsere Zeit und Energie darauf, Glück, Frieden und Befriedigung zu finden.

Aber halten wir jemals inne, um uns zu fragen, wo die wahre Quelle von Glück und Wohlergehen zu finden ist? Liegt sie in den sich ständig verändernden Bedingungen der äußeren Welt oder in unserem eigenen Geist?

Unsere Gesellschaft bietet uns eine endlose Vielfalt verlockender Botschaften, die dafür werben, dass Glück in Geld, Besitz, Ruhm und gutem Aussehen zu finden sei.

Leider scheint nichts von alledem zu dauerhaftem Glück zu führen.

Gleichzeitig müssen wir uns nur umsehen, um zu erkennen, wie viele Menchen an Angst, Depression, Stress und Einsamkeit leiden und wie unser ständiges Verlangen nach immer mehr Dingen das Überleben unseres eigenen Planeten gefährdet.

 

Äußerer oder innerer Reichtum?

Bei genauerer Betrachtung wird schnell klar, dass es zwei Arten von Glück gibt: Die eine basiert auf körperlichem Wohlbefinden und die andere auf einer tieferen, geistigen Zufriedenheit.

Viele von uns bemühen sich sehr, materiellen oder „äußeren Reichtum“ anzusammeln und zu bewahren.

Dadurch bleibt uns kaum Gelegenheit, „inneren Reichtum“ zu entwickeln, das heißt Qualitäten wie Mitgefühl und Geduld.

Doch wenn wir diesen tiefen inneren Frieden und Zufriedenheit erlangt haben – diesen inneren Reichtum – kann unser Geist glücklich sein, selbst wenn wir Leid erfahren.

Das erklärt, warum manche Menschen, die alle materiellen Vorteile genießen, trotzdem unbefriedigt und unzufrieden bleiben, während andere immer befriedigt und zufrieden sind, selbst unter den schwierigsten Bedingungen.

 

Was brauchen wir wirklich?

Natürlich brauchen wir alle ganz grundlegende Dinge wie Essen, Kleidung, Unterkunft, Gesundheit und Ausbildung, um ein gesundes und glückliches Leben zu führen.

Für alles, was darüber hinausgeht, müssen wir uns jedoch ehrlich fragen: Wie viele Dinge sind es wirklich wert, dass wir kostbare Zeit und Energie für sie aufbringen?

Ein Sprichwort lautet: „Nur Narren suchen das Glück außerhalb von sich selbst“ – denn wenn wir das tun, haben wir keine Kontrolle darüber.

Das Sprichwort fährt fort: „Weise und Gelehrte wissen, dass das Glück und die Ursachen des Glücks in uns selbst zu finden sind.“

 

Wahres Glück

Man könnte sagen, dass die wichtigsten Merkmale wahren Glücks innerer Frieden und Zufriedenheit sind.

Mit Zufriedenheit und innerem Frieden als Grundlage wird dein Geist entspannt und gelassen sein.

Ist dein Geist entspannt und gelassen, wirst du dich nicht aus der Ruhe bringen lassen, welche Schwierigkeiten oder Krisen du auch erlebst. Es wird dein grundlegendes Gefühl von Wohlbefinden nicht beeinträchtigen.

Infolgedessen wirst du deinen Alltag, deine Arbeit und deine Verantwortlichkeiten leichter bewältigen können und du wirst die Weisheit haben, um unterscheiden zu können, was du tun und was du lassen solltest.

Dein Leben wird glücklicher werden und wenn Schwierigkeiten auftreten, wirst du sogar in der Lage sein, sie zu deinem Vorteil zu nutzen.

Um inneren Frieden und Stabilität zu erlangen, ist es daher entscheidend, dass wir uns um unseren Geist und unser Herz zu kümmern.

Ist unser Geist erst einmal friedvoller, werden sich innere wie äußere Harmonie ganz von allein einstellen.

Das ist der Grund, warum wir meditieren.

 

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Mache nun weiter mit dem 3. Schritt: Deine erste Meditationssitzung

Published in Wage es zu meditieren
Saturday, 01 January 2011 15:51

1 Was ist Meditation?

Herzlich willkommen zu unserer Einführung in die Meditation in 10 Schritten.

Wir empfehlen, die Schritte 1 bis 10 in der richtigen Reihenfolge durchzugehen. Du kannst dir dafür aber so viel Zeit nehmen, wie du möchtest und jeden Schritt mehrmals wiederholen, bevor du zum nächsten weitergehst.

 

 

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Mache nun weiter mit dem 2. Schritt: Warum meditieren?

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