Monday, 04 April 2011 22:32

Really Is a Guided Meditation

Yikes! We finally fixed step nine in our “Dare to Meditate” ten step guide to meditation.

There are three mp3 files you can either play in your browser or download and play on your mp3 player of choice. First there is a guided posture audio file. Then there is one on meditating while watching the breath and another on meditating using a physical object. You can use these last two as guided meditations, they help you through the first 5 minutes and then the rest is up to you!

Get them here. And staaaaart meditating.

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
Monday, 10 January 2011 14:22

10 Meditation im täglichen Leben

In unserem letzten Videoausschnitt erklärt Sogyal Rinpoche, wie wir Meditation in unseren Alltag integrieren können.


Du kannst Meditation integrieren, während du gehst, während du isst oder während du dich um andere kümmerst – was immer die Situation auch sein mag.

Meditation ist viel einfacher als die meisten Menschen glauben – denn solange du dir dessen gewahr bist, was vor sich geht, und du dabei in der Lage bist, in einem Zustand der Unabgelenktheit zu verweilen, ist alles, was du erfährst, tatsächlich Meditation.

Wenn du beispielsweise die Straße entlang läufst, kannst du deine Aufmerksamkeit auf deine Umgebung richten. Schau dir die Menschen an, an denen du vorbeigehst, die Gebäude, Autos, Blumen oder Bäume.

Lass dich nicht zu urteilenden Kommentaren über alle oder alles hinreißen, was du siehst, sondern gestatte deinem Geist, sich lediglich der Objekte gewahr zu sein, die dir begegnen.

Wenn du auf diese Weise reines Gewahrsein in deine Aktivitäten einbringst, werden Ablenkungen und Sorgen nach und nach verschwinden. Dein Geist wird zu Ruhe kommen und stabiler und friedlicher werden.

Wenn du dann schließlich an deinem Ziel ankommst, wirst du allem, was als nächstes geschieht, mit einem viel entspannteren und offenen Geisteszustand begegnen können.

Stabilität und Zuversicht

Ein weiterer Nutzen davon, einfach nur die eigenen Wahrnehmungen auf diese Weise zu beobachten, besteht darin, dass du dich in das, was du wahrnimmst, viel weniger emotional verwickeln wirst.

Egal was du tust, das Entwickeln von Achtsamkeit und Gewahrsein in der Meditationspraxis wird dir dabei helfen, effizienter zu sein und mehr zu erreichen, mit weniger Anstrengung und weniger Stress.

Und die Einfachheit und Gelassenheit sowie der Humor und Mut, den du durch die Meditationspraxis finden kannst, werden dir dabei helfen, dich nicht von Arbeit überwältig oder ausgebrannt zu fühlen.

Sie werden dir auch eine gewisse Stabilität geben, eine Zuversicht, mit der du dich dem Leben und der Komplexität der Welt stellen kannst, mit einer sorgenfreien Würde, mit Gelassenheit, Leichtigkeit und Humor.


Gratuliere, du hast gerade die 10 Schritte-Anleitung abgeschlossen!


Wir würden uns über dein Feedback über unseren Kurs freuen und gerne wissen, was deine Erfahrung damit war:

  • Hat Meditation deine Art zu sein verändert?
  • Hat dir deine Meditationspraxis in schwierigen Situationen geholfen?
  • Hast du noch Fragen zur Meditation oder dazu, wie du weitermachen kannst?

Du kannst deine Erfahrungen und Fragen in unserem Forum teilen.


Published in Wage es zu meditieren
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?

If you want to ask any questions, or share your experiences and insights, you can visit our forum at any time

Now move on to
step 2: why meditate?

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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?

If you want to ask any questions, or share your experiences and insights, you can visit our forum at any time

Now move on to
step 3: your first meditation session

Published in Dare to Meditate
Sunday, 09 January 2011 14:15

9 Angeleitete Meditation

Da du jetzt mit der grundlegenden Meditationshaltung vertraut bist und auch mit den Methoden, in denen man sich auf den Atem oder ein Objekt konzentriert, kommt nun eine einfache angeleitete Meditation, der du folgen kannst.

Du kannst dir dies so oft anhören wie du möchtest und wenn es dir hilft, kannst du es auch in deiner täglichen Meditationspraxis verwenden.

Download Name Play Size Length
download The Posture

1.4 MB 2:32 min
download Watching the Breath

2.7 MB 4:57 min
download Watching an Object

2.8 MB 5:17 min

Download der Dateien: Rechtsklick auf die grünen Pfeile (bei Mac auch Strg +Klick)


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Mache nun weiter mit dem letzten Schritt: Meditation im täglichen Leben

Published in Wage es zu meditieren
Saturday, 08 January 2011 14:47

3 Your first meditation session

As the Tibetan teacher Mingyur Rinpoche explains, when you meditate, you are giving your mind a job—and gradually, as the mind becomes more and more familiar with its job, a natural and powerful transformation occurs.


Now it’s time to try meditation for yourself.

To get used to the experience of being in the present moment, begin by sitting for five minutes.

Just sit comfortably, your body still, breathing naturally.

Let your thoughts come and go, without trying to hold on to them or follow after them.

Try not to have too much hope or expectation about what you might experience or achieve.

You can start now...

Five minutes a day

Give this a try for a few days, with one five-minute session each day.

Then, as you get more used to meditation, you can gradually increase the length of each session, or sit more than once each day.

If you find it useful, after a session you can note down what you have found easy or challenging, plus any insights you have about your meditation practice.

Meditation Experiences

When people begin to meditate, they often say that their thoughts are running riot, and have become wilder than ever before.

This is a good sign.

Far from meaning that your thoughts have become wilder, it shows that you have become quieter, and you are finally aware of just how noisy your thoughts have always been.

It’s said that at the beginning, thoughts will arrive one on top of another, uninterrupted, like a steep mountain waterfall.

Gradually, as you perfect meditation, thoughts become like the water in a deep, narrow gorge.

Then they become like a great river, slowly winding its way down to the sea.

Finally, the mind becomes like a still and placid ocean, ruffled by only the occasional ripple or wave.

The fifth stage is that of perfect stability, which is described as an oil lamp not blown by the wind, resting bright and clear, unmoved by anything.

So meditation is a gradual process.

Any questions?

If you want to ask any questions, or share your experiences and insights, you can visit our forum at any time

Now move on to step 4: getting to know your mind

Published in Dare to Meditate
Saturday, 08 January 2011 14:10

8 Was Meditation nicht ist

In diesen Videoausschnitten sprechen zwei tibetische Lehrer, Mingyur Rinpoche und Khandro Rinpoche, über einige der Missverständnisse, die wir über Meditation haben können.


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Mache nun weiter mit dem 9. Schritt: Angeleitete Meditation

Published in Wage es zu meditieren
Friday, 07 January 2011 13:57

7 Wichtige Punkte zur Erinnerung

In diesen Videoausschnitten erinnert uns Sogyal Rinpoche daran, dass Meditation wirklich sehr einfach ist, und Mingyur Rinpoche gibt einige wichtige Ratschläge für Anfänger.


Hier eine kurze Wiederholung der wichtigsten Punkte, die man im Sinn behalten sollte, wenn man mit einer Meditationssitzung beginnt:



• Rücken aufrecht

• Hände auf den Knien oder im Schoß

• Schultern weit

• Kinn leicht nach unten gezogen

• Mund leicht geöffnet

• Augen offen, Blick leicht nach unten gerichtet


Vergiss nicht...

Sitze bequem – der Körper still, der Atem ganz natürlich, der Geist in Frieden

Lass Gedanken und Emotionen kommen und gehen, ohne zu versuchen, sie festzuhalten

Ein laufender Kommentar oder eine Analyse sind nicht nötig

Lass deine Aufmerksamkeit leicht auf dem Ausatem ruhen oder auf dem Objekt, das du gerade betrachtest

Wenn du abgelenkt bist, komm einfach zum Atem oder zum Objekt zurück Entspann dich – sei nicht zu angespannt und verurteile dich nicht selbst

Sei einfach...

• achtsam auf den Atem oder ein Objekt

• dir dessen gewahr, ob du abgelenkt bist

• und bleib weit und offen.


Für wie lang?

Wir empfehlen dir, jeden Tag mindestens 15 Minuten zu meditieren.

Wenn du länger sitzen möchtest, oder öfter als einmal pro Tag, kannst du das natürlich tun.

Das wichtigste ist eine Routine zu finden, die für dich funktioniert.

Geistige Haltung

Während der Meditationspraxis musst du nur loslassen und dich entspannen.

Ruhe einfach, offen, im gegenwärtigen Moment und lass alles, was aufkommt, aufkommen.

Welche Gedanken, Emotionen oder Empfindungen auch auftauchen, unterbinde sie nicht. Gehe ihnen aber auch nicht nach. Gestatte dir einfach, dir ihrer gewahr zu sein.

Wenn du in diesem Gewahrsein verweilst, erkennst du, dass du viel größer bist als deine Gedanken, Emotionen und Wahrnehmungen.

Du musst deine Gedanken auch nicht mehr fürchten. Du bist nicht deine Gedanken. Du bist nicht deine Emotionen. Du befreist dich von ihnen, während du die Gewissheit deiner wahren Natur entdeckst.

Folge deinen Gedanken und Emotionen also nicht, sondern sei dir einfach all dessen gewahr, was durch dein Gewahrsein zieht, so wie es ist.

Wir lassen unseren Geist dabei in seinem natürlichem Gewahrsein ruhen, vollkommen unbeinflusst von allem, was sich erhebt.


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Mache nun weiter mit dem 8. Schritt: Was Meditation nicht ist

Published in Wage es zu meditieren
Friday, 07 January 2011 09:38

4 Getting to know to your mind

In this next video, Sogyal Rinpoche explains what Buddha taught... in just six words.


Why is it so important to work with and understand our own mind?

Because the real source of happiness and well-being lies within our mind, and not in the unpredictable and ever-changing conditions of the outside world.

Our restless and impatient minds are quick to make endless judgments and concepts about everything in terms of what we like, what we don’t like, and what we don’t really care about at all.

We think, “I like this,” and feel attachment or desire for it, or we think, “I don’t like that,” and we experience aversion, pain or fear towards it.

We crave things we don’t have, fear losing what we do have, and get depressed at having lost other things. As our minds get tighter and tighter, we feel increasing excitement or pain, and find ourselves caught in an endless cycle of dissatisfaction.

In the end, we spend half of our life chasing after what we like and want, and the other half of our life running away from what we don’t want to encounter. This is what the Buddha called dukkha—suffering.

Simple logic

The teachings of the Buddha are based on straightforward logic and reasoning. If we want to end suffering, we need to eliminate the causes of suffering. Likewise, if we want happiness, we need to cultivate its causes.

These teachings were not given for the sake of being profound, but as a way to help us understand what actually happens to us, and how we can change it.

The Buddha explained that anxiety, fears and suffering come from minds that are overpowered by delusion and distraction.

But if we can tame the mind, then nothing can frighten us, because all fear comes from a mind that is untamed.

To put it simply, in order to tame our mind we need to understand what the mind is and investigate how it works.

Mind is the most important factor

Investigating the mind doesn’t mean we need to make drastic changes to the way we live. It means recognizing how our mind is the most important factor in all the activities of our everyday life, and how it is ultimately responsible for everything we experience.

In order to have mastery over our own lives and be able to help others effectively, we need to understand the reality of our mind and the nature of all our thoughts, emotions and mental attitudes.

Most people think of the mind as being thoughts and emotions, but these are actually just the appearance of the mind, not the true nature of the mind itself.

So, we have these two main aspects of the mind:

—the appearance of mind,

—and the nature of mind.

We spend most of our lives lost in the appearance of mind, without any understanding of the nature of mind itself. We are always looking for our true selves outside of ourselves, in our thoughts and emotions.

So, we are constantly looking in the wrong direction—as if we were facing the west and looking for the sunrise. Or, as the famous saying goes, leaving our elephant at home and looking for its footprints in the forest.

We give so much importance to these appearances, the projections of mind. Whatever thoughts or emotions rise, we let them sweep us away and off into a spiral of stories and illusions, which we take so seriously, we end up not only believing, but becoming as well.

Our potential for transformation

It is not the appearances themselves that are the problem—it is how the mind perceives them, grasps at them, and tries to solidify them as if they were real.

Therefore, in the Buddhist teachings, the main advice for this life is to purify our projections of the mind and realize the nature of mind.

The good news is that this is possible. As the Dalai Lama has pointed out: “A great Tibetan teacher of mind training once remarked that one of the mind’s most marvellous qualities is that it can be transformed.”

Through the practice of meditation, we can tame our mind by becoming more and more familiar with the essence of mind.

When we conquer our own minds, we become master of our perceptions. When we transform our perceptions, then even appearances will begin to change.

Ultimately, through taming our mind, we can arrive at the profound purity of the nature of mind, that great peace which the Buddha spoke of at the moment of his enlightenment over 2,500 years ago in India, beneath the Bodhi tree in what is now known as Bodhgaya.

Any questions?

If you want to ask any questions, or share your experiences and insights, you can visit our forum at any time

Now move on tostep 5: meditation posture

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