Sunday, October 25, 2020

Analytical Meditation and how to. use it

Using The Lamrim Meditation App To Deepen Practice Taming The Mind If you've spent time meditating you'll have probably noticed that the practice of cultivating the mind quickly brings the understanding that it's like trying to tame a wild and mischievous monkey. Sometimes we can feel frustrated and that we aren't making much progress. Don’t give up! Analytical Meditation quickly brings the mind into focus, bringing clarity and equanimity! Some meditators are able to tame their wandering and monkey like mind simply through the practice of sitting meditation. It's said that such meditators may have had many previous lifetimes of diligent practice to hone the ability. However for most of us a practical solution is required in order to progress and quickly deepen our meditation. Through utilising the powerful practice of Analytical Meditation in addition to single-pointed meditation we can rapidly bring about further deepening of our practice. What Is Analytical Meditation? Analytical meditation is the practice of bringing the mind to bear on one object or subject matter. Commonly this will be a topic such as one found within the Lamrim and then directing the focus of the mind to consider various lines of reasoning, contemplation of analogies and reflection upon related topics primarily from one's personal experience. Through such analytical contemplation, objects appear with clarity, bringing about strong insights on meditation topics such as refuge and compassion. When greater clarity and focus is achieved, we may then set aside Analytical Meditation and concentrate on the meditation object or insights with single-pointed focus. As single-pointed focus starts to subside and the mind begins wandering again, then return to the analytical meditation. Through this method of meditating on the topic of Lamrim, we will be able to cultivate and maintain a peaceful and virtuous mind throughout our practice and life as a whole. How To Practice Analytical Meditation Preparation: Pick a topic from within the Lamrim Study the Lamrim topic, doing your best to understand the Dharma within. Prepare guided questions for the meditation or, using our app, listen to the related guided meditation audio where Venerable Namgyel will lead you throughout the session. Actual Practice: Recite the Refuge Prayer, the Four Immeasurables, the Seven Limb Prayer, and the Mandala Offering* Start your analytical meditation by either looking at the question or playing the relevant audio in the app. When you have a strong feeling towards the topic, hold it single-pointedly in your mind. If the mind becomes distracted and focus starts fading, revert back to the Analytical Meditation. As the feeling becomes restored once again, set aside the analytical meditation so that you can hold the feeling with single-pointed concentration. It’s important to finish the meditation when the mind is in a concentrated and peaceful state. Avoid overdoing it or allowing the mind to reach a state of tiredness, thus ending the meditation with a positive imprint in the mind. *Venerable Namgyel has given teachings on why we recite these prayers in the "How to Meditate Course". Benefits Of Alternating Analytical & Single Pointed Meditations: Planting the seed of Dharma in the mind stream. Directing the mind in a Dharmic way, thus developing a virtuous mind. A middle way meditation, without the need to force our mind from swaying around to being absolutely concentrated. By meditating on Lamrim, we gain realisation on the topics within, getting closer to enlightenment. Listen - sample audio from the app - a 15 minute analytical meditation on the topic of "Refuge". Watch - Teaching on Refuge (The Beautiful Foundation Online Course Week 8), follow the meditation. I'd love to know your thoughts, let me know how you feel? Thank you!

Friday, October 2, 2020

More, Love, Love, Love!!

Subject is Loving Kindness Teaching time is 10am -12pm Saturday 3rd October Proposal for donation: Euro 55, Euro 45 for members, reduction possible Account Panchen Losang Chogyen Gelug-Zentrum, IBAN: AT76 6000 0005 1000 7905, BIC: BAWAATWW Registration: info@gelugwien.at Venerable Namgyel: Loving Kindness Join Zoom-Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89956682938... Meeting-ID: 899 5668 2938 Kenncode: 011152 Ortseinwahl suchen: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kefr14Gq51

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Love, love, love

I will be teaching Love in October, not August, sorry for the confusion!  Big love Namgyel.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

new webpages

Thanks to our wonderful Tara Team they have created a new look for our website. We ask you to look and let us know if you have any comments.  www.venerable-namgyel-online-sangha.com

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Worldwide teachings




Thank you to so many students worldwide, who have joined our online sangha and are so enthusiastic about what we are doing, thank you, thank you and a BIG THANK YOU!  We are translating into French, Spanish, Italian, Cantonese and German.....WOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!

Three people really stand out:  Lillian, Szeman and Fiona.....they have been extraordinary and have brought so many people together to produce a wonderful website.....  Please remember, we have never done this before, so we are doing our best.  We spend hours talking, researching and experimenting with lights and sound to produce the best quality videos we can

Wishing you all the very best for Saka Dawa which falls on the 5th June 2020 and is also the day of a lunar eclipse.  It is a powerful time for dharma practice and for practicing generosity, particularly to support the dharma.  

We have a wonderful programme of yoga, meditation for the young at heart/youth, White Tara practice, Medicine Buddha, Teachings on Love......wow, so much it is hard to describe!  

Big love from Venerable Namgyel.
ps we have lots of sponsorship for lights, so everyday, I am offering thousands of electric lights and candles and praying on behalf of the sponsors......(gosh it is getting hot in the house!)

Monday, February 10, 2020

is meditation difficult? Let me help you.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.vplay.tibet

Just click on that link and you will immediately be able to download five minute samples of meditations I have taught.....if you want longer meditations, there is an extra charge.  Wishing you all the very best.
May you be happy!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

My cardiologist's opinion

I had a scan done on Wednesday at St. Thomas's hospital in Toowoomba.  As I told you, in 2014 my heart function was 32% and this time the scan showed over 60% which is completely normal.  The doctor was very happy and has given me some medication to rectify the shaking rhythm......so it's good news and thank you all for your kind dedications and prayers.....

Revisited the cardiologist recently and he said my heart is fine, and I could either have electricity applied to stabilise the rhythm or continue with medication.  In consultation with my Gurus I decided to stay with the medication.  The doctor also conceded that the radical treatment doesn't always work - and I could be that one!