Friday, May 21, 2021

Science and us

Hello All, I received an email from somebody who needs our help, here is the email in it's entirety, please consider taking the questionnaire, it doesn't take very long but is thought provoking! Dear Venerable Namgyel, I am a Master student in Psychology, currently writing my master thesis about the cognitive and emotional effects of meditation and mindfulness. As you do such amazing work bringing meditation, and with that its many benefits, to more people, I wanted to ask if you could share the link to our study with your community? At the moment we are struggling a bit to reach meditators, so we would be really grateful for your help. A bit about our study: As you probably know very well, meditation and mindfulness has an abundance of benefits both for physical and mental health and well being. Given that there are already various mental health approaches that utilize mindfulness (i.e., MBSR, MCBT, ACT) we aim to extend this research to the benefits of meditation in the general population. For this purpose, we have created an online questionnaire that investigates the emotional and cognitive effects of mindfulness. The study is conducted as part of my thesis at the University of Groningen Master program in Psychology, in collaboration with the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The questionnaire is in English, takes about 15-20 min to fill out and is completely voluntary and of course anonymous. This is the link in case you would like to take a look: https://ww2.unipark.de/uc/Characteristics_and_Effects_of_Meditation/Charite/ Feel free to also participate yourself! If you have any questions regarding the study, please let me know! Thank you in advance! Warmest regards, Sarah Pux

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Kathmandu, Nepal

Hello my dear friends, Terrible news from India and Nepal. I was talking to a Geshe friend of mine yesterday. He is the head of the Gelugpa now and is working hard to support over ten monasteries and nunneries who have no access to funding. He is supplying them with vitamin c, water bottles and good food such as fruit and veg, so they can get over the virus quickly. One way of supporting this work is to sponsor Saka Dawa pujas though our site. All the money raised in this way goes directly to the Nepalese monks and nuns. Please help if you can and rejoice in helping and in the merit. www.venerable-namgyel-online-sangha.com
Big love, Venerable Namgyel.
Photo of the compassionate Geshe, who is helping the nunneries/monasteries and children who are very poor, from the mountains, sent down to Kathmandu into his care.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Bowen Therapy in Woombye

Leanne Sippel is a fantastic practitioner of Bowen Therapy. For many years I had heard about this healing method, but never had the opportunity to experience it. While moving house, i experienced some pain in my back (which is a chronic problem from over thirty years ago) - but with two treatments, it was much better and the pain ceased. A young person I know also tried Bowen and found great relief from a neck/shoulder problem and a hip problem. He was resistant to the idea of Bowen, but then when it worked, he wanted more. I find the method to be non-confrontational, as you don't have to remove clothing, which is wonderful as the body ages! Leanne is planning to start a clinic in Wombye from May, and quite honestly i can't recommend her too highly. She is straightforward and honest. No messing around. So if you have tried other methods but not found satisfaction, do try Leanne. Venerable Namgyel. Clinic will be at Woombye starting Monday 10 May (Mondays only) People can text or ring me to book: 0438 684 705 (book early she will be very busy) Bowen Therapy is stimulation of muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves at certain points to induce the body to make changes to heal itself. It is often used to relieve pain, balance the body, stimulate organs, clear toxins and for relaxation. Some of the reasons you might come for treatment: Neck, shoulder, lower back or sciatic PAIN Sports and other traumatic injuries, general muscle sprains or strains Migraines / headaches Muscle pain Digestive and bowel problems Hip, knee, ankle, foot problems Menstrual and hormonal irregularities Respiratory problems, sinus, hayfever Qualifications: Cert IV – Bowen Training Australia Dip Specialised BT - Bowen Training Australia Special Bowen Procedures 2 - Bowtech Sports Bowen 1 & 2 – Michael Quinlivan and Karen Hedrick Upper Thoracic and Neck – John Garfield Importance of Symmetry Extended – Graham Pennington

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

April 2021 update

Hi all, sorry about the infrequent posts, but in January, i moved into an old house in South Burnett and have been busy with interior exterior work to prepare it for living and long term retreat. In addition, i am still teaching on Sunday, via zoom, and have visited Noosa a couple of times to teach Dharma and meditation. If you are interested in my current teaching schedule, you can find that through our international website: www.venerable-namgyel-online-sangha.com Looking forward to seeing you soon. Venerable Namgyel.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Looking back over this year, what made you humble and amazed? I've been amazed seeing my students’ patience and resilience over the year. This year was not easy, however because of our motivation to become better people, we fight with the difficulty, transform it into beneficial…, attend teachings, do meditation, hold up our Dharma practice. Every time I see you in the Zoom room, I know you are here… it makes me happy. I’m feeling humble to see many Dharma students actualize their practice in many excellent ways. Some are providing medical care, various kinds of social support. Many volunteers make great efforts, give their time to make sure Online Sangha is a safe place for refuge. Some people provide financial support so we can run this platform and we even funded enough seed money to turn our online platform into an actual to-be-finished retreat house! We are in pain and suffering, but we are trying our best to think beyond "me, me, me" and toward concerns about others and the Dharma, which is so beautiful. Thank you very much. I rejoice in all of your virtuous deeds. Because of you, I will be here to serve until samsara ends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Big love, Venerable Namgyel Oct to Dec Impact Report BREAKING NEWS! We have successfully fundraised to buy a retreat house in Australia. This house will be the new residence of Venerable Namgyel to extend his Dharma activities to the local community.... Venerable Namgyel Online Sangha

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

New year Celebrations

Celebrating Losar & Chotrul Duchen 12-27 February 2021 Lord Buddha's Fifteen Days of Miracles Losar (Tibetan New Year), followed by the The Fifteen Days of Miracles, is a special and auspicious time. It marks how Guru Shakyamuni Buddha showed his miraculous powers, inspiring people to have faith. During these fifteen days (12-27 February 2021) any virtuous actions performed is multiplied by 100 million! It culminates on the full moon, the fifteenth day of the Tibetan lunar calendar, also known as Chotrul Duchen. This is a precious time to perform virtuous dharma actions. We will be launching the fundraising for the retreat house in Australia around the same time. Stay tuned for a great opportunity to accumulate numerous merits!

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!