Meditation

Regular Meditation Sessions at Hayagriva 

Sunday 10 to 11am

Tuesday 10 to 11am


"Meditation is very simple. When hearing about meditation for the first time, you might think,  That must be very special; meditation couldn't be for me but only for special people. This just creates a gap between you and meditation.

Actually, watching television, which we all do, is a bit like meditating. When you watch television, you watch what's happening on the screen; when you meditate, you watch what's happening on the inner screen of your mind where you can see all your good qualities, but all your inner garbage as well. That's why meditation is simple.

The difference, however, is that through meditation you learn about the nature of your mind rather than the sense world of desire and attachment. Why is this important? We think that worldly things are very useful, but the enjoyment they bring is minimal and transient. Meditation, on the other hand, has so much more to offer, joy, understanding, higher communication and control. Control here does not mean that you are controlled by somebody else but rather by your own understanding knowledge-wisdom, which is a totally peaceful and joyful experience. Thus, meditation is very useful."

Lama Thubten Yeshe in Bloomington, Indiana, 1975. Edited from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive by Dr. Nick Ribush. Read More


Sunday 10-11am Guided Meditation

This is a great way to refresh your mind for the day and the week to come. You are gently guided through the meditation with the first half a meditation on the breath while the second half is an analytical meditation on a subject chosen by our meditation teacher. This class is well-suited to both experienced practitioners and newcomers to Buddhism.  

Price: By donation.

 

Sunday Meditation session outline

First segment

    •    Three prostrations to the Buddha (optional)

    •    Preparing body and mind for meditation

    •    Checking of the posture

    •    Developing motivation

    •    Visualising the Buddha

    •    Refuge and Motivation prayers

    •    Visualising the Buddha coming to the crown of the head

    •    Breathing meditation (approx 15 mins)

    •    3 minute silent break to stand, stretch etc.

Second segment

    •    Guided analytical meditation on the topic of the day

    •    Dedication and question time

Tuesday Meditation 10-11am Venerable Drolma

Well-suited to newcomers to Buddhism or for those who need the discipline of a guided meditation. Venerable Drolma leads the session. The focus is on the breath with the aim of relaxing and clearing the mind, which will eventually lead to a sense of equanimity. Included in this session is "walking" meditation.

Price: By donation.