Friday, April 24, 2009
Meditation and Maitri
I recently attended a Tibetan meditation course run by Ani Jangchup Chokyi, an American Buddhist nun and student of the Venerable Chongyam Trugpa Rinpoche.
The course was held on the outside balcony of nearby Hunters Hill and sponsored by the Karma Kagyu Trust.
It really was quite easy to follow. Simply make sure you are sitting with good posture (a straight back), lower your eyes to a spot slightly in front of yourself, Focus on your exhalation of breath and let your mind run in whatever direction it chooses. She stressed the importance of being non-judgemental about your thoughts – known in Tibetan as Maitri. Now how easy is that?
Jangchup Chokyi recommends a meditation sandwich: start and end your day with thirty minutes of meditation.