Is Meditation the best Jackpot payment machine of Karma? 108

Meditation is the most fantastic present we can give ourselves! As a newbie to meditation, I'm already a huge fan. I've come across a few books on the subject, and today, I'd love to share some of what I've learned. 

1. What is meditation?

Greetings from Tibet, Tashi Delek! Before delving into the advantages of meditation, it is essential to understand what meditation entails in 27 sections. Meditation means to be accustomed to it. Ghom in Tibetan means to become a habit. 

2. What did Buddha lose by meditating?

Buddha was once asked: what did you gain from meditation?

Buddha replied: Nothing.

The person asks again: Then why do you meditate?

Buddha said: " Let me tell you what I have lost: I lost my anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, and fear of old age and death."

3. Why meditate?

According to renowned masters, individuals such as ourselves are only capable of focusing on a single item at any given moment, and most of those single items are unhelpful, unconsciously focusing on distractions that bring us suffering.

4. What are the unhelpful and beneficial distractions?

Unconsciously, focusing on anything is an unhelpful distraction that creates negative karma, while consciously focusing on anything that results in positive karma is a beneficial distraction.

Any meditation object that is chosen (Breath, Guru, Buddha, Deities, Body, and impermanence) to focus on is a consciously focusing form of distraction. Still, it is a distraction that offers benefits. By meditating, we can train our minds to concentrate on multiple tasks simultaneously.

Absolutely! As long as a living being has a conscious mind, they are connected with karma until they attain absolute enlightenment.

With Meditation, our mind is under our control, allowing us to direct it towards positive actions and accumulate positive karma. Further details on karma will be discussed later.

6. Which meditation guide towards enlightenment?

By practicing meditation, one can achieve a stable and purified mind, ultimately leading to enlightenment through the practice of Shamatha and Vipassana meditation techniques.

What are the benefits of meditation? 2024 Photo: Gate of Meditation cave of Je Tsongkhapa

Photo: Meditation cave of Lama Tsongkhapa

7. What is Karma?

The concept of Karma entails the relationship between Cause, Condition, and Effect. The necessity for meditation arises due to the karmic debts from our past or previous lives, which result in negative thoughts, speech, and actions. Therefore, to repay the karmic debt, we require meditation to stabilize and control our minds to not engage in more debt.

8. What is the Jackpot payment machine of Karma?

Karma is like a bank, asking us repeatedly,

When are you going to pay your debt?

Meditation is like a jackpot, paying the debt fast and fast.

As Great Atisha said, having deep trust in Karma is more precious than seeing the face of the Yidam deity, so we have to know Karma a bit in detail.

9. How does Karma work?

Karma works from three doors: mind, body, and speech.

So we have to be aware of what we are saying, what we are doing, and what we are thinking because that becomes our future, so to control or change our future, we need meditation right now.

10. How to change Karma?

As one great master said: Look at your thoughts; they become speech. Look at your speech; it becomes action. Look at your actions; they become your habit. Look at your habits; they become your destiny.

In order to alter the outcomes, it is necessary to modify the source of the problem. To undo the underlying issue, we must change our patterns of behavior. To adjust our behaviors, we must engage in the practice of meditation.

11. What is the best meditation for beginners?

Numerous meditations, such as breath meditation, Shamatha meditation, vipassana meditation, Tonglen meditation, visualization of Guru, Buddha, Yidam, and chanting meditation.

For beginners, breath meditation, Shamatha meditation, and Tonglen meditation stand as three of the most beneficial meditations to practice.

12. What is grand meditation?

Of course, once you've become more experienced with meditation, it's incredible to visualize meditating on your Guru, Buddha, or other deities. It's a great way to take your practice to the next level!

MilarepaPhoto: Great Yogi Milarepa

13. How to practice breath meditation?

  1. Locate a position in which you can sit comfortably.
  2. Keep your back straight.
  3. Eyes open or closed.
  4. Concentrate on breathing in and out through the nose.
  5. If we become distracted by our thoughts, we should redirect our focus back to the object of concentration, which is our breath.
  6. Continue with this activity for 10-20 minutes every day.

14. What are the benefits of meditation?

  1. It will boost our concentration and Increase memory power.
  2. Free from Distraction.
  3. Becoming more secure means that we do not require attention from friends or enemies.
  4. Reduce Anger, attachment, and desire.
  5. We will become more appreciated, which is the key to happiness.
  6. Slow aging & glow on the face.
  7. No depression and free from stress.
  8. Observe other dimensions.
  9. Reaching the state of Jhana, the blissful state.
  10. Can stay in meditation blissful state for weeks and months.
  11. Upon achieving the four states of Jhana, it is believed that one can levitate or pass through solid objects such as walls.
  12. Capable of telepathy and possessing extrasensory abilities.
  13. Through the practice of Shamatha meditation, also known as Shinay in Tibetan, and Vipassana, which is called Lhaktong in Tibetan, an individual can ultimately attain enlightenment.

15. What is Shamatha meditation?

ཞི་གནས་ Shinay in Tibetan. Two crucial meditation techniques are known as Shamatha and Stillness; the other is Vipassana, which is also referred to as Insight. The practice of Shamatha involves achieving a state of calmness and stillness in the mind after thoughts have ceased.

It is also known as 'remaining in quiescence.' The purpose of this meditative practice is to find peace and freedom from the disturbances caused by thoughts. According to Great Tsongkhapa, with dedication, one can attain Shamatha meditation in just six months. Upon achieving this meditative state, there is no room for laziness in one's practice, as it serves as a major hindrance to any endeavor in life.

16. How to achieve Shamatha meditation in six steps?

  1. Finding a peaceful place, out of distraction.
  2. Fewness of wishes.
  3. Contentment.
  4. Avoiding all the activities.
  5. Discipline.
  6. Being free from thoughts of longing or desire.

17. What is Tonglen (Give & Take) Meditation?

Have you heard of compassion meditation? It's also called Bodhichitta Tonglen meditation, and it can be super helpful! I read about a Tibetan master from the Kadampa school who was terrific at it. It is one of the most beneficial meditations and has lots of positive merit. Check out another article on what is merit in Buddhism.

In Tibetan, Tong means to Give, and Len means to Take.

It is essential to understand the concept of giving and taking in detail.

18. How to Practice Tonglen Meditation?

In order to engage in Tonglen meditation, it is crucial to have access to a reliable guidebook on Tibetan Buddhism, such as The 37 Way to Bodhisattva.

As a great Lama says, we should practice from take.

When breathing in, taking all the suffering of Sentient Beings.

When breathing out, giving all the Sentient Beings happiness.

19. What are the benefits of Tonglen Meditation?

This is a very beneficial meditation. We don't need to worry that we will get all the sufferings of others; instead, because of our great intentions, we will reap endless joy and happiness through positive merit. Travelers who have heart disease or stress problems. This is one of the best medicines.

20. What is the instant Bliss Pills?

According to the wise words of Great Shantideva, constantly considering the happiness of others can make one feel like they're in heaven, even if they find themselves in a difficult situation. On the other hand, only focusing on oneself can cause even the path toward enlightenment feels like a journey to hell.

21. What is more critical in meditation frequency or length?

The frequency of meditation is more important than the length of time we spend doing it. It is advised to meditate for shorter periods but more frequently throughout the day until it becomes a regular habit. Once it becomes a habit, it becomes ingrained in our daily life.

22. Can you share biographies of some great Yogis?

I have written short biographies on a few of Yogis. May bring positive merit to all Sentient Beings.

  1. Guru Rinpoche
  2. Tsongkhapa
  3. Drukpa Kunley
  4. Milarepa
  5. Ra Lotsawa
  6. Sakyapa


Photo: Chakrasamvara - Check out another article: How to be a Vajrayana Yogi for Beginners?

23. What nature in Tibet teaches about meditation?

Tibet has been the site of meditation. Due to the lofty altitude, we can breathe in fresh, invigorating air that helps us stay attentive. The mountains impart the importance of stillness during meditation, and the rivers teach us about the unbroken continuity of this practice.

24. What are the best places to meditate in Tibet?

  1.  Near the Rongbuk monastery before Mount Everest North Face.
  2. Milarepa meditation cave around Mount Kailash Kora routes and near Lake Manasarovar.
  3. Tidrum nunnery Guru Rinpoche meditation cave near the hill. 
  4. Ganden Monastery Kora hikes to the meditation area and the Drakyerpa meditation cave.
  5. Samye Chimpuk meditation caves.
  6. Namtso Lake is also an excellent spot for meditation.

The great Yogis bless many places in Tibet; any caves meditated by precious masters are worth meditating for a few minutes to get blessings from the ancestors.

25. What is Yoga?

The practice of Yoga is exclusively taught alongside Tantric teachings.

For beginners like me, it's best to make an aspiration to the Buddha to bless us with the guts to seek the truth through the most precious path, Tantra. I recommend searching for information about Tummo, the heated Yoga, also known famously as Kundalini Yoga. I also suggest seeking as many great Yogis as we can to get blessings from them so we can awaken our energy.

26. What are the Energies in our body?

  1.  Channels (Tibetan name: Za)
  2. Winds (Tibetan name: Long)
  3. Essences (Tibetan name: Tig le)
  4. Chakra  ( Tibetan name: Korlo)

These are the primary energies that play the most significant role in the mind and the body.

27. What do you Recommend for Travelers?

I recommend travelers take a few moments to practice a short breath and Tonglen meditation while on their Tibet travel journey, ideally for 5-15 minutes in the vicinity of lakes, mountains, and monasteries. This practice will allow us to appreciate the wonders of nature and our existence fully. I recommend visiting Siddharthas Intent's website for more information regarding meditation.

28. What is the best practice?

Finally, according to my ancestors, humbleness is the best Dharma practice. Milarepa says that if you stay at the lowest, you will reach the highest. May Dakinis forgive me for my writing on such a big, precious topic with minimal knowledge.  

Thank you so much for reading! If you enjoyed it, sharing it can benefit me and other seekers. Also, be sure to check out another article on the most powerful master, Ra Lotsawa, for inspiration on the path to enlightenment! :) If there is anything I can do to improve the article, let me know by leaving a comment. Your feedback is highly appreciated.

Written By :Tenzin

Feb 14, 2023


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