Buddhist Meditation In Buddhism, meditation means "effortlessly remaining in what is. " This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, by realizing compassion and wisdom, or by working with the body's energy channels and meditating on Buddha forms of light and energy. The most effective method is the constant identification with one's own Buddha nature, and the experience of always being in a Pure Land, both of which are taught in the Diamond Way. When the oneness of the seer, what is seen, and the act of seeing is unbroken - during and between the times of meditation - the goal of the Great Seal (skt. Mahamudra) is reached.
Introduction and instructions to the following basic meditations are offered in all Diamond Way Centre
Buddhist meditation shows the mind to the practitioner. It reduces the influence of habits, of external expectations, as well as internalized, solidified patterns. Polishing the 'jewel' - meaning the mind - the practitioner becomes more useful to others.
A retreat of a few days or weeks tremendously amplifies such results by creating more distance to everyday life. The lack of distraction by daily necessities leads to a deeper and more fluid experience of calmness of mind and insight.
Due to the view in Diamond Way Buddhism shorter retreats and daily life blend together excellently and have beneficial effects on each other. During a retreat as a couple, day and night are filled with joy and you gain extra strength for life.
Each practitioner decides for him- or herself on the duration and content of the retreat. For beginners open retreats with four daily sittings may be advisable: One short sitting before breakfast, two longer sessions before and after noon, and another shorter one in the evening, possibly together with the practitioners of the local centre. Of course it is possible to restrict the number of sessions, but it is advisable to create a daily schedule and stick to it. The remaining time of an open retreat is used to help out in the centre and to engage in an exchange with the people who live there. This type of retreat can be performed at any centre and is well suited for couples.
In closed retreats the practitioner does not talk to others, or he speaks only with certain advisors selected prior to the beginning of the retreat. The practitioner also eats by him- or herself. This type of retreat is recommended for people who are used to meditation and who have a few years experience with Diamond Way meditation.
Meditating alone, or in special cases together with people who are very close, will create space to remove disturbing impressions from the consciousness' long term memory. Since one