Saturday, September 4, 2010

In the beginning..

Welcome to my blog, Meditate This, where I will take you along my journey of meditation, yoga and Buddhism. Meditation, Buddhism and yoga have helped to change my outlook on the world.  I am new to Buddhism. I am learning as much as I can, day by day. I have always had an interest in Buddhism since my teenager years, but I've just started to study it and incorporate it into to my life over the past 2 years.  
One of the best parts about meditation that it is free, acccesible anywhere, and I don't have to change into special clothes to do it.  Once I've reached a level of focus, which I like to call "the zone", I have such a sense of calm that is unachieveable anywhere else. Meditation calms and focuses my mind and allows me to think and act in a focused, unhurried manner.
After meditating this morning, I recalled a passage from the pali canon. It was best described by Andrew Cooper, in Tricycle magazine, who wrote about it, in a lecture given by Thich Nhat Hanh. "A well known passage from the Pali canon:
     When this is, that is
     This arising, that arises
     When this is not,that is not
     This ceasing.that ceases.

This is the most succinct formulation of the Buddhist teaching  of paticcasamuppada or "dependent origination",  one of  Buddhism's core ideas. All beings support and are in turn supported by all other beings. This elaboration of paticcasamuppada encompassed the foundation, the practice and the fulfillment of spiritual life.' 
I'm looking forward to sharing my journey with you.  ~Namaste.~

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