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Sitting Meditation. The One Taste. Why Sit?. Calm the Mind Energize the Body Connect the Spirit. Administrative Details. Be On Time (Do not enter if you are late) If you need to leave, leave (coughing fit, discomfort, too sleepy etc.) it is fine, no one will judge you. Leave quietly - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • The One Taste

  • Why Sit?

    Calm the Mind

    Energize the Body

    Connect the Spirit

  • Administrative DetailsBe On Time (Do not enter if you are late)If you need to leave, leave (coughing fit, discomfort, too sleepy etc.) it is fine, no one will judge you. Leave quietlyDont talk outside.If you leave do not return to the session. Try the next session.

  • Before You SitMake sure you are Wide-Awake

    Brush your teethWash your face (shower if available)Wash your feet Do some physical energization, stretching, or chi gong

  • We are all Masters of Doing

    Sitting is designed to focus us on Being

    Sitting Meditation = Being Present while Not Doing

  • Mind will Practice Doing Anyway

    Techniques to Outsmart MindMantraSacred WordBreathingwatch the breathMandala gazing (geometric shape, icon, or sacred object)MantrumVocalized Mantra (Chant)

    All of these techniques have the same purpose--to bring you to the present moment

  • Mantras (one or two syllables is best)BillimoriaHere NowGenericPeace; Health; Vitality, PurityUniversalOmChristianJesusJewishAbbaZen BuddhistNam Myoho Renge KyoHinduOm Mani Padme Hum

    I encourage you to discover your own sacred word

  • The Present MomentHere NowEmpty ThoughtNo EgoNo JudgmentNo WitnessNo Self (Stillness is not the absence of movement, Stillness is the absence of self)

  • Physiology StructureSit with back StraightChin down spine alignedFeet flat knees bentBody relaxed but straightMingmen OpenShoulders Open but relaxedArms RelaxedTongue Relaxed

  • Mental FocusOpenAwareRelaxed/Alert Extended Awareness(Not Relaxed/Retracted Awareness which leads to sleep)Here/Now

  • Use Power Steering

    As thoughts come in, casually notice them and gently let them go. Do not wrench the wheel or berate yourself. Do not judge the quality of your meditation.

  • Levels to Aspire ToCalm (park the race car in the mind)RelaxedExtended AwarenessComfortableOpenPeace

  • Levels to Aspire ToBlissPeace plus lightPeace plus pure energyPeace plus vibrant body

  • Levels to Aspire ToThe Void

    The One Taste, The Undifferentiated Field, Universal Unconditional Love

    The space between the archer and the target

    No space between the archer and the target

  • Progress in MeditationThere is no progress, There is only practiceRemain disciplined to the practiceLet go of the desire to judge your meditationsAppreciate the fruits but do not chase them or get attached to themKeep coming back

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