Guest Teacher Nandaraja // Dharma Talk + Buddhist Meditations

Te Shtunen, date 9 Shkurt 2019, ora 13:00-14:30 tek Tirana Yoga Studio vjen ne Tirane mesuesi Nandaraja!

The program:

How can we bring these two practices together? How can we be more kind in our Mindfulness practice and more Mindful in our Loving Kindness practice?

Buddha Dharma in Buddhism means the teachings of the Buddha–teachings in relation to how things really are; the truth teachings of the enlightened ones. This talk is titled “Kindly Awareness” and it is an exploration of the two main Buddhist meditation practices, Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati) and Unconditional Loving Kindness (Metta Bhavana).

20 Minutes – Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation

As its name implies, the ‘Mindfulness of Breathing’ uses the breath as an object of concentration. By focusing on the breath you become aware of the mind’s tendency to jump from one thing to another. The simple discipline of concentration brings us back to the present moment and all the richness of experience that it contains. It is a way to develop mindfulness, the faculty of alert and sensitive awareness. And it is an excellent method for cultivating the states of intense meditative absorption known as dhyana. As well as this, the mindfulness of breathing is a good antidote to restlessness and anxiety, and a good way to relax: concentration on the breath has a positive effect on your entire physical and mental state.

The meditation has four progressive stages leading to a highly enjoyable level of concentration. To start with five minutes per stage is a good period of practice.

5 Minutes – Leg stretch

25 Minutes – Metta Bhavana Meditation (Unconditional Loving Kindness)

The Metta Bhavana, or Development of Loving Kindness practice is one of the most ancient forms of Buddhist practice, one that has been passed down in an unbroken line for over 2,500 years.
We’re often taught as children that we should love others. Religious teachings say, for example, that we should “love others as ourselves.” But how do we learn to love others? And what happens if we don’t particularly like, never mind love, ourselves? The development of loving kindness meditation practice is the practical means by which we learn to cultivate love for ourselves and others.

The meditation is done in 5 stages of 5 minutes each. You do not have to be Buddhist in order to practice or to learn it.

10 Minutes – Question and Answer Session

Cost: This is a FREE event, but students are encouraged to give a donation as they feel inclined.
*Reservation is NOT required to attend this workshop; please arrive ON TIME in order to participate*

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