With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated. It can even affect our health. We are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate!
But meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance.
Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy.
Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation. … learn to enjoy the inner peace that comes from meditation.
Why Learn To Meditate?
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.
By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind.
It is said that there exists a magic crystal that has the power to purify any liquid in which it is placed. Those who cherish all living beings are like this crystal – by their very presence they remove negativity from the world and give back love and kindness.
How do we free ourselves from the demon of self-concern? These instructions are found in Eight Verses for Training the Mind, one of the most important texts from a genre of Tibetan spiritual writings known as lojong (literally “mind training”). The root text was written by the eleventh-century meditator Langritangpa. His Holiness the Dalai Lama refers to this work as one of the main sources of his own inspiration and includes it in his daily meditations.
News & Reviews
“Among the many brilliant texts that Geshe Sonam Rinchen and Ruth Sonam have produced, this one explains in clear terms how to implement the essential practices of compassion, which are so difficult to integrate into one’s daily life. What a treasure!”— Jeffrey Hopkins, author of Cultivating Compassion and Emptiness Yoga
“Eight Verses for Training the Mind contains the entire essence of the Buddha’s teachings in a distinct form.”— H.H. the Dalai Lama
“I can almost see Geshe Sonam Rinchen’s bright smile and hear his compassionate voice as I read this book. His practical and clear spiritual advice cuts to the core of our problems and shows us the way to resolve them.”— Thubten Chodron, author of Buddhism for Beginners
“Geshe Sonam Rinchen presents the authentic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in this clear explanation of one of its most basic texts. I recommend it highly.”— Alexander Berzin, author of Relating to a Spiritual Teacher
“An essential addition to any personal Buddhist library. . . . Expertly translated and edited.”— Mandala Magazine
What a wonderful book. This oral teaching is one I will read over and over and over.~ Mark Gelula’s review Aug 15, 2009