How to Meditate

Nonduality teacher Jeff Foster offers an alternative perspective on meditation. Jeff describes meditation not as a ‘doing’, a process, a state or a goal to reach, but as an effortless noticing and welcoming of present experience. Ultimately, meditation is not something you do – but who you already are – the vast open space of consciousness, already intimate with all form.

Deepak Chopra explains how to meditate properly using the mantra in a way that leads to experience of pure awareness–without thought and without mantra. The emphasis is not to force anything to happen. Transcript: It’s very important to understand the mechanics of meditation, because most people don’t do it right. They think you have to […]

Pema Chodron, a Tibetan Buddhist nun and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, describes the Tonglen meditation practice. In tonglen (also tonglin), one visualizes taking onto oneself the suffering of others on the in-breath, and on the out-breath giving happiness and success to all sentient beings. This practice helps to reduce selfish attachment, develop and […]

Don’t have time to meditate? This video shows you how to meditate in a moment, starting with a minute. Just enough time to progressively reduce stress, improve focus and find peace throughout your day This animated video is based on Martin Boroson’s popular book, One-Moment Meditation. Transcript: Since you’re watching this video, I bet you […]

Detailed instruction on how to sit zazen (seated meditation) in various positions – full lotus, cross legged, using a chair; also tips on breathing and how to go into and out of meditation periods. Zen Meditation instruction is provided by Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, a Zen Buddhist Training Center located in the Southern California mountains. […]

Benedictine Monk Laurence Freeman OSB talks about what meditation is and provides a simple meditation technique that Christians, or anyone, can practice. Father Laurence describes the primary experience and nature of meditation, and outlines a simple but effective method using a sacred word or mantra. Transcript: What is Meditation? What is meditation and how do […]

In this guided meditation, Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche gives simple instructions for bringing awareness to the body, sensory experience, surroundings, space, and awareness itself. The main point of the practice is to fully embrace the present moment with mindfulness and awareness. Meditation instructions as transcribed from the video: Please keep your spine […]

David Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, presents a basic introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation. Instructions from the video: [Mindfulness meditation] is a wonderful and ancient remedy for the stress and anxiety of modern life. It can help us develop strength, clarity, […]

Clear, step-by-step instructions on the basics of classical Zen meditation. Here are the instructions from the video: To begin, you will need a quiet room, comfortable clothes, and a cushion. 1. Choosing Your Position Sit on the forward third of your cushion. The lower body will form a tripod – knees on the ground and […]

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