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Adyashanti explains clearly what enlightenment really is, and what it is not. Mainly, that enlightenment is not an altered state of consciousness as what most people believe. What we perceive every day through the distorted lens of ego is the truly altered state. Enlightenment, on the other hand, is perceiving things as they really are, […]

Vedic meditation teacher Gary Gorrow describes the many physiological benefits of practicing meditation. According to Gary, when you practice Vedic Meditation your body rests in a state several times deeper than sleep. This profound rest creates the perfect conditions whereby your mind and body can purify and normalize, throw off stress and fatigue and come […]

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, […]

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 […]

Vedic meditation teacher Thom Knoles explains succinctly how the process of using mantras leads the mind beyond thought and into a state of supreme inner contentedness. Transcript: The idea is we want to move from the field of thinking to the field of being. Vedic meditation provides a very systematic procedure whereby the mind is […]

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.

Using an early model of the Mind Mirror EEG machine, Ken Wilber shows the different types of brainwave patterns that correlate to various states of awareness and meditation. Both the demonstration and voiceover narration are done by Ken Wilber, Transcript: Hello, everybody. This is a small portable EEG, electroencephalograph. What it shows is brainwave activity, […]

Zen master Ruben Habito of the Sanbo Kyodan lineage describes the three fruits of Zen practice. Transcript: What is Zen? Zen is about paying attention, and in doing so, awakening to the dynamic reality of each present moment. This is a way of life whereby we are able to give ourselves time on a daily […]

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 […]

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