Practice puts the teachings into action. Ultimately, teachings are just descriptions, and each concept is only truly understood through personal experience. Just as a menu suggests taste sensations, but the actual experience comes from eating, true understanding—and its related benefits—comes from practice.
How Meditation Works
Our minds are very distracted; our senses constantly pull in multiple directions—every sound, every sight, every scent triggers thoughts and emotions, creating movement and confusion. Only when things are still can the dust settle and the mind’s eye see clearly. Stillness Meditation is linked to serenity; the practices are designed to still an active mind, ultimately enabling it to be present in the moment.
Generative practices are designed to develop the inner qualities of wisdom by moving outside our normal boundaries, expanding the ways in which we typically see and think. Where stillness meditation is an undoing by quieting and pacifying our thoughts, generative mediation is a doing by actively generating positive emotions and thoughts.
The energy-body balance is crucial for successful meditation, as well as for physical and emotional health. Consequently, our bodies need to be refreshed, our energy sources need to be regenerated, we need movement to literally open ourselves. In addition, movement practices enable us to slow down and examine our very actions in minute detail; they become a form of both stillness meditation and rational meditation, uniting body and mind.
Life is complex, puzzling and often painful.
Sometimes it seems there must be a better way
to manage—and there is. It is as simple as looking
at a problem through a different lens.
ASK A QUESTION
Whether we are troubled or merely curious,
it can be helpful to turn to someone noted
for wisdom. Rinpoche is pleased to answer questions
about life, the Dharma or Buddhism in general.