Lama Thubten Yeshe
The Tibetan word for meditation is 'gom', meaning 'familiarising'
or 'habituating'. Meditation means that we habituate ourselves
to a positive, constructive and realistic attitude. It means
to build up a positive state of mind. To meditate is not just
sitting in full lotus, with a straight back and a 'holy' expression
on our face. Meditation is done with the mind. Even when the
body is in a perfect posture, we do not meditate when the
mind is restless and thinks of objects of our attachment.
During meditation, we transfirm our thoughts and views to
bring them in line with reality, and we experience more compassion
think that examining and knowing the nature of your mind
is only an Eastern trip. That's a wrong conception; it's
not an Eastern trip, it's your trip. How can you separate
your body, or the picture you have of your self, from your
Through thorough examination you can realize that
if your entire life is dedicated to seeking happiness through
things like chocolate and ice cream, there is no significance
in your being born human. Birds and dogs have the same kind
of attitude to life. If you think you're intelligent you
should dedicate your life to goals higher than those of
Lama Thubten Yeshe
Group meditations in Western centers are
usually always guided by a teacher or experienced student.
The basic technique is learned by accustomising ourselves
to a fixed pattern, such as setting a positive motivation
by doing some prayers, next comes the actual meditation, and
to finalise the session with the dedication of the positive
energy which we created during the meditation.
Especially with analytical meditations and
visualisations, the guide will explain how one can analyse
a subject and what to visualise.
In Amsterdam and Loenen, we organise regular
evening meditation sessions during the week (in Loenen only in Dutch), but also during the courses,
meditation is an important part of the program. We also try
to organise regular meditation retreats which last several
days. See Retreats in Loenen.
Meditating in a group generally makes the experience
much more powerful, and if we can focus ourselves completely
on meditations for several days in a retreat without much
distraction, our mind will naturally become more open and