Struggling with meditation? You're not alone

February 22, 2011

February 22, 2011

Scholars in this semester's HPU course titled "Contemporary Buddhist Developments" have been reflecting on their growing understanding of the central themes and dynamics at work in the contemporary American Buddhist Sangha by, in addition to other assignments, keeping a regular journal.  The journal is meant to be a semester-long "conversation" that explores the student's questions, moments of illumination, and general thoughts with regard to course readings, class discussions and participation in several "course experiments."

The experiments are designed as experiential opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of Buddhist practice, belief and identity.  Some examples of possible course experiments include interviewing a Buddhist practitioner, mindfully engaging in a technological or transportation "fast," adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet, and/or learning about and regularly practicing a form of contemplative or verbal meditation.  Several students have reported trying this last suggestion (meditation), but have also recounted their struggles to "calm their minds."  In class, we have briefly explored the use of mantras in meditation, such as the well-known Om or Aum - that sacred intonation found in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, which seems to emanate from the heart of existence itself. Monks and lay-people alike have often spoken of the Om as being the source of all peace, bliss and harmony... unless you're the young 3-year old meditator below! Take heart meditation practitioners... you are not alone!

(A family friend, and father of the intrepid 3-year old meditator, recently posted this on his Facebook page. Too adorable!)

1 comment:

neel said...

Meditation is a natural process where the transcends the confines of the body.

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