Meditation in general has been well researched and shown to have both physical and psychological benefits for all, with major teaching hospitals and many businesses. In a busy world where there are many demands and stresses placed on us, we can find ourselves struggling to sleep, feeling low in mood or struggling with re-occurring illness. Current research is showing that those who meditate regularly have a smaller amygdala and so do not suffer as much with anxiety and stress. There is no right or wrong way to meditate, but many find attending a class where they can gain techniques and practice with others best for them. Although our classes are based in Buddhist tradition, they are open and inclusive to all.
You do not have to be a Buddhist or become a Buddhist to benefit from meditation.
Buddhist Hanmi esoteric practice involves the use of mantras (empowered syllable sounds), mudras (hand or body gestures), and visualizations, for the purpose of reaching one’s full human potential. These three simple elements form a profoundly effective synergy that can immediately and positively influence one’s daily life. Through the practice of these techniques, one can purify personal karma, calm the body and mind, and thereby attain higher levels of consciousness..
Mantras have been used for thousands of years to help improve the quality of human life, healing the sickness in the body. Mantras create a powerful vibration that brings about radical changes not only in our physical body but also our subtle body – our emotions, intellect and soul. They positively affect our aura – the energy shields surrounding our aura, they produce powerful healing vibration that is transformational. Repetition of a Mantra is a powerful way of keeping us in the present and stilling our “monkey mind”, which is forever jumping uncontrollably from one thought to another. When used in healing the powerful vibration of the mantra can change the consciousness and energy level of both the practitioner and client. When the practitioner chants a mantra and combines visualisation, this higher vibration is incorporated into the clients healing experience
Mudras are simple hand gestures or body postures that bring about significant results. It is widely believed that the human structure is a miniature form of the universe., and made up of the five elements, earth, water, air, fire and space. These elements in the body can become imbalanced easily, and imbalances cause us to fall ill. We human beings are prone to internal and external stresses of the environment.
Mudras help balance the five elements in the body. Mudras can help relive and cure many illnesses of the body, they open the secret energy channels in the body releasing stress and stale energy.
Visualisations in mediations are renowned for bringing positive results. The visualisation gives the mind some guidance, helping us to stay focused, and often used for creating certain outcomes within ourselves. Standing alone visualisation can help heal many physical conditions in the body.
Our mind is our most powerful tool, and we need to train it well so can bring us the positive outcomes which we seek. Training the mind is one of the biggest challenges we have. The Three Mysteries integrates all of these components you form a pure yoga or union of mind body and speech. You will with concentrated effort and practice, become much healthier, calmer and happier, which will benefit every area of your life. Our natural state is the state we are aiming for in mediation, to realise our true nature and attain self realisation, an unfoldment of the human heart.
Meditation is a way of becoming more aware and alive to our moment-to-moment experience. All its effects, from simple relaxation to spiritual insight follow from that. In the short term, meditation is an antidote to stress, a means of becoming calmer and more self-possessed; in the long term, it is a tool with which we can transform ourselves fundamentally.
With consistent effort and regular practice, we begin to free ourselves from the limitations of habit. In meditation, we learn not to react habitually to our experience, but to respond creatively and with awareness.
All meditation and yoga practices are a vehicle to help you move from one state of awareness to another. The wise do not get ‘attached’ to their practice or become ‘egotistical’ about their achievements. Many of the Buddhist meditations taught by Jules and Jim are from this Buddhist school. Jules and Jim are both authorised teachers (Vajracharya) of this linage.
Buddhist Hanmi esoteric practice involves the use of mantras (empowered syllable sounds), mudras (hand or body gestures), and visualizations, for the purpose of reaching one’s full human potential. These three simple elements form a profoundly effective synergy that can immediately and positively influence one’s daily life. Through the practice of these techniques, one can purify personal karma, calm the body and mind, and thereby attain higher levels of consciousness.
Through the cultivation of raised consciousness, the individual can begin to understand the right way for them to live. Such realisation brings true health, vitality and happiness. It is only from this point of departure that one can genuinely help others.
General breathing, relaxation and mindfulness meditation practices are also taught at the centre, however the union of the three mysteries is found by most to be the most profound way of entering a deep meditation state. There are hundreds of meditation practices from this tradition, and of them four are extremely beneficial to those wanting to build solid foundations.
THE FOUR FOUNDATION MEDITATIONS
Treasure Vase : This Dharma has been used by many practitioners to keep their bodies warm in the cold Himalayan snows, and cool in the blazing heat of the Gobi desert. The practitioner develops purity and stillness of being, which brings the body under the complete influence of the mind. This practice is hugely energising.
Calming and Relaxing : The first state of Zen meditation. Learn how to enter into the first verifiable stage of awakening through the eliminating the resisting mind. This is also a highly effective practice for anyone who suffers from excessive mental activity, or insomnia.
Diamond Wisdom : The second state of Zen meditation. This practice enables the individual to connect with their life purpose, and through accessing this latent information know how to proceed in the right direction.
Dhyana Yoga : The fourth state of Zen Meditation. Within the process of awakening, the third state to be encountered is actually a false and wondrous state where many become stuck. Avoid this pitfall through this practice, and enter the fourth and final experiential state of reality, that of pure awareness. Attain self realisation.
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