Vipassana Meditation the Benefits of Buddhist Meditation

The Vipassana tradition of Buddhism, also known as insight meditation, gained popularity in the west during the 1970s, when pioneers, like Jack Kornfield, returned from Southeast Asia having studied with Theravada masters.

Benefits of Buddhist meditation

Vipassana Meditation

What is Vipassana? Simple defiition of Vipassana (mindfulness) meditation with resources, some free.

Insight meditation arises naturally from breath awareness. Resting in stillness, allowing the mind to be without judgment or attachment, watching as thoughts, feelings, sensations or visualizations, rise and fall like waves on the ocean. Sitting with simple awareness. Vipassana meditation doesn’t require concentrating on a single focus point, such as a candle, a mantra, or the breath.

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A Conversation with Ram Dass – Losing the Ego a Meditation Benefit

This is a very personal post by Eliezer, as much about his inner relationship as it is about his conversations with Ram Dass. There is a good deal to be understood, about this beloved spiritual teacher; knowledge which is reflected, in the conversations and interactions that Eliezer’s has with Ram Dass.

Ram Dass

Ram Dass-Losing the Ego a Meditation Benefit

Eliezer spoke of a spiritual exercise that he had at his first meeting with Ram Dass where he was instructed, “Anything that comes into your mind that you don’t want to share with me, share with me,” an exercise that he was unable to complete because he reached his own personal “line in the sand.”

This is an experience that I can relate too, though my experience was not with Ram Dass, but in a session run by Dr. David Simon of the Chopra Center. And I assure you that, I too, found my ‘line in the sand.’ᅠ

With his left hand pointing to the paralyzed right side of his body, he made a a gesture of dismissal, and said, “Just my body,” then pointing to his heart,

This post is a journey, with a message that we all can relate to, so enjoy it.

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Maybe its not a Meditation Benefit but it’s been a long, strange trip for Wavy Gravy

I’m going to step out of the ‘meditation benefits’ mode for a moment and back into history, present and not so long ago.  And for those of us from a certain generation, the survivors of the sixties, it’s a bit of time-tripping.

Ram Dass) in Service to Love

Ram Dass

Wavy Gravy is an iconic figure from latter part of that decade, and the reason I came across this post was his connection to another icon of that decade, Ram Dass. They cofounded with Larry Brilliant the Seva (a Sanskrit word for “service to humankind”) Foundation, which they started with a $10,000 donation from rock promoter Bill Graham.

Ram Dass a teacher, guru to me; his path as always been that of Bhakti (the yoga of love) Yoga, in service to love, through his teacher Maharaj-ji, was in a sense an incarnation of Hanuman, who took an incarnation of a monkey to serve God. One of the ways that Ram Dass has promoted loving service is in supporting conscious care for the dying, something that has been pretty close to home for me lately.

Maharaj-ji and Ram Dass

Maharaj-ji and Ram Dass

It’s a fundraiser for Wavy’s favorite charity, the Seva (a Sanskrit word for “service to humankind”) Foundation, which Wavy cofounded in 1978 with spiritual leader Ram Dass and public health expert Larry Brilliant to fight preventable and curable

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My mother-in-law, affectingly known by all the family as GG, is transitioning, here at home, even as I’m writing this. The conscious, loving care of our hospice practitioners was the result of the Buddhist tradition inspired, Metta Institute, founded by Frank Ostaseski. On the board of the Metta Institute, Ram Dass, so for me it’s come full circle.

When I read about Wavy Gravy, the Hog farm and his life of service, I’m simultaneously transported into the past and made fully present and for that’s a meditation benefit. You can find out more information about Ram Dass and his compassionate community at

A Benefit of Meditation – The Transformation of Fear

We all have good and bad Karma, which are dependent on the quality of our understanding or our confusion regarding our true selves. Our minds (the chitta) are the storehouse of our karmas, and are continually under the influence of our karmic properties.

Our thoughts, speech and actions are influenced by the subtle forces of our karma. And just as the present is the result of the past, the future is the result of our present.

Avidya, according to Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras 2.3-11, is translated as lack of knowledge, misunderstanding, or distortion and confusion about our true nature. Avidya is the main affliction connected to the field of afflictions (klehas) that are causing turmoil in our inner consciousness.ᅠ

Meditation increases our sensitivity and skillfulness in reading this barometer. How do we know when we are acting properly? It feels right. Such a sensibility can be developed. And there’s no better time to do this than now.

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The goal of meditation to bring change to the field of afflictions by freeing us from the grip of ignorance, deepening our self-realization, freeing ourselves from attachment, greed, anger, and fear. And the benefit is that the practice transforms and clarifies the field of afflictions by naturally moving us in the direction of preforming positive and constructive actions.

Sai Baba – “Love all, serve all; help ever, hurt never.”

Sathya Sai Baba, one of the best known gurus and holy men of the twentieth century, with a following of at least twenty million died on April 24th at the age of 84. He will be given all the honors of a true Hindu spiritual leader when he is buried.

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

He encouraged his followers to meditate and sing devotional songs, and to take his darshan — that is, to see him in person, the better to experience his divine presence. He was also accused of faking miracles and of being a sexual predator.

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I have met those who have told me that they witnessed Sai Baba confer enlightenment with a touch or a look, others I’ve spoken with told stories of other kinds of magic. Not everyone believed in the magic of Sai Baba, some thought him a complete fraud while others simple saw him as a philanthropist and nothing more.

I never had the opportunity to visit the ashram or be in the presence of Sai Baba, so for me, he will always have a mystique and therefore a presence in my life. The time headline reads, “The man who was god is dead,” but Sai Baba understood we are all god in disguise.


Ayurveda an Ancient Therapy Full of Promise

The essence of Ayurveda is the recognition that human beings are part of the fabric of nature and not separate from it. Our vitality is the result of being in balance with nature through the harmonious exchange of information and energy.ᅠ

With interest in ayurvedic medicine growing, so too is the number of people travelling east for treatments . HELENE HOFMAN reports from Sri Lanka IN THE PAST 10 years, Sri Lanka has seen the number of tourist-oriented ayurveda centres multiply.

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The basis of our suffering is the unprocessed accumulation of past experiences. The solution to this accumulated toxicity, whether in the body, mind or soul, is to dissolve these toxins and allow our life force flow from the deep source within our being.