The meditation is a general name that encompasses several techniques: you can use visualizations, analytical mind, positive thinking, and work of stabilizing mental or inquiry about the processes of consciousness. Mindfulness or mindfulness is a type of meditation.
“The lamas, when they reached the West many years ago, commented that it was much more easier to deal with psychologists than with the priests, because the psychologists came to the knowledge of the individual through the study of the emotions, how the mind works, states of consciousness, and others, who are also the field of exploration of the tradition buddhist”, is explained in these documents. “However, although both disciplines are exploring the same field, the purpose of buddhism is that the person will discover your essential nature and awakening or buddha, who is there from the beginning,” he adds.
Meditation and mindfulness
“The mindfulness —says Lama Tashi Lhamo— is meditation, and is much in buddhism as in hinduism. It is the first technique of meditation that is learned, which is called shamata in sanskrit, or zhinay in tibetan, and after that it goes to more advanced practices. It has been extracted from its spiritual context and has come up with a psychological language of the West. It has been made very accessible because it has been known to present well.”
Mindfulness is understood in some areas of a way only materialistic. In one applies mindfulness to the efficiency and to automate processes. And it is sad that is popularized more to get a performance and as a product of consumption, that to be at the service of the full development of the person”.
To this lama, that they valued the positive influence that mindfulness is having on the dissemination of the meditation, this practice “is asking too much. It seems that applies to everything. It is a balloon that will explode, but is helping people to overcome stereotypes and resistance to the meditation.”
“When you exaggerate something, then degrades if the expectations are very high. Mindfulness is aimed at the market as a consumer product. Beware of exaggerating: it’s one thing to discover that mindfulness can be a great way, and another think that is the solution to everything,” he says. “There is a significant difference between the mindfulness that has spread in the West and the mindfulnes meditation. The latter requires a caring attitude and looking for the spiritual awakening”.
Meditation: the marines and the example of the snake and the rope
The times handled in the meditation are slow, their goals are not directed to the market center is the knowledge of the person. “So what is meditation?”, we asked Lama Tashi Lhamo.
“The meditation begins with the practice of mindfulness in which the person takes contact in the here and now with your thinking and perception, with the goal of stabilizing the clarity and openness of mind with independence of the mental agitation, without coercion”, said to EFE
And puts a simile to contrast: “The marines also have full attention on what you do, but your mindfulness is coercive and is not in the service of the full development of the person”.
The teacher continues in their explanations on meditation: “meditation makes us discover how we are in reality, from an angle full of peace and well-being, without confrontation, without coercion, from the path of self-discovery. Currently we are confused, and meditation helps us to discover that fact and how it happens”.
Lama Tashi Lhamo puts this traditional example: “it Is toward evening. There is a trail, and a rope to the end of the road. But we are far away and it is almost night. What you see looks like a snake and you react as if it were. In both you spend in fear, the snake exists for you. It is not real, but for you, yes, it is virtually real. It has the virtue of causing an effect in you without being real. It is a misperception”.
“This discovery is not done through thought. You need an element that is not thought to discover the presence of the thought”, he adds.
“To do this at the beginning there is that fixing the attention on a specific point of reference, as the touch of the fingers or the breath, and to avoid the distraction of thought”, it exposes about the way to meditate.