What is the difference between meditation and mindfulness? – Today Digital (Dominican Republic)

The meditation is a general name that encompasses very diverse techniques: you can use visualizations, analytical mind, positive thinking, and stabilization work mental or inquiry about the processes of consciousness. The 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 buddhist tradition”, 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.

Lama Tashi Lhamo, Spanish, teacher of meditation, performed under the direction of Kalu Rinpoche the traditional retirement in the cloister of three years, three months and three days, in France, between 1984 and 1988, required to achieve the rank of lama. Since then he has continued to refine his knowledge and imparting his teachings, directed by his main teacher, Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.

Meditation and mindfulness

This teacher explains to us the basics of meditation and its keys, but responds with great interest to our curiosity to know the relationship that you have with mindfulness, a practice that in recent years has been used as a technique very popular in the West and has been located as a vector in the schools of psychology.

“The mindfulness —says Lama Tashi Lhamo— is meditation, and is as 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.”

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. “What, then, 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 any coercion,” he answers.


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