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7 Roads to Meditation. Bill Bodri www.meditationexpert.com bill@meditationexpert.com 718-539-2811 Go to www.MeditationExpert.com for free articles and downloads. Why Meditate?. Reasons Health Longevity Spiritual Progress Calm Your Mind - Defuse Stress - Learn to Relax

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7 roads to meditation

7 Roads to Meditation

Bill Bodri

www.meditationexpert.com

bill@meditationexpert.com

718-539-2811

Go to www.MeditationExpert.com for free articles and downloads

why meditate
Why Meditate?
  • Reasons
    • Health
    • Longevity
    • Spiritual Progress
    • Calm Your Mind - Defuse Stress - Learn to Relax
    • Cultivate Virtue and Purity
    • Facilitates Changing Your Behavior
  • How
    • Cross legs in a quiet place (tune the body)
    • Cover knees with towel and avoid drafts
    • Relaxed but straight, head up
  • When
    • The best time is whenever you can (like exercise -- “there is no best one … the one you bother to do is best”)
    • 20, 40, 60 minutes once or twice a day
    • Quiet time (morning/night), before eating or >1.5 hours later
the purpose of meditation
The Purpose of Meditation
  • Buddhism: emptiness, enlightenment
  • Judaism: ayin (nothingness) - the annihilation of thought
  • Christianity: selflessness/nonego (give up your personal thoughts to be one with the Father)
  • Islam: seeing God’s face
  • Confucianism: rest in the highest virtue
  • Zen: original nature
  • Yoga: sense withdrawal and then pacification of thought, samadhi
  • Taoism: Tao
  • Final goal: emptiness, enlightenment, self-realization, Buddhahood, become an Immortal, ...
basic method s
BASIC METHOD(s)

Sit, cross your legs, relax your body, forget your body, watch your thoughts in a detached mode, they die down => mental quiet ==> find the watcher/ultimate source of the quiet

  • “Adding methods” - Tibetan ceremonies
  • “Subtraction methods” - letting go, neti neti
  • One-pointed Concentration - visualizations
  • Mantra - Tire/busy the mind
  • Breathing - breathing and thoughts are linked
  • Pacification methods - relaxing, tantra
  • Etc. (they all rely on the principles of cessation and contemplation, or samadhi and prajna wisdom)
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Shakyamuni Buddha said:

Do not believe something solely on the strength of traditions, even if those customs or traditions have been held in honor and in many places for many generations. Don't believe anything simply because many people say it is so either. Furthermore, do not believe something just because it was maintained by ancient sagas. Do not believe that which you have imagined yourself either, thinking a god has inspired you. Believe nothing which depends only on the authority of your teachers or of priests. Rather, test everything and after investigation, believe that which you yourself have tested and found reasonable and true, and which is good for you and others. Prove things through your personal experience.

topics
Topics

The 5 Stages of the Spiritual Path

  • Meditation 1 – Seeing the light

Tao School Basics: jing-chi-shen transformations

  • Meditation 2 – Skeleton meditation

The Time Sequences of the Spiritual Path and Physical Transformations

  • Cultivation Method 3 – 9-bottled wind

Esoteric school and Wu Liu methods: all based on breathing

  • Meditation 4 -- Mantra
  • Meditation 5 – Meditations for Cancer and High Blood Pressure

Mozart effect, Healing, Chi and Consciousness are linked ...

  • Meditation 6 – Cessation-contemplation practice in Confucianism, Vipassana, Now!, Sandhinirmocana jing

Various stages of samadhi

  • Meditation 7 - Dream Yoga
  • Meditation 8 – Sexual cultivation

Big cheats: positive thinking, visualization, naturalistic being in the moment

the 5 stages of the spiritual path
The 5 Stages of the Spiritual Path
  • 1) The Stage of Wisdom and Merit Accumulation (Study and Virtue)
  • 2) The Stage of Preparatory Practice, Progressive Practice, Evolutionary Yoga, Intensified Preparatory Practices, Earnest Endeavor
    • Warming
    • Peak
    • Forbearance
    • Highest Worldly Dharma
    • Introduction - transition - attainment - perfection
  • 3) The Stage of Seeing the Tao, Direct Vision, Clear Light, 10,000 miles of Empty Sky, Selflessness, Realizing Your Original Nature, Illuminate Your Bright Virtue, See God’s face, ...
  • 4) The Stage of True Cultivation Practice (realize the emptiness of the self, now realize the emptiness of phenomena, dissolve away or “purify” habitual energy streams)
  • 5) The Stage ofComplete Enlightenment, No More Learning, Buddhahood
meditation seeing the light
Meditation - Seeing the Light
  • Tibetan monks usually must wait 20 years before being introduced to this practice
  • Mahakasyapa on “Chicken Foot” Mountain practices it inside a cave
  • Seeing the Light - We’re not talking about a physical light you see with your eyes. Don’t try to visualize anything, you just realize the light that’s everywhere which is the light of awareness (the mind).
  • Mother light versus child light -- awareness “clear light”
  • Close your eyes and let your mind and body merge with whatever light there is (“I am the light, the light is me,” “God is light”). Merge with the light (it has no color or form) and then forget your body and self.
  • Forget the knower, knowing, and object - Merge with the light you realize -light has no boundaries and extends everywhere
  • Alternative: Vairocana Great Sun Buddha “Ohm Ah Bee Lah Hung! Cht!” Practice from visualizing that you are a bright sun, and then you become light everywhere
two sets of basic principles
When your jing becomes full you won’t think of sex

When your chi becomes full you won’t think of eating

When your shen is full you won’t feel like sleeping

If you don’t accumulate your jing, you will never experience the state ofphysical bliss

If you don’t accumulate your chi, you will never experience the stage ofinternal light

If you don’t accumulate your shen, you will never experience the state of no-thought

Two Sets of Basic Principles
white skeleton meditation
Start with your left big toe

Give away your flesh joyfully to the ghosts and spirits

Visualize that you are just a shiny, dazzling white(silver) skeleton

Visualize that your bones becoming dust and then emptiness -- then forget your body & abandon all ideas of a having body or form (mentally let go of everything)

Sexual desire grows strong with this practice … you’ll become extremely flexible ... You’ll become able to see other people’s bones and inside their body … superpowers will arise ... You’ll be able to initially enter samadhi

Sickness focus - Manjushri 7th-8th lower vertebrae method

Chiropractors and bodyworkersshould use this

White Skeleton Meditation
advanced physical transformations
Advanced Physical Transformations
  • After 1 year - chi
  • After 2 years - blood
  • After 3 years - mai (energy meridians, vessels)
  • After 4 years - flesh
  • After 5 years - bone marrow (white)
  • After 6 years - sinews and tendons
  • After 7 years - bones
  • After 8 years - hair (leave behind)
  • After 9 years - entire body form/shape
9 bottled wind practice
“9-Bottled Wind” Practice

3 X 3 … 3 sets of 3 repetitions (left, right, center)

Draw in as much air as possible,

as slowly as possible,

into your lungs as deep as possible,

hold for as long as possible using as few muscles as possible

exhale as quickly as possible.

cultivating the 5 elements
Cultivating the 5 Elements

Earth Bones, Teeth, Nails, Muscles

Water Blood, Hormones, Lymph

Wind/Air/Wood Breath

Fire Bodily Warmth, Kundalini

Space/Metal Interstitial Places, Joints

The Most Common Sequence of the Path

Wind (Water) -> Fire -> Earth -> Space

Air + Oil (hormones/mai) Kundalini Skeleton Entire Body

Easiest, Chi/Consciousness

cultivating the 5 elements1
Cultivating the 5 Elements

Earth Bones, Teeth, Nails, Muscles

Water Blood, Hormones, Lymph

Wind/Air/Wood Breath

Fire Bodily Warmth, Kundalini

Space/Metal Interstitial Places, Joints

The Most Common Sequence of the Path

Wind (Water) -> Fire -> Earth -> Space

Air + Oil (hormones/mai) Kundalini Skeleton Entire Body

Easiest, Chi/Consciousness

detoxifying your body for the spiritual path
Detoxifying Your Body for the Spiritual Path
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  • Breathing practices - 9 Bottled wind
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various mantra you can use for cultivation
Various Mantra You Can Use for Cultivation

Amitofo:Avalokitesvara:

Namo Amitofo Ohm Man Bei Me Hon!

Zhunti:Vairocana:

Namo Sadoh Nah Ohm Ah Bee Lah Hung Chit

Samyak Sampoh Doh

Jeezuh Nah, Dazah Toh

Ohm, Zurleee, Julee, Zhunti, Soha

Lotus, Mahagala, ...

proven effects of meditation
Proven Effects of Meditation
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases serum DHEA
  • Reduces serum cortisol
  • Reduces pulse rate
  • Increases serum total protein
  • Quiets the mind - reduces stress
  • Chinese Medicine: “the 100 diseases start with wind”
ainslie meares and cancer
Ainslie Meares and Cancer
  • Treated 73 patients with advanced cancer who attended at least 20 sessions of intensive meditation
  • Found that meditation reduces anxiety, depression and pain
  • Tumor growth inhibited in 10% of cases
  • Tumor regression in 10% of cases - 3 attributes
    • their meditation was profound and prolonged
    • little or no conscious activity during meditation
    • they carried the meditation into their daily lives
  • Survival longer than expected
  • Quality of life improved in 50% of cases
  • Meditation facilitated death with dignity in 90% of cases
  • Meares encouraged “effortless stilling of the mind” and discouraged mantra, active visualization, breathing methods
meditation for healing
Meditation for Healing

CANCER

  • Visualize giving away your dirty flesh/meat to all beings at and then you become a skeleton which then transforms into emptiness
  • Visualize your body burns away or is burned by light and you become light only (high wisdom people go directly to emptiness/light)
  • Vairocana + Sun + light method … just get to emptiness or light (not in the shape of the body)
  • Exhale visualizing the dirty things/illness leaving your body
  • Meares in Australia (10%) - emptiness method best
  • The Power of Emptiness can destroy all the bad things and set up the new things; Emptiness method is Great vehicle and visualization/other methods small vehicle
  • Diet, Supplements, Detox

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

  • Use the skeleton method, visualize you become a skeleton, then you imagine taking your skull, turning it upside down and putting it on your waist
  • Visualize skeleton method but focus on your big toes
  • Visualize a small fire flame or small sun in the center of the bottom of your feet
  • In this case, visualize the emptiness going down (most people visualize emptiness proceeding upwards)
  • Breathing begins after you are born, so breathing methods concentrate on post natal phenomena; skeleton method -> no breathing anymore; One not better than another, just use all the methods combined; ordinary people differ from advanced practitioners
  • Supplements, destress, meditation, diet
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Meditation for Healing

PAIN

  • Arthritis - water and wind elements; fasting, medicines and breathing (takes time)
  • Chant a mantra or be mindful of Buddha to such a degree of one-pointedness that you forget about the existence of your body (higher method), but you also need to do fasting

HEADACHE

  • You need to know the source of the problem because there are many causes
  • General method - visualize your head is not there... non-existent (ex. Generals in war forget the pain); for this to work you need great mind power (highest method the thought is not there)

GRIEF and WORRY

  • Empty your thoughts to get mental relief by entering a state of no-thought, or you try to breathe out or do exercise or sing to put your attention elsewhere
  • Methods to shift attention are not the ultimate solution (doctors will always have business)

STRESS

  • Zen - just know it is there, that’s the highest method
the mozart effect
The “Mozart Effect”
  • 1996 Study College Entrance Exam - if students sing or play an instrument they score 51 points higher on Verbal and 39 points higher in Math
  • Univ. of CA study - listen to Mozart for 10 minutes before have higher SAT score
  • Shell, IBM, Dupont, universities use music to cut learning time in half
  • Univ. of WA study - listening to light classical music for 90 minutes, students catch 21% more copywriting errors
  • Baltimore hospital study - heart patients get as much benefit from 30 minutes of classical music and 10 mg of Valium
  • CA State University study - migraine sufferers were trained to use imagery, music and relaxation techniques to reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of their headaches
chi and consciousness are linked
Chi and Consciousness are Linked
  • Chi and consciousness are linked
    • Zen Master Nan Huai-Chin
  • Consciousnesses are said to “ride” on winds [various types of chi, or prana] in the same manner that a horseman rides his mount; by travelling on the winds, consciousnesses are able to leave their bases in the sense-powers (located in the eye, ear, and so forth) to contact their objects. Because minds are inoperative without winds to provide a medium for their movement, and because winds lack specific direction without minds, minds are likened to cripples with sights and winds to blind men with legs; the lame climb on the backs of the blind and together they can move about. Because the winds are the medium for the operation of minds, fluctuation in the winds necessarily affects consciousness, and thus it is crucial for tantric yogis who wish to yoke consciousness to gain control over the movement of winds. Tantric yogics engage in a variety of practices to bring about a concentration of the winds, for concentration of the winds leads to concentration of consciousness.
    • Highest Yoga Tantra, Daniel Cozort
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Chi and Consciousness are Linked
  • Mind and prana are mixed like milk and water. Both of them are equal in their activities. Where there is pranic movement or activity there is mind (consciousness). Where there is consciousness there is prana.
  • When prana moves, chitta (the mental force) moves. When prana is without movement, chitta is without movement. By this (steadiness of prana) the yogis attains steadiness and should thus restrain the vayu (air).
    • Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Light on Hatha Yoga, Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati
  • The mind—the king—surrounded by a retinue of mindfulness, meditative stabilization, and so forth is considered as being mounted on the horse of vitality (prana). When the horse of vitality [wind] is held, the mind—the king—as well as the retinue will definitely be held. For another [text] says, ‘Vitality [wind] is to be stopped. When it is stopped, one’s mind as well as mindfulness, intellect, mental engagement, and so forth will definitely be held.’
    • The Yoga of Tibet, Tsong-Ka-Pa, trans. Jeffrey Hopkins
  • He who has power over his mind can also control prana. [For] the two causes that activate the mind are prana [respiration] and the sources of karma [vasanas, latent tendencies.]
    • The Yoga of Light, Hans-Ulich Rieker
cessation contemplation practice
Cessation-Contemplation Practice
  • Shamatha-vipashyana, Chih-guan, Confucian cultivation, Vipassana, Tiendai, Greater and Lesser Contemplation, Sandhinirmocana Sutra, Christian contemplation, Benjamin Franklin, Liao Fan, self-awareness, Kabbalah, Gurdjieff self-remembering
  • Step 1: Sit, relax your body and respiration, tune your physical nature, physiological adjustments. Start to watch your thoughts as if you were a 3rd person observer.
  • Step 2: You reach a stage where you can start to clearly see each thought that appears in the mind, and can distinguish the beginning and ending of thoughts. You start to notice a gap of clear immediate presence of mind.
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Step 3: You realize that thoughts don’t stay -- “observing birth and death” -- and that the never ending stream of arising is the “realm of birth and death.”If you remain attached to this realm you can never achieve liberation. Observe this stream and you will gradually learn how to detach from it. In contemplating the mean between stillness and activity, you will arrive at the source. Through inner watching … your stream of consciousness becomes interrupted. Your clarity increases and peace and calm increase. This is CONTEMPLATION.
  • Step 4: You’ll start to notice a momentary gap of silence between thoughts - the practice of silent watching will interrupt the stream of mentation like a “fragrant elephant.” This mental silence will open up into a clear, lucid, open awareness. This is CESSATION.
  • Step 5: Carry over this state of watching into all your activities. Thoughts will die down, radiant awareness will expand, and you’ll naturally enter into samadhi. KEEP SHINING AWARENESS ON CESSATION TO ARRIVE AT DHYANA-SAMADHI.
  • NOW! If your vital energy doesn’t move, Zen practice is “dead tree Zen” - you must know the joyful side of existence
dream yoga
Dream Yoga
  • People in ancient times used the dream state to cure themselves
  • There are 5 Types of dreams in cultivation: (1) sickness, (2) see the future, (3) past life, (4) deep thinking related, (5) interaction with spiritual beings
  • “Du-yin” shadow side of clear consciousness can reach outside the bounds of space and time -- small psychic abilities -- don’t rely on it for BIG things
  • Buddha said people who are enlightened “don’t dream” and Chuang Tzu mentioned two types of such people: the dullard and sage
  • Various cultivation methods focus on dream existence or dream emptiness
  • Lucid dreaming - bring your chi to your throat (or into your head - flying in dreams is when your chi is rising - Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine)
  • Bring clear awareness into your dream -- recognize that things do not exist in the way they appear to be --> detachment --> emptiness
  • Recognize the dreamlike nature of reality -- all phenomena are a dream or illusion -- dream state and awakeness are indistinguishable --> relax the mind
  • The Diamond Sutra is talking about how the world is like a dream
sexual cultivation
Sexual Cultivation
  • Not a public teaching -- Shakayamuni never taught it -- Nagarjuna and Tsong Khapa never taught it -- Esoteric school outlawed in China
  • Tao school “left door” practices and Tibetan Tantra are the only 2 schools
  • The objective is to reach the 1st dhyana (samadhi) -- a stage of Co-emergent emptiness and bliss
  • Principles: Brahmacharya, celibacy, chastity … no ejaculation … joyful play without desire (emptiness) … not sexual yoga (good for healing) or trying to spiritualize lust … reach a state where the mind is empty, the body is relaxed so you can forget the body, you need chi communication
  • Men’s barrier is sexual desire, women’s barrier is emotions
  • Qualifications: You needmerit (king/samadhi or queen/high born) and cultivationattainment (breathing methods and skeleton method and cessation-contemplation and some dhyana) ... Story of the 6th Dalai Lama
  • You don’t try to swap or steal energy from your partner or circulate it -- all those books and teachers are wrong -- if you want sex then have sex but don’t cheat yourself/others and try to spiritualize lust - avoid drafts and cold drinks
  • Authors: Jolan Chang, Doug Wile
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Taoism says

“Slow foreplay is important every time a man lies with a woman so that the two spirits will be in harmony. Only after the spirits are perfectly moved for a long time should the couple unite. The man should enter the woman when the penis is soft and pull it back when it becomes firm and strong. He should penetrate only without ejaculating. He who can have intercourse many times in a single day without letting his essence leak will increase his lifespan and heal himself of all disease.”

big cheats
Big Cheats
  • Visualizations, Affirmations, Positive thinking, Writing messages given to heaven, Mantra for things
  • My teacher: “If I cannot get them, why cheat people?”
  • This is all focusing on Wandering Thoughts
  • Success stories are the 1% coincidentals (consistent with karma/astrological periods)
  • To be famous today, write a book difficult to understand (wow you’re intelligent) or really strange, irregular, imaginary, mystical

Time + Patience + Method + Disciplined Practice=Result (Gong-fu) can change your fortune

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Matching the Various Stages of the Spiritual Experience among Cultivation Traditions

5 STAGES TAOISM SKANDHAS Consciousness DHYANA TANTRA YOGA

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