Meditation to Self-monitor One's Level of Mindfulness ~ Buddha Dordenma Image Foundation

MESSAGE FROM HIS EMINENCE TRIZIN RIMPOCHE BHUTAN

Oct 8, 2014 and Oct 23, 2014: Rarest opportunity for spiritual cultivation

September 2014

Dear Dharma Brothers & Sisters:

I urge you to chant Buddha mantra during total lunar eclipse period on Oct 8, 2014 and partial solar eclipse on Oct 23, 2014. Any deeds, good or bad, committed during a lunar eclipse period can multiply up to seven hundred billion times, while a solar eclipse up to a hundred thousand billion times. Please take advantage of this rarest opportunity to cultivate great virtues and clear obstacles from previous innumerable lifetimes by chanting Buddha mantra of your choice.

For convenience, consider chanting Chenrezig (Guanyin) mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" for as many times as you can. Chenrezig practice essentials have been concisely compiled for you here. After the chanting session, dedicate your virtues to all sentient beings, which will further augment the total benefits received by all.

Chanting must be performed during the course of eclipse:

Total lunar eclipse on Oct 8, 2014 at 08:17-13:32 (UTC)
Partial solar eclipse on Oct 23, 2014 at 19:38-23:52 (UTC)

Remember to convert the UTC to your own timezone. For example, if you reside in Hong Kong/ Malaysia/ Singapore, then use UTC+8 hours (= Oct 8, 2014 at 16:17-21:32 and Oct 24, 2014 at 03:38-07:52). You can also convert the timings to your timezones at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html.

May you and sentient beings benefit from the immeasurable virtues that you cultivate.

Buddha bless us all,
His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche
Founder & Chairman

Introduction

Welcome! This website has been prepared to help you work your way towards enhanced well-being. The instructions contained therein are based on oral transmission of His Eminence Trizin Rimpoche of Bhutan (picture on top).

Because of the rarest opportunity to meet with a qualified guru in one's spiritual practice, this website encourages you to begin your own spiritual endeavors nonetheless. If you wish to meet with a guru, by cultivating merits and deepening your practice, when the time has come, you definitely will.

Why practice meditation?

Do you know that whatever problems you have in mind, it is possible that meditation practice can help ameliorate, if not completely eliminate, them? Let's try and see if this could hold true for your personal case. First try answer the following questions, next follow the link to see if your prediction is correct.

  • Can you think of three primary aspects in your daily functioning that you would like to improve in life?
  • Do you think meditation would help fulfill this wish?

What scientific research says about some benefits of meditation.

Change takes efforts

Congratulations for making the initiatives to practice meditation!

Through persistent efforts, you are bound to see some observable conceptual and behavioral changes in yourselves. Like other healthy regimens, the degree of change you undergo depends on your consistency in practice; the more you practice, the more obvious the results you notice.

Because each sentient being has its own individual karmic tendencies, this website provides the necessary prompts to help you devise your own plans in practicing meditation. You should keep your notes, reflections, questions, and so forth in a personal journal.

Before you start

Mindfulness has long been considered a beneficial quality of mind developed through meditation. Please take a few minutes to learn about your current level of mindfulness before you engage in Vajrayana meditation by taking the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale questionairre. To track your progress, keep a personal journal to note your reflections, answers, etc.