15126Re: [Meditation Society of America] Re: How long has everyone been practicing meditation for?
- Nov 6, 2006Dear KH,
I heard a terrific teacher say once "different wells,
same source." That took a number of years to "accept".
But, it's true. Breathing meditation is a terrific
start. Best though if you have a teacher, or guru that
can guide you according to your needs. My perfect
lama, Geshe Jinpa Sonam has given me tremendous
guidance since I took vows from him. His love and
compassion and tireless joy in teaching gives me not
only invaluable advice but a role model. I dedicate my
practice to not only being able to fulfill his
teachings, but to one day attain his wonderful state.
Finding a teacher is valuable beyond words. The
hardest part is being able to practice what they've
taught you. But, if you have taken vows, those lessons
will either be gentle to learn and apply or they'll
get louder and louder every time they present
themselves to you.
Finding a guru is no easy task. You don't just look in
the yellow pages for the closest Buddhist temple and
show up on their step saying "Um, yes, I'm looking for
a Guru." Try finding a teacher in your area where you
can attend their teachings and go, go, go to them. If
you can afford the travel, go where there is a
qualified teacher. If you want information on finding
a qualified teacher, Alexander Berzin has terrific
information on his website. But, Pabongka Rinpoche has
detailed information in his Liberation in the Palm of
Your Hand. (Lam Rim rnam gro lag bcang)
I hope my information has been of assistance to you or
anyone else reading this post.
Marc Preston Moss
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