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18687The Dalai Lama Meditation Technique

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Aug 11, 2013
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      The Dalai Lama has been acknowledged by Tibetan Buddhists
      to be a reincarnation of the God of Compassion and by the
      world in general to be a Nobel Peace Prize winner but few
      know him to be a practicing meditator. All his life, he has
      been surrounded by masters of meditation and has been initiated
      into many different techniques. It is therefore appropriate
      that we pay attention when he points out one method so valuable
      that he does it everyday:

      Remember when you were a kid and they often had cartoons
      where someone had a devil on one shoulder and an angel on
      the other and they were whispering into an ear -- one
      encouraging doing "bad" and one doing "good". In a way,
      that's the basis of the Dalai Lama Meditation technique.

      Sit quietly, calmly with eyes closed, as relaxed yet aware as
      you can be. Visualize yourself on the left side of your minds
      eye as you would appear to yourself and others in a moment
      of impatience. Really see this inner vision. Watch your face,
      observe your body language. What does your impatient self look
      like? On the right side of your minds eye, see yourself when
      you are very patient. What do you look like when you have a
      lifetime of time. As tense as you appeared on the left as
      your impatient self, see yourself as relaxed in your patience
      on the right. Now on the left side, see yourself as you appear
      when you're depressed. Look carefully. How does that make you
      feel? Can you be aware of the aura of doom and gloom
      you're radiating? And then, on the right side of your minds
      eye, see yourself as you are when you're joyous. Merge with
      happiness. Know how others would see you.

      Continue seeing all the seemingly negative feelings and
      behaviors on the inner left-hand side of your minds eye
      and the opposite on the right. On the left, see yourself
      as jealous and on the right as how you appear when you are
      truly glad for someone else's sucess or happiness. On the
      left, see the bigoted you and on the right, the all-embracing.
      On the left the mean, on the right the sweet. See the stupid
      you and the brilliant. See the clumsy and the graceful. On the
      left, see the unsatisfied and on the right, the contented.

      Go on and on, becoming familiar with the "you" on the left
      and the opposite "you" on the right. Then see the total "you"
      who would be there on the left if none of the characteristics
      of the right side were present. Now see the "you" who would be
      the totality of yourself with the right side only if none of
      the behaviors and feelings of the left side "you" had ever appeared.

      The Dalai Lama tells us that there is nothing else necessary
      because just by seeing your negative left-side self, you will
      become so disgusted with yourself when you witness yourself
      acting in any of the left side ways that you will automatically
      cease any of those actions and start doing and feeling the
      right-side actions. Eventually, you will become the right-side
      you exclusively. Eventually, you will have peace, compassion,
      wisdom, good health, patience, and all the other glorious aspects
      of life.

      This technique has the potential to change your life profoundly
      for the better. It is one of the best antidotes for negativity.
      It is consistent with his unlimited compassion that the
      Dalai Lama has shared it with us.