5. Unifiying Practice

This 5 week course will present the Unifying Practice, in which three key methods – each of them a complete method of meditation in itself – are brought together into one practice. As with all other methods of meditation that have been presented, their purpose is to help the mind to rest undistracted.
First using an image of Buddha transforms our outer environment and acts on the level of the body. Second, chanting or reciting a mantra is related to the speech and purifies our inner world of sound, emotion and energy. Third, watching the breath pacifies the mind. Practising these methods in a gradual sequence enables us slowly to transform our thoughts, emotions and energy and become steadily more peaceful and more present.  We present each of the three methods of the Unifying Practice and practise them in short sessions, both as complete methods in their own right and in combination.  There will also be time for discussion and Q/A.
You can listen to the mantra and download it here.

Week 1 Introduction to the Unifying Practice
Week 2 Looking at an Object or Image
Week 3 Chanting or Listening to a Mantra
Week 4 Watching the Breath
Week 5 How to use Unifying Practice Skillfully

3 Responses to 5. Unifiying Practice

  1. David Gibson says:

    Hi I am interested in attending meditation classes from October. I am really interested in getting to know more about Dzogchen. Is this a primer to that?
    Thank you

    • Vera says:

      Hi David,
      Thanks for you interest in our meditation classes. Dzogchen is the pinnacle of the Tibetan Buddhist path, and the classes we offer are the initial steps to enable you to start on that path. The video teachings we watch are from Sogyal Rinpoche, who is a Dzogchen master and as such all his teachings are given with that flavour, including his most famous book,The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Perhaps you’re aware of the book already?
      You might be interested in this quote from Rinpoche about shamatha, which is what we practise on Wednesdays.:“even though I teach meditation like shamatha, which is like basic meditation, but yet I teach it very much in the spirit of Dzogchen with kind of more the Dzogchen view. You can do that, like for example, if it’s a great chef, even if he makes an omelette, a simple omelette, makes it something quite extraordinary. There’s a touch there. So then you have the Dzogchen touch, even to shamatha.”
      I hope this is helpful, but do get back in touch if you want any more information.
      Kind regards,

    • Vera says:

      Hello again,
      If you want to start the class this term, it’s ok to come this week if that suits you. If not, see you in October,

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