One of my favourite meditations is extracted from Buddhist classes, and relates to the four measurements of geometry. Called “the Seed of Buddha Meditation”, this clinic is just one of the most effective meditations I have learned. It’s believed that the Buddha himself practiced and taught this meditation, just like I discovered it by a Tibetan Buddhist monk out of Nepal. It’s direct and easy, but might open us up to receive deep and infinitely complex spiritual classes.
The profundity of every one of those ideas within this meditation cannot be understated. Each of these theories has been elaborated on for centuries since the time of Buddha, and so the presentation here is, of course, some simplification of these ideas and procedures that might be endlessly researched and refined as a member of our own personal inward exploration.
In this article I will offer the steps that you perform this powerful meditation practice, however as always, it’s the power we bring to such symbols and principles that comprises the genuine spiritual strength of the meditation — the highest potential for universal connection, which can be inherently within us all.
Like most meditations, this clinic is derived from important Buddhist theories and teachings, ” The Four Thoughts and The Four Immeasurables. There are lessons to be gained for both the secular and meditative practitioners, from beginners to the advanced.
The remaining part of the 3-part meditation moves from mindfulness of a specific idea or idea, to mindfulness of no idea — where as far as you can, we believe on nothingness — into mindfulness of the next idea, and so on. These phases of nothingness give us a chance to relax, to split from processing each idea or theory this meditation gifts — that can all be rather extreme — before moving on. The meditation then finishes with the Buddha Breath workout.
Every step of this procedure can occur as long as you like, and the timing can differ each time you practice it. Determined by each idea as soon as you feel appropriate, considering your own time limitations, conditions, realizations and states of mind etc..
The Seed of Buddha Meditation
To start, sit in a comfy cross-legged position (on a meditation cushion, if you prefer.) Sit for a time to just settle into absorption and relaxation, focusing on the breath.
The first part of the meditation is composed of contemplating The Four Ideas of Buddhist doctrine, that turn the mind toward Dharma; the precious human body, impermanence, karma and samsara. The second part consists of contemplating The Four Immeasurables. Contemplate on every one of the following ideas utilizing personal experiences and/or worldwide understandings as your manual.
The freedom and advantages of our precious human incarnation.
The precious human body thought essentially comes from understanding that every being is precious, and spontaneous Buddhahood can happen at any moment, yet we’ve got a precious human body that’s particularly capable of gaining enlightenment, and even assisting others in the procedure. Contemplate the preciousness of the human body, and many others’, then let yourself come to the point of gentle concentration on your own relaxation. Breathe in a relaxed fashion.
The truth of impermanence and change.
Everything is impermanent; ourselves and the state of our world. Allow yourself to consider that the changing, dynamic character of existence at all levels. Then pause again, gently becoming conscious of your own relaxation and breath, choosing whatever time you need to clear your thoughts.
Contemplate the workings of this universal law of Karma; that of cause and impact. In the Buddhist tradition, karma refers to the cycle of activities driven by intention leading to potential consequences, and so, future activities and intentions. Determined by personal experiences or universal understandings of the idea, then, when you are prepared, let yourself become mindful of your own relaxation and breath.
The suffering of living beings within samsara.
Samsara describes the plane of life and suffering; the infinite cycle of birth, existence and death we’re all in, perpetuated by want, ignorance (relating to concepts of fact) and their consequent karma. It’s the opposite is nirvana; the nothingness, the bliss that only IS, and the character beyond death, birth and duality. Contemplate this idea, then again, when you are ready, allow your mind to come back to your breath.
It’s interesting to notice, The Four Ideas (not so coincidentally) relate to the four measurements of geometry; the only point signifies the individual precious human body, the line signifies impermanence (ie. Through motion), karma is exemplified by the circular exchange of electricity, and Samsara relates to volume (ie. 3-dimensional contour).
The second part of the meditation uses exactly the identical routine of watchful focus followed by periods of relaxation, this moment, contemplating The Four Immeasurables of Buddhist doctrine.
Buddha is known to have pointed into 4 aspects or phases of love, also known as The Four Immeasurables; the passion yourself, love for others, love for the joy of other people, and love for all beings in equanimity. It’s commonly understood that each phase requires the previous stage of love to be attained. However, for the purposes of the meditation, we will start by focusing strangely — on our passion for all beings in equanimity — and finish up focusing inwardly — on our love for self.
So, just like all The Four Thoughts, together with personal encounters or universal understandings as the manual, consider on every one of The Four Immeasurables, bringing your awareness on your breath and your relaxation between each concept.
Love for all beings in equanimity.
Love for the joy of others.
Such As The Four Thoughts, The Four Immeasurables can also be emblematic of the four measurements of geometry. Love for the self is symbolized by individual point, love for other people is symbolized by the linear connection, love for the joy of other people is (like karma) circular and all-connecting, and love for all beings in equanimity is voluminous and all-inclusive.
The next and last part of the meditation is Buddha Breath.
On each single inhale, imagine you are eliminating the ignorance and suffering of other people (other people especially, and those typically locally and globally.)
On each single exhale, imagine you are sending them happiness and compassion. Imagine you are a conduit of Buddha consciousness, or supreme understanding. Imagine that you are a car for transmuting ignorance and suffering in to joy and compassion, which occurs by you, instigated by you, connecting above and below.
On each exhale, envision lotus flowers from Buddha consciousness being transported by you, and on each inhale, imagine the fiery pain and anguish of Samsara being drawn into a fiery lotus flower that stays facing you, burning up the ignorance and suffering that’s drawn into it.
Finish the meditation by maintaining a lotus flower for your self, possibly placing on the crown of your head, and imagining light glowing through you and on you, cleansing you of any leftover negativity.
Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was created to a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen awareness of integrity and humankind, Ethan’s work is equally deeply connected and exceptionally insightful, blending politics, philosophy, activism, spirituality, meditation and a special sense of humor. For more, see Ethan on Facebook and test out Ethan’s author page on Amazon.