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Checking our meditation experiences

Part of an ongoing series of teachings based on Approaching the Buddhist Path, the first book in “The Library of Wisdom and Compassion” series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • How to avoid pitfalls from meditation experiences
  • Importance of attaining realizations
  • Consistent outward behavior is a good indication of transforming our mind
  • Signs of progress due to habituation and familiarity through study and meditation
  • Two factors that are needed for attaining realizations
  • Daily dharma practice and schedule of His Holiness Dalai Lama
  • Explanation of four entrustments

55 Approaching the Buddhist Path: Checking Our Meditation Experiences (download)

Contemplation points

Checking our Meditation Experiences & Signs of Progress

  1. Why does His Holiness the Dalai Lama recommend that we mediate on compassion when obstacles that are due to sentient beings arise? Why does he recommend that we meditate on emptiness when experiencing other obstacles?
  2. How is it most beneficial to work with good experiences in our spiritual practice?

Personal Reflections on the Path

  1. His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks about how he starts the day. He shows us clearly how to take care of our mind. How can you emulate that? Give detailed examples of the practices you can emulate.
Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.