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How to Meditate: Remedies for distractions

How to Meditate: Remedies for distractions

The second of three talks given at a weekend retreat on “How to Meditate” held at Sravasti Abbey from August 20–21, 2022.

  • Different types of meditation
    • Stabilizing versus analytical meditation
    • Meditating on an object to understand it or to transform the mind into the object
  • Working with obstacles that arise in meditation
    • Internal and external distractions
    • Mindfulness as an antidote
    • Antidotes in The Discourse on the Removal of Distracting Thoughts
    • Dealing with sleepiness and lethargy
  • Questions and answers
    • Dealing with a song stuck in our head
    • Dealing with physical and mental sensations during meditation
    • Analytical meditations can have different lengths
    • Antidotes to fear
    • Antidotes to the urgency to move during meditation

Watch the first talk here:

Watch the third talk here:

Venerable Sangye Khadro

California-born, Venerable Sangye Khadro ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1974, and is a longtime friend and colleague of Abbey founder Ven. Thubten Chodron. Ven. Sangye Khadro took the full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. While studying at Nalanda Monastery in France in the 1980s, she helped to start the Dorje Pamo Nunnery, along with Venerable Chodron. Venerable Sangye Khadro has studied Buddhism with many great masters including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. She began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years. She has been resident teacher at the FPMT centre in Denmark since 2016, and from 2008-2015, she followed the Masters Program at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy. Venerable Sangye Khadro has authored several books, including the best-selling How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing, which has been translated into eight languages. She has taught at Sravasti Abbey since 2017 and is now a full-time resident.