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Walking meditation is one of the most widespread forms of Buddhist practice, and has the advantage that it can be done anytime we’re walking. Anything we do can become meditative, including eating, driving, washing, cleaning the house, and, of course, walking. A CD containing a guided walking meditation is available through our online store, and the walking meditation track from that album is also available as an MP3 download.
Walking meditation also became a scheduled activity in which practitioners would walk up and down (or in some cases around a circular course) for a given period of time, just as they would have fixed periods of sitting meditation. There are many forms of walking meditation, and I’ve done two different kinds taken from Zen traditions and one from Theravadin Buddhism. Walking meditation is perhaps the form of meditation that’s most amenable to the on-the-go modern lifestyle. Is there a walking meditation guide file I can purchase and download through this website, or can anyone recommend where? Years ago I came across an article in the newspaper about monks who had marked on the ground a large (two-tennis court size) circle that spiralled in to the centre. These are called labyrinths and they’re found in many cathedrals dating back to medieval times.
May I say how astonished I am at the wealth of information and wisdom I come across on the net when I use it to find out things. Not only did your question answer mine, it also reminded me not to judge myself so harshly (I was feeling awfully stupid).
Generally walking meditation, compared to mindfulness of breathing, gives some benefits that are the same and some that are different. In 1985 after coming in contact with the Sangha, the Buddha’s monastic order, I was sufficiently impressed to “turn for Refuge” and become a Buddhist.  The monastics and lay people I met had all been influenced by the Theravada  tradition of Southern Buddhism and the Venerable Ajahn Sumedho, an American who took ordination in Thailand and became a disciple of the Thai master Ajahn Chah. For a long time Buddhism has been seen as a religion of the exotic and mysterious East, and to an extent it still is. The reasons Western people find the Buddhist Way attractive are various, ranging from disillusion with elements of contemporary religious or secular culture to a desire to be “alternative” and different, but for many like me it is simply because we have found the practice and teachings of the Buddha Way tie in with what we already value and we find they make sense. It has also been important for me that this path requires no “leaps of faith.” I am not expected or required to go against what I see as rational, in fact quite the opposite.
All this is based on the teaching and system of mental and moral training developed by its founder Sidhattha Gotama and embodied in the community he trained and set up. According to this teaching then, the Buddha is regarded not as a prophet or spokesman for the divine, or divine himself, but rather as a realised, enlightened and exceptionally wise human being.
Unlike what developed in Christianity and Islam, the story of the Buddha Sidhattha’s life was only committed to writing and used as a teaching tool centuries after his death.
He was born a member of the noble shatriya warrior ruling caste in Lumbini in Nepal and brought up in Kapilavatthu. There is then the powerfully dramatic story of how the young prince, provided with every luxury of wealth, family support and pleasure, is confronted by the inescapable realities of disease, old age and death when travelling around his father’s domain. After years exploring the philosophical teachings and meditation practices of several leading Indian holy men, he so over-does the fasting and ascetic practice that he is reduced to a skeleton and is about to collapse and die of starvation. He then sets off for the Deer Park in Benares where he again meets the five who rejected him. With their support he then sets about organising these samanas ( renunciate spiritual seekers, something that was quite common in India then as now) into a disciplined community who are supported by lay followers or householders. Over the next 44 years the Buddha travels around the country building up his disciples and fine-tuning their training rules known as the Vinaya until the Sangha become a very carefully organised self-disciplining community with hundreds of monks who wander across the country and settle down together during the monsoon on land given to them by their lay supporters.
After initial reluctance he succumbs to pressure from his mother-in-law who wishes to enter the Sangha along with several other women from the court. He also resists attempts by some to take over control of the Sangha and to get him to appoint a successor. After his death wandering bhikkhus and merchants carried his teaching and system of training, across India, North into Afghanistan and Tibet, then to Mongolia and China, (East along the Silk Road and West perhaps to Syria).It then spread from China to Korea and from Korea to Japan, and from China to Vietnam. The Buddhist community also expanded south, going from India to Sri Lanka, to Thailand and Burma, Cambodia, Laos and again Vietnam.
For those who intend to spend a limited amount of time training in the viharas or monasteries, these are expanded to either eight or ten basic rules, and those who undertake the extremely arduous and demanding training of a Bhikkhu train to live by the 227 rules of the Pattimokkha.
These are not commandments seen as moral absolutes, but elements in a training regime which people are invited to reflect on and adopt when and if they are ready and when they see the sense in them. The Buddha’s system of training is built on three basic elements which apply to all the regimes from the Five Precepts of the householder to the Patimokkha of the Bhikkhu.
Sila – Restraint and moral discipline based on respect for all beings capable of suffering. Bhavana – Mental Training – meditation and the development of insight into the human condition. Those who choose to enter the Buddhist Sasana or sphere of influence often express their commitment by taking part in a simple ceremony in which they Turn for Refuge.
Turning for Refuge to the Buddha is to turn to the enlightening mind, that open awareness which the Buddha exemplified in himself, but also that awareness or “Buddha Nature” to be found in all of us, so it is an acknowledgment of that which is best within us and what is special about being human.
Turning for Refuge to the Dhamma, the Teaching or the Truth is to turn towards and explore the Buddha’s teaching, but also explore everything which points to the reality of who we are and where we stand be it psychology or nuclear physics. Turning for Refuge to the Sangha.Primarily this is seen as the Community of those who live by that teaching and usually refers to the Bhikkhu Sangha, or the renunciate community. Looked at a little differently as was shown to me while on a retreat lead by the Buddhist nun Ajahn Candasiri, I was shown that Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha are interrelated, even interlocked. For the Buddhist householder or lay person turning for refuge means something quite practical, undertaking to practice and work out in one’s life the five basic training rules or precepts (sila) testing the truth of them for oneself. How one uses and practices these precepts in the context of life in society is recognised as being something each person needs to reflect on and decide for oneself. As we have noted the Buddha emphasised his teaching is not there to be believed in or taken on faith, but tested in the light of personal experience and reflection, in the context of practising the training rules of a basic moral life, that is a life which does not intentionally cause others suffering. Without adopting these training rules, human life is characterised by avijja, delusion, misperceptions, ignorance, – we get things wrong, we misunderstand, we kid ourselves, we give in to our fantasies which results in unbalanced craving or tanha, that is in greed and hate.
From Buddhism Without Beliefs, a contemporary guide to awakening by Stephen Batchelor Bloomsbury 97.
This dukkha consists of all forms of mental and physical suffering and anguish, and that sense of loss and unhappiness brought about by change, and that underlying and exacerbating this is a misunderstanding or misperception of what constitutes our basic identity, what we call our self. 1.Matter – our bodies – where do they begin or end and everything about them is fragile and changing.
3.Our Perceptions, that is our emotional reactions arising out of these – delight, desire, pleasure, pain, boredom.
The point as I see it is however really quite simple and not dependent on a total understanding or acceptance of this quite complex analysis with its unfamiliar categories. To describe this he used the analogy that our reality is like that of a flickering flame or a swirling whirlpool.
Obviously Nirvana is not a place but a state and the tradition teaches that the Buddha attained it from the time of his Enlightenment or Awakening.
Claims that anyone can or has achieved a state of perfect wisdom and moral purity will strike many, including myself, as inherently implausible.(note similar claims are made for Jesus and Mohammad) Perhaps such a cynical reaction as this may be because I still have such a long way to go. Perhaps, as with any journey, it is what is encountered, experienced and learnt on the way that is as important as the destination. The Buddhist community then is made up of Householders and the Samana community of spiritual renunciates, centred upon the Bhikkhu Sangha and now in the West the small Siladara community. The Samana community in the Theravaden tradition considers the Buddha laid down in the Vinaya that it is forbidden from providing for itself.
Those who undertake the more demanding and minutely prescribed Bhikkhu (or Siladara) ordination “go forth” for an indefinite period or for life and are treated as novices and accept the direction of a senior for at least five years.
This is true for all Samanas, but some dedicate their whole lives to living according to the renunciate Vinaya or code of conduct, while others, some who are married with families, will simply spend a period of time within a monastery as Samaneras before returning to them. The monastery or temple (vihara) is a place for the practice and study of the Buddha’s teaching and in particular for the practice of disciplined reflection or meditation and for Dhamma study in the context of what is an extremely carefully prescribed life-style.
Meditation or “sitting” is something which needs to be learnt in a group.  It has to be done or practiced. The Buddhist tradition with its teachings, scriptures and training regime has been preserved and transmitted through the unbroken succession down the centuries of the renunciate community, the Sangha who also memorised and recited the Buddhist scriptures before they were written down.
The Pattimokha (the key summary of the monastic rule, the Vinaya,) is recited communally twice a month (it takes about an hour and a half to do so) and it is to be found throughout the Buddhist world, including the Mahayana traditions (although they modify and use it in slightly different ways from the Theravadins allowing monasteries to be self-supporting) so there is good reason to believe that it remains in essence as it was originally developed during the long life of Sidhattha Gautama himself. Translating Pali words and concepts into English makes one aware of how complex and slippery translation can be when dealing with a different culture and a different time because words have associations and resonances which are time and culture specific.
The Buddhist attitude towards other religions is based on a recognition that all our beliefs about what we think is true are necessarily seen from an individual perspective. The Buddhist focus on personal practice and intention may appear self-centred or otherworldly, but its purpose is “for the good of the many and the salvation or healing of the world.” And our starting point has to be developing our own awareness. It is the first religion to spread across very different racial, cultural, linguistic and political boundaries and it was certainly the most widely practiced world religion until the explosion of Islam and the later global spread of Christianity. Buddhism.A very short Introduction by Damien Keown, Professor of Buddhist Ethics, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Wherever you go, there you are.Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life by Dr Jon Kabat-Zin. Books can only take you so far, and meditation is almost impossible for most of us without starting in a group. Luang Por Ajahn Sumedho (Thai: ?????????????) (born Robert Jackman, July 27, 1934, Seattle) is the senior Western representative of the Thai forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism. Ajahn Sumedho was granted authority to ordain others as monks shortly after he established Cittaviveka Forest Monastery.
Ajahn Sumedho was the abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery near Hemel Hempstead in England, which was established in 1984. A meditation technique taught and used by Ajahn Sumedho involves resting in what he calls “The Sound of Silence”[4].
The “Sound of Silence” is also the title of one of Ajahn Sumedho’s books (published by Wisdom in 2007). During meditation however, it doesn’t really matter whether one is sitting, standing, lying or walking, since awareness of the mind is key and that goes beyond what position the body is in, during meditation.
Buddhist meditation refers to meditative practices connected with the philosophy of Buddhism. The different meditation techniques taught by the Buddha were each targeted to develop a different psychological state of mind.
Walking meditation involves walking for the sake of just walking- without anxiety or worry.
In walking meditation, we keep our eyes open so that we are aware of our path and surroundings while walking therefore, we do not completely block ourselves from the outside world, like we do in sitting meditation. Walking meditation is better practiced when walking is done back and forth on a straight path, rather than walking continuously in one direction, as that gives room for distractions. Also, the walking pace can be fast, moderate or slow, depending on what keeps one’s concentration undisturbed. Keep the focus of your eyes slightly downwards, so that the path is visible; do not focus on any one point as such. The key to getting this right, is to focus on each intended action till you have reached a high level of concentration. In this technique, one focuses on the body as a whole rather than the movement of the feet which is the case in method one.
Now, lift your foot off the floor beginning with the heel, then the sole and then the toes and while doing this, inhale. Keep your eyes slightly downward so that the path is visible; do not focus on any one point as such.
Those of us who practice “Metta Bhavana”, can chant the key phrases at the time of walking meditation.
To end your walking mediation practice, slowly come to a halt and become aware of the feeling of standing still again. Walking meditation is sometimes considered more beneficial than sitting meditation or the other postures of meditation.
Walking is a good exercise as it helps burn calories, control blood pressure and heart rate.
It also helps to improve digestion, control arthritis and increase stamina for our physical well-being. Maintaining a walking meditation routine is simpler as it can be easily included in your busy lives. Walking meditation can be adopted by anyone and everyone who wishes to live with awareness.
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Content (text, audio, video) on this website is only intended to provide general information to the reader and is not intended to be used as medical advice, professional diagnosis or treatment. Signup to get the most important weekly news roundup from across the web about Health, Wellness & Fitness. Each mindful breath, each mindful step, reminds us that we are alive on this beautiful planet. Walking meditation is first and foremost a practice to bring body and mind together peacefully. Walking meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh during a Day of Mindfulness at Deer Park Monastery.

When we see that the earth is not just the environment, that the earth is in us, at that moment you can have real communion with the earth. We have to practice looking at our planet not just as matter, but as a living and sentient being. When we take mindful steps on the earth, our body and mind unite, and we unite with the earth.
You may like to try this exercise while you walk: Breathing in, I know Mother Earth is in me. Paul Tillich, the German theologian, said, “God is not a person but not less than a person.” This is true of the earth as well.
When we recognize the virtues, the talent, the beauty of the earth bodhisattva, love is born. When we walk mindfully on the face of the earth, we are grounded in her generosity and we cannot help but be grateful.
All the Buddhist stories tell us that the Buddha had a lot of happiness when he sat, when he walked, when he ate.
If you walk reverently on the earth with two other people, soaking in the earth’s solidity, you will all three radiate and benefit from the energy of peace and compassion. When you walk reverently and solidly on this earth and I do the same, we send out waves of compassion and peace. One way to practice walking meditation is to breathe in and take one step, and focus all your attention on the sole of your foot. Thich Nhat Hanh is a renowned Zen master and poet, and founder of the Engaged Buddhist movement. It’s sometimes used as a way to break up periods of sitting meditation, giving the body a rest, but is frequently done as a meditation practice in its own right. Historically, Buddhist monks in India would make walking an important part of their daily practice, remaining mindful as they walked around performing the daily tasks of life such as fetching water or going to the bathroom, as well as when on the alms round as they begged for food by going from door to door, and as they simply walked from one place to another as they crossed the country. Periods of walking meditation help the body to remain at ease and to recover from any tension that builds up due to repeated inactivity. Many people find it hard to set aside time to sit, but just about everyone does some walking, even if it’s just a trip to the grocery store. It helps us to enjoy the experience of having a body, and can be very sensuous and immensely pleasurable.
I’d highly recommend Access to Insight, which contains a large number of Buddhist Suttas (teachings), and Free Buddhist Audio, which despite the name offers not just audio but many transcripts of talks and seminars. The idea is to walk in-between the lines following the path to the centre thus allowing the individual to meditate and possibly other acquirements. I have always found spiritual growth a lonely journey of unchartered waters but now I see I am merely treading in the footsteps of others.
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I have found  Buddhist teaching and the practice of meditation both useful and inspiring and feel strongly that it has a tradition which has much to say that is relevant to our condition today.  This paper was written recently (09) for a group of adults who were working with me to explore meditation and basic Buddhist teaching.
However, since the 19th Century there has been a slow but steady increase in the number of people in Britain, Europe and America who have been drawn to it. We have found that not only is it helpful in coping with the challenges and pressures of contemporary life and the quirks of our own personalities, but it is a useful “roadmap” and a challenging pointer to living better. Nor am I expected to believe or disbelieve in any god or accept any miracle stories as reports of “real, historical and yet supernatural events.” Neither is there an expectation that I should accept texts, teachings or authorities uncritically. He lived in Northern India some four centuries before the start of Christianity (exact dating is not possible) and he is usually known as the Buddha. He is also called Sakyamuni which means sage or wise teacher of the Sakya people, the tribal group he belonged to. It is also not claimed that he is the only one, rather that in the course of human history there have been others, both men and women, who deserved to be so described, but it is claimed that Sidhattha is particularly significant for us at this time, so he is usually spoken of as The Buddha, the fully enlightened one.
What has always been seen as central however, is not the story of his life, but the efficacy of the system of spiritual training he developed and the community of those who live by it which he inaugurated.
Predictions about his future, his conception, birth and the immediate death of his mother have this quality. As a result he decides he must renounce his privileges, leaves his wife and child in the care of his family, and sets off with nothing but the ragged robe of a religious mendicant (a samana, such world renouncing spiritual seekers were then common in India) to seek enlightenment as to how to deal with what he thinks of as this unsatisfactory human condition. Five other ascetics with him are very impressed by his dedication and prepare to see him realise enlightenment as a result of such exemplary mortification, but he recognises that what he has done has got him no-where so when a passing girl offers him some food, he accepts.
As he approaches they recognise he is transformed, ask him to address them, which he does, preaching his first sermon.
Instead he makes sure his teaching and the Vinaya is well understood and the Sangha set up to be self-regulating without an overall leader. Over time variations and schools developed and this Northern tradition became known as the Mahayana (The Broad Way). Priding themselves on keeping as close as they could to what they had originally learnt, this tradition is seen as more conservative and is known as the Way of the Elders, the Theravada. The aim is to train the mind and the emotions in order to reduce suffering for oneself and others, to experience deeper happiness, and to achieve deeper insight so one might live more in harmony with one’s own nature and the way things actually are in the world. In this they simply state they will turn for help and protection to The Buddha, The Dhamma, and the Sangha. Today that also includes the Women’s Order of Siladara which has been set up here in Britain, the original Bhikkuni Order having died out centuries ago. As human beings we have the privilege through our senses and our brains to grow in an awareness of ourselves and all around us which provides us with the ability to think about and explore reality, the way things are, the truth about life, death and the universe. To undertake the training rule of turning away from destroying living beings capable of suffering.
To undertake the training rule of turning away from the irresponsible misuse of the senses and sexuality. To undertake the training rule of turning away from lying and abusive language (put positively honesty and sensitivity in speech). To undertake the training rule of turning away from drink and drugs which cloud the mind and lead to behaviour which ignores consequences.
On the other hand if the training rules are adopted and worked at, it is asserted that we can move towards not a mere intellectual understanding, but an actual realisation of, a direct knowledge of the heart of the Buddha’s teaching which he called: The Four Noble or Ennobling Truths. Or the four points that ennoble those who recognise them.  Here I express them slightly differently, but I think the meaning is the same. Our habitual ways of thinking, reacting and carrying on which bring about good, bad or neutral consequences. Instead we erroneously imagine ourselves as having an essential unchanging essence and identity, an atomistic individuality, that there is a clear boundary between what is me and what is not me, and that this identity is based on our having an indestructible individual soul. The cause of Dukkha then is Thirst or Desire, Tanha,Thirst for sense pleasures, (food, drink, sex, excitement) thirst for becoming, achievement, (may I be powerful, may I be rich, may I be loved and recognised) and thirst for self-destruction. There is however the possibility of emancipation from, of  liberation from Dukkha in its many forms, and the key to this is to learn to eliminate thirst, tanha, not by denying it or attempting distraction, but by facing it and reflecting upon it and so finally to reach a state of transcendent peacefulness, Nirvana.
It is also something which is extremely elusive and according to the tradition, hard or impossible to express in words. On the other hand what is obvious and plausible ( because we do come across such people, often in the most unpredictable and unlikely situations) is that some human beings even if not “perfect” are much more enlightened, wise, good, compassionate, focused, sensitive and admirable than others and that recognising this and working to become more aware and mindful about ourselves and the way things are is definitely worth  pursuing.
Right Understanding (Panna wisdom) A deep realisation of the teaching as seen above in the enobling truths. Right Livelihood (Sila) Adopting a way of life that is non-exploitive, non-harming, honest, avoiding violence. Right Concentration.(Samadhi) The systematic development of a stable, not distracted quality of mind through the practice of meditation and wise reflection. They undertake the extremely demanding regime of living by the 273 training rules of the Pattimokha, the monastic rule. This means it is dependent for its continued existence and for all the necessities of life upon the wider circle of householders or lay supporters who give freely to support the Samanas, most dramatically in the daily offering to them of food. For the Theravada this is in the ancient North Indian language known as Pali, a tongue the Buddha may have spoken.
Divided into three “baskets” or Tipitaka they consist of the Vinaya Pitaka which contains all the rules and explains the discipline of the Sangha, the Sutta Pitaka which consists of a very large collection of the Buddha’s sermons and religious poetry and the Abidhamma Pitaka which explores the Buddhist philosophy of mind. Terms like monastery, temple, monk, suffering, insight, etc all have meanings in English which only approximate the meaning of the ancient Pali originals.
What is more there is a recognition that all language is elusive and can be understood by different people in different ways.
Certainly wherever the Buddhist traditionit has taken root either in its Mahayana or Theravada forms it has deeply influenced the local cultures and in general promotes respect for persons regardless of rank, race, sex or caste, religious tolerance and humane, moral and generous behaviour together with respect for animals and the environment. Sooner or later you need to meet up with others interested in or practicing the Buddha Way.
He has been abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery just north of London since its consecration in 1984. During the Korean War he did military service for four years from the age of 18 as a United States navy medic.
It is part of the network of monasteries and Buddhist centres in the lineage of Ajahn Chah, which now extends across the world, from Thailand, New Zealand and Australia, to Europe, Canada and the United States. In his book, the “Sound of Silence,” he mentions that it was not directly influenced by his study of Ven.
The concept of walking meditation negates the perception that meditation can be practiced only when one is still. The different meditation techniques are a part of ancient Buddhist texts and have been passed on from teacher to student for centuries.
Buddhist meditation constitutes a variety of meditation techniques meant to develop concentration, awareness, peace and happiness. Some of the common techniques are: mindfulness of breathing (Anapana Sati) and loving-kindness (Metta Bhavna) meditation.
Walking without concern of surroundings and clearing the mind from all thoughts to bring about peace and harmony. Also, walking meditation might be easier to practice than sitting meditation as it is less difficult to concentrate when the body is in motion and occupied, rather than when it is still.
Walking meditation is also simpler to incorporate in our daily routine, as a simple walk from the car park to the supermarket can be converted into meditation.
Walking is to be done with hands loosely on the sides, rather than on the chest or in the trouser pockets.
The only difference here, is that the concentration should be on the body as it moves forward. Continue this till you have reached the end of the path, now breath mindfully few times, turn around and walk back following the same process.
The phrases can be repeated while matching the rhythm of your steps or the rhythm of your breath. Those who wish to practice the other methods must learn method one well before moving to the more complicated ones. When one is anxious, it is easier to control the mind while walking, rather than while sitting.
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Wherever we walk, whether it’s the railway station or the supermarket, we are walking on the earth and so we are in a holy sanctuary. No matter what we do, the place to start is to calm down, because when our mind and our body have calmed down, we see more clearly. But if we see the earth as only the environment, with ourselves in the center, then we only want to do something for the earth in order for us to survive.
The universe, the sun, and the stars have contributed many elements to the earth, and when we look into the earth we see that it’s a very beautiful flower containing the presence of the whole universe.
So you don’t have to wait until you die to go back to Mother Earth, because you are already in Mother Earth.
All of the earth’s qualities of patience, stability, creativity, love, and nondiscrimination are available to us when we walk reverently, aware of our connection.
When they see someone sitting in a prison cell solidly and stably, it feels a bit threatening. If we rush from one place to another, without practicing walking meditation, it is such a waste. If three hundred people sit or walk like this, each one generates the energy of mindfulness, peace, and compassion, and everyone in the group receives that healing energy.
It is this compassion that will heal ourselves, each other, and this beautiful green earth. If you have not arrived fully, 100 percent in the here and the now, don’t take the next step.
Notice each breath and the number of steps you take as you breathe in and as you breathe out. Your half-smile will bring calm and delight to your steps and your breath, and help sustain your attention. It was natural for them to make the simple act of walking into an opportunity to develop mindfulness and lovingkindness. And since most of us don’t get enough exercise, walking meditation gives us the opportunity to keep both the body and mind healthy. I’ve only walked a labyrinth once, and the walkway acted as an effective tool for helping keep the mind focused on the act of walking.

Labyrinth is the word and from there I can go further with my investigation starting with the places you mentioned.
If you have balance problems at first, run your hand along a wall as in the very first picture. Instead, you should aim to look four to five steps ahead of you; just enough to know the immediate terrain you will walk on. As such it can be a source of joy, calm, and happiness which leads us to new insights about ourselves and the way things are. Instead the Way of the Buddha commends and provides training in the calm, rational examination and contemplation into the way we actually are (insight meditation).It also commends generosity, compassion and the living of a consistent, responsible moral life as the foundation for happiness.
The Buddha is a title, which means the enlightened one, the awakened one or the one who knows that is he who knows the truth, the way things are. Still the story of his life has always worked as a very effective teaching tool to illustrate his teaching. This also applies to elements in the story of his marriage to the princess Yasodara when sixteen and his fathering of a son, Rahula. The others, disgusted at what they see as his weakness, leave him and go off to Benares, but he remains and when he has regained his health, he resolves to sit beneath a fig tree, the bodhi tree. Finally he dies at the age of eighty with the rules governing the Sangha clearly defined and in operation and his teachings widely disseminated across India, memorised by his disciples, and recited communally. Most scholars consider that in its practice and in its preservation of the Pali scriptures it has remained pretty close to what the Buddha originally taught.
However, since Sangha simply means Community, there is a sense in which it also applies to all whose good, generous and realistic behaviour contributes towards the happiness of the wider human community.
Based on this capacity to grasp something of the truth we are able to relate to each other as a compassionate, mutually supportive community, be it family, religious community, nation or the wider human community. The result is continuing debate over issues such as pacifism, vegetarianism, euthanasia and abortion.
It is also emphasised that if one attempts to examine the teaching or to undertake meditation without at least a commitment to follow the spirit of the five precepts and live a considerate moral life, one is likely, given our unstable natures, to make serious mistakes in understanding what is important.
Indian religions called this the atman, and Christianity and Islam similarly speak of us as having a soul or spirit. After they are considered trained and stable they are free to move off, travel, or go to another monastery of their choice.They too though are free to disrobe and return to householder life at any time.
This means the basic elements of the teaching are to be found in many places but always add up to much the same thing. Even the word Buddhism is an English word which can be misleading as a way of describing a religion which is not based on a set of beliefs which are accepted “on faith”, but on adopting a way, a path, and a pattern of training rules for behaviour which are seen by each person to be true for themselves.
This means recognising that while a certain uniformity as regards practice is possible across a group it is impossible as regards beliefs so Buddhists try to follow the Buddha’s example and advocate tolerance and a positive appreciation of the religions, points of view and ways of life of others. Signs are that this religion which almost alone proudly claims to be entirely man made is far from finished. A psychologist who specialises in the study of Consciousness.Examines how the Buddha’s teaching on not self accords with contemporary scientific investigations into the mystery of consciousness. Luang Por means Venerable Father (???????), an honorific and term of affection in keeping with Thai custom; ajahn means teacher. He then did a BA in Far Eastern studies and graduated in 1963 with an MA in South Asian studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1975 he helped to establish and became the first abbot of the International Monastery, Wat Pa Nanachat in northeast Thailand founded by Ajahn Chah for training his non-Thai students. Ajahn Sumedho has played an instrumental role in building this international monastic community and he has now retired to live in a monastery in Thailand. In his talks and sermons he stresses the quality of immediate intuitive awareness and the integration of this kind of awareness into daily life. Hsu Yun‘s works or by the Shurangama Sutra, though he has heard that the Shurangama mentions a similar practice.
A meditator has to become mindful of just the experience of walking – putting one foot before the other and keep his awareness involved with the experience of walking. It advocates that once freedom form thoughts and activities is reached, and awareness is present, then the other activities being performed during meditation don’t matter.
These techniques have become very popular all over the world and are being practiced by non-Buddhists, as well as Buddhists for multifarious benefits. The different techniques help develop mindfulness, concentration, tranquility, insight and peace. Walking meditation is a Buddhist meditation that promotes mindfulness. It is freedom from exterior surroundings, while establishing a state of awareness for our minds to focus inwards. This too can be practiced by walking back and forth on a straight path at least 30-40 feet long.
Today, even after many centuries, walking meditation remains an important practice among meditators worldwide. Given how uninformed people were about personal health, fitness and fashion; she felt compelled to educate, enlighten and entertain the average joe and jane around the globe.
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When we look into our own bodily formation, we are made of the same elements as the planet. Any living being who has awakening, peace, understanding, and love can be called a bodhisattva, but a bodhisattva doesn’t have to be a human being. The bodhisattva is not a separate spirit inhabiting the earth; we should transcend that idea. She came to the United States to study English literature before going back to Vietnam and becoming a nun. So she waited until the lights had gone out, and she would sit like a person who has freedom. After practicing for half an hour or an hour, you will find that your breath, your steps, your counting, and your half-smile all blend together in a marvelous balance of mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh’s newest book is The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology. Certainly also it can give us a heightened experience of what I can only describe as transcendence. He calls his teaching and training The Middle Way for he sees it as neither self-indulgently lax nor guiltily self-punishing, but calm, joyful and balanced. The Buddha’s denial of this teaching and his assertion that we are essentially a bundle of ever changing elements was and is quite revolutionary in the development of our understanding of human consciousness and is something contemporary philosophers and psychologists are currently exploring.
In those countries where the monastic Sangha is strong it plays an important part in the socialising, general education and moral training of young men who often spend a period of time, anything from some months to some years, living under the direction of the bhikkhus and in accordance with the ten basic rules of monastic practice (Samanera ordination).They are free to return to householder life, which they usually do. Doing this heightens our awareness and enables us to discern and let go of those desires and aversions which make for destructive thinking and behaviour.
There is little argument in Buddhist circles as to what those basic elements are, though there are differences of emphasis. Buddhists are prepared to recognise wisdom and good teaching, compassion and generosity wherever it is to be found.
A bhikkhu for 43 years, Sumedho is considered a seminal figure in the transmission of the Buddha’s teachings to the West. After a year as a Red Cross social worker, Jackman served with the Peace Corps in Borneo from 1964 to 1966 as an English teacher. Like most teachers in the Forest Tradition, Ajahn Sumedho tends to avoid intellectual abstractions of the Buddhist teachings and focuses almost exclusively on their practical applications, that is, developing wisdom and compassion in daily life. Walking meditation does not have a walking target to be achieved or destination to be reached. Many ancient cultures believed there was a deity that inhabited the sun, and they worshiped the sun. When we look into a tree, we see the tree is fresh, it nourishes life, and it offers shade and beauty.
There are not two separate things—the earth, which is a material thing, and the spirit of the earth, a nonmaterial thing that inhabits the earth. We need to be awake to the fact that the earth is in danger and living species on earth are also in danger. When she was out in the streets advocating for peaceful change, she was arrested and put in prison. She taught other prisoners in her cell how to sit and how to breathe so they would suffer less.
We also know that there are times, because of illness or physical disability or because our mind is caught elsewhere, when we cannot walk freely like the Buddha.
Allow your lungs as much time and air as they need, and simply notice how many steps you take as your lungs fill up and how many you take as they empty, mindful of both your breath and your steps. You might find that you take three steps during your in-breath and four steps during your out-breath, or two steps, then three steps. Buddhism in Britain however is different for while  a significant number of Thai, Sri Lankan , Tibetan, Japanese and Chinese Buddhists have settled here,  a substantial and steadily growing number of Westerners have adopted  Buddhist practice and teaching.
As such the value of meditation training is something which is useful and harmonising to all who come in contact with it and learn in some measure to practice mindfulness, not just in a monastic context, but in all areas of our lives.
After observing a keen interest in Buddhism among Westerners, Ajahn Chah encouraged Ajahn Sumedho to remain in England for the purpose of establishing a branch monastery in the UK. His most consistent advice can be paraphrased as to see things the way that they actually are rather than the way that we want or don’t want them to be (“Right now, it’s like this…”).
If our mind is caught and preoccupied with our worries and suffering, we miss these things. But when I do walking meditation and touching the earth, I do not have that kind of dualistic view. They were in a cold cell, but through their walking meditation, they were grounded in the solid beauty of the earth.
It comes from our capacity to breathe, to walk, to sit mindfully and recognize the wonders of life. It is what allows you to recognize what you are doing in the current moment and to say to yourself, I am alive, I am taking a step. There is no archaeological evidence for these dates but the pillars erected by Ashoka, first Emperor of India and himself a Buddhist, have been dated as erected around 268 BCE. He also acts as a spiritual guide to a wide range of very different people, kings and rulers, the followers of other religious teachers, rich merchants and poor peasants, men and women.
We scrabble around in the face of uncertainty, uncertainty in relationships, in fact uncertainty in everything we do and experience – yet we crave certainty, stability and permanence. He is known for his engaging and witty communication style, in which he challenges his listeners to practice and see for themselves.
We can throw fragrant flowers on the earth, or we can throw urine and excrement on the earth, and the earth purifies it. The earth is not just your environment, to be taken care of or worshiped; you are each other.
We have to protect the earth with the same commitment we have to protect our family and ourselves. There are those of us who are in prison, like Sister Tri Hai, and only have a few feet of space.
But if we sit mindfully, if we walk mindfully and reverently on the earth, we will generate the energies of mindfulness, of peace, and of compassion in both body and mind.
You can also try making the in-breath and the out-breath the same length, so that you take three steps with your in-breath and three with your out-breath. He sees them regardless of caste or rank and they include a well-known courtesan and a notorious murderer.
Students have noted that he engages his hearers with an infectious sense of humor, suffused with much loving kindness, often weaving amusing anecdotes from his experiences as a monk into his talks on meditation practice and how to experience life (“Everything belongs”).
The earth has a great capacity to endure, and it offers so much to nourish us—water, shelter, food, and air to breathe. Some of these pillars can be seen today in the British Museum, others still stand in India.
A young person who has love, who has freshness, who has understanding, who offers us a lot of happiness, is a bodhisattva.
You have more freedom than people outside who are imprisoning themselves in their agitation. When we have difficulty, we can leave that difficulty behind and let the Buddha walk for us.
To be grounded in the earth is to feel its solidity with each step and know that we are right where we are supposed to be. The pine standing in the garden gives us joy, offers us oxygen, and makes life more beautiful.

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