More than 3,000 Buddhist monks in 100 monasteries throughout Southeast Asia have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, as a result of the work by a revered Japanese Buddhist monk, Reverend Koji Oshima, who is a longtime TM practitioner and certified TM teacher. During Maharishi’s many tours of Asian countries, he often visited monasteries and spoke personally to many Buddhist leaders.
Young students practicing the TM technique as part of their daily routine at a Buddhist monastery in ThailandReverend Oshima said the younger monks are especially inspired by Maharishi’s integration of modern and ancient knowledge.
Reverend Oshima has been awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Maharishi University for the significant contributions he has made to society by promoting the experience of Nirvana—the spiritual foundation for the achievement of the goals of Buddhism. The Transcendental Meditation technique is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis or treatment. If we train in meditation systematically, eventually we will be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that are the causes of all our problems and suffering.
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The Vipassana Meditation Centre, Wat Mahadhatu (Section 5), offers daily meditation classes for English-speaking people, which are very interesting and insightful. The Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Chicago is part of an international network of over 678 meditation centers in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
Our members share responsibility for guiding meditations, answering questions, and giving explanations about Buddhism; our work is unpaid, and based on idealism and friendship. Meditations are guided in English and involve visualization and mantra recitation, allowing space, clarity and joy to naturally arise. The distinguished senior monk Venerable Matara Sri Nanarama Mahathera was the first abbot and the meditation master. On his passing away in 1992 a senior pupil, Venerable Panaduwa Khemananda became the new abbot and meditation teacher and served the monastery for 15 years.


In the third monastery in Mitirigala, called Mangalarama, there is the practice of a meditation system propagated by the layman Mangala Upasaka and a female medium who claims to receive instructions from the late Nanarama Thera (now residing in the Brahma god realm). Oshima, the Buddhist monks appreciate the simplicity, effortlessness, and profound experience of transcendence, which is gained almost immediately after starting the TM practice.
One prominent monk in Sri Lanka, who is now the leader, or “Shan Kara,” of one of the three streams of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, has been instrumental in encouraging monks throughout the country to take TM instruction from Reverend Oshima. Through Reverend Oshima’s travels and teaching of the Transcendental Meditation technique he has helped enliven the knowledge and direct experience of Absolute Being in the lives of thousands of Buddhist monks—an influence that helps heighten the peace, happiness and sustainable progress of these monasteries and the world around them. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. These classes start with an introductory meditation instruction, followed by the demonstration of walking and sitting meditation. By attending each of these, (though not mandatory), one can get a full scope and grasp of meditation techniques, and reach closer to their goal of finding inner-peace. It is considered as one of Sri Lanka's most respected meditation monasteries and was founded in 1967 by Asoka Weeraratna (the founder of the German Dharmaduta Society and the Berlin Buddhist Vihara in Germany). During his period Nissarana Vanaya became one of the most respected meditation monasteries of Sri Lanka due to the fame of its meditation master as well as its secluded and contemplative life where monks practiced sincerely with the aspiration of attaining Nibbana in this very life.
One is the Dharmayatana a place for Tipitaka studies which was later turned into a Vipassana meditation facility for monks to follow Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaws system of instructions. Dikwelle Seelasumana Thero (left) prior to Dawal Dane for the monks at Das Buddhistische Haus (Berlin Vihara) on Vesak Day (May 3). Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness.


By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. He equipped the monastery with all the facilities conducive to the meditative life, found an accomplished meditation master, Ven.
Many foreign monks and lay people also practiced meditation under the guidance of Venerable Matara Sri Nanarama Mahathera.
This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation. Matara Sri Nanarama Mahathera (author of 'Seven stages of Purification' and 'Seven Contemplations', both published by the BPS), to direct the meditation training, and then, his mission accomplished, he himself entered the Buddhist order under the name Mitirigala Dhammanisanthi.
Katukurunde Nanananda Thera (famous for his books 'Concept and Reality', 'Magic of the Mind' and his series of 33 sermons on Nibbana) left the monastery due to its shifting away from the meditation training established by Ven.
Panaduwa Khemananda thero died in July 2006 the new most senior meditation teacher became Venerable Uda-Iriyagama Dhammajeewa Thera. There is also a meditation center for nuns and lay-women associated with Mangalarama closer to the village. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation as explained below can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance. Nanarama's greatest gifts was his ability to incorporate the Burmese Vipassana techniques into Sri Lankan meditation traditions and balance them with the teaching of samatha meditation. Dhammajeewa (or Dhammajiva) is fluent in English and Burmese and has translated several meditation guides and books from Burmese into English and Sinhalese.



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