"If you’ve ever felt ‘at one’ with something—your beloved or your child, a forest trail or a favorite song," shares Lama Surya Das, "then you’ve experienced inter-meditation."
We’re used to thinking of meditation as a solitary activity that occurs solely in our own minds: by turning inward we strive to dissolve obstacles through self-inquiry and find peace through concentration, contemplation, and self-emptying. But inter-meditation (or co-meditation) is the other half of meditation: it’s inclusive and instead of getting rid of things we embrace people, feelings, and events.
After spending several days with His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai in Atlanta, a few years ago, this way of meditating on Him and with Him simply came to me and I eventually wrote it down. May it be beneficial!
CO-MEDITATING WITH THE DALAI LAMA
1) Think clearly of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (looking up to Him)
2) Visualize and image-in Him right before you & with you, eye-to-eye, heart to heart,
And/or look at His picture
3) Remember the splendid Guru-Lama (and his enlightened qualities)
As the Compassionate Buddha
and his pure, clear, warm and simply loving...
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Tricycle Online Retreat featuring a weekly segment each Monday in June (1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd) on Surya's new book"Make Me One with Everything". Learn the true meaning of Inter-Meditation: How to Co-Meditate with Everyone and Everything All the Time!For the full video please go to http://goo.gl/IJ1nrz
The Buddha taught us to really see how interconnected we are – humans, animals and the entire world around us. As you meander thru your day, having a cup of coffee, sharing a meal with your family or friends, or simply exercising, don't forget our brothers and sisters in Nepal. We can all make a difference, big or small.https://goo.gl/hBIk5rIf all you can give is as short prayer, it's still a way to interconnect and assist.
"What did the Dalai Lama say to the hot dog vendor?
'Make me one with everything.'
It's a joke---and a pretty good one---but there's more to it than that. Becoming one with everything by seeing through separateness and rigidity is the heart of what I call inter-meditation. Inter-meditation means meditating with---the practice and art of intimacy and union with whatever is, just as it is. It is the yoga of convergence, connection, co-meditation, and spontaneous oneness. It's a path we can take to overcome all our illusions of duality."
I call my new book Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist...