Dalia Lama Meditation Technique and Research Study
“All human beings have an innate desire to overcome suffering, to find happiness.
Training the mind to think differently, through meditation, is one important way to avoid suffering and be happy,”
-Dalia lama His holiness Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhists follows Buddhism teachings. He is known as a reincarnation of the God of Compassion. The Nobel Peace Prize winner , had acquaintance with many masters of meditation .He practiced various techniques and here is one technique which is close to his heart which is said to be practiced by him daily and one from the many other techniques he suggests the Analytical meditation technique .These meditation techniques work at the mind level. Meditation helps keep ideas steady, thus improving concentration and control. With meditation, one can achieve salvation and will witness Nirvana. The Dalai Lama Says,” The Heart Of Meditation Is To Discover Innermost Awareness.” Lessening the power of Negative emotions meditation technique procedure:-
We begin the meditation sitting erect completely relaxed, fully aware and eyes closed. Now, we visualize on the left side of our mind’s eye our darker side /weaker side and on the right side of our minds eye, visualize its opposite i.e. the good/brighter side of self. That is, visualizing with the eyes of your mind the gloomy you on the left side of your mind as you would appear to yourself in moments of despair and on the right side of your mind’s eye, see yourself as you are when you're joyous. Visualize with as detail as possible, this inner vision. The facial expression, body language, emotions, feelings, etc. Similarly, continue seeing all the seemingly negative feelings and behaviors on the inner left-hand side of your mind’s eye and the opposite on the right. visualize the depressed you, the energetic and radiant you ; the impatient you ,the you who is calm composed and full of patience ; as jealous and you when truly glad for someone else's success or happiness ; the bigoted and the all-embracing you :the mean you and the sweeter side of you; the ignorant you and the brilliant you ; the clumsy and the graceful you ;. On the left, see the unsatisfied and on the right, the contented. How does this feel? Understand how others would see you. Become aware of the aura of doom and gloom you're radiating. Becoming familiar with the "you" on the left and the opposite "you" on the right. Then see the total "you" who would be there on the left if none of the characteristics of the right side were present. Now see the "you" who would be the totality of yourself with the right side only if none of the behaviors and feelings of the left side "you" had ever appeared. It is easy to hold back from anger( and alike emotions) when provoked if we have trained our mind to first recollect the unpleasant effects such thoughts and feelings caused us and thus refrain from anger.
The Dalai Lama tells us that there is nothing else necessary because just by seeing your negative left-side self, you will become so disgusted with yourself when you witness yourself acting in any of the left side ways that you will automatically cease any of those actions and start doing and feeling the right-side actions and merge with that happiness and that part of you. Eventually, you will become the right-side you exclusively. Eventually, you will have peace, compassion, wisdom, good health, patience, and all the other glorious aspects of life.
This technique has the potential to change your life profoundly for the better. It is one of the best antidotes for negativity. It is consistent with his unlimited compassion that the Dalai Lama has shared it with us.
Research: -- have great respect for science. He says. “But scientists, on their own, cannot prove nirvana. Science shows us that there are practices that can make a difference between a happy life and a miserable life. A real understanding of the true nature of the mind can only be gained through meditation.”
Every year or so His holiness invites a group of scientist to his home in Dharmashala to discuss their work and render any help as a follower of Buddhism.
· A study freshmen who got training in compassion for six weeks and a control group of students who participated in a discussion group. Results showed less physiological stress i.e. heart rate , blood pressure , stress hormones levels also students in compassion group showed least stress reactions as per stress test
· MRI brain scans to track the effects of compassion training findings showed that we can transform the brain structure by chaining the mind. Richard Davidson, PhD says the brain region sends signals to the body that might change during emotional distress and even little practice of compassion can reap a physical benefit as the region activated when compassion is practiced, the insula is quiet special that monitors body and provides brain with information on what is going on.