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Osho Mahamudra Meditation
October 8 @ 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm$20
OSHO Mahamudra meditation is a perfect tranquilizer. So relaxing.
-An ancient meditation from the tantric tradition; a very gentle yet powerful technique which will connect us to higher vibrations allowing the heart center to open up and receive the flow of cosmic energy.
Osho – Latihan is the first step towards Mahamudra
What Is Mahamudra?
Mahamudra meditation’s distinctive characteristic is that it focuses on the mind itself and its intimate relation with the world of conventional appearances and with voidness (emptiness). Confusion and unawareness (ignorance) of this relation drive our disturbing emotions and compulsive behavior, resulting in unrelenting suffering and problems. Mahamudra meditation is a highly effective method for attaining liberation from this suffering, and for becoming enlightened, but only when undertaken on a firm foundation. This means that extensive training in the entire lam-rim graded path is required for progress to be made.
For both approaches, it is crucial to distinguish what exactly mind is.
Mind is the individual, subjective mental activity of experiencing something.
This activity continues unbroken throughout all our lifetimes, with no beginning or end. The mind itself is extremely difficult to recognize, and so success in the practice is only possible on the basis of extensive positive force and the purification of negative.
Mental activity has two essential natures: a conventional nature and a deepest nature. The Gelug tradition defines conventional nature as “mere clarity and awareness.”
- Clarity – the mental activity of giving rise to appearances (appearance-making), namely the mental holograms of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, physical sensations and thoughts, all accompanied by some level of happiness, various emotions, and such basic mental factors as attention and concentration.
- Awareness – some type of cognitive engagement. It’s neither separate nor subsequent to appearance-making – it’s not that a thought first arises and then we think it. Awareness is just a subjective way of describing the same mental activity as appearance-making.
- Mere – this is all that mental activity is, and excludes there being a separate, findable “me” as the agent or observer of this activity, or a separate, findable “mind,” like some sort of immaterial machine doing it all. Mental activity occurs on the physical basis of a brain and neural system, but that doesn’t mean that mind is equivalent or reducible to something physical.
The deepest nature of mental activity is its “voidness of self-established existence.”
- Voidness – the total absence of anything findable on the side of mere clarity and awareness that by its own power establishes that there is such a thing as mental activity, not even these defining characteristics themselves. The only thing we can say that accounts for the fact that conventionally we all agree that we subjectively and individually experience things is mental labeling.
- Mental labeling – the fact that we, as a society, have the concept and word “mind,” that we’ve coined as a mental label and designation for the moment-to-moment continuum of mere appearance-making and cognitive engagement that we all experience. Mental labeling isn’t, however, an active practice that just creates anything – it’s simply a way of accounting for the valid conventional existence of things. There is no self-establishing nature on the side of mental activity or of anything else that accounts for its existence – that’s impossible. Voidness is the total absence of that impossible way of establishing the conventional existence of anything.
The Gelug style of mahamudra meditation focuses first on the conventional nature of mental activity, with mindfulness to prevent loss of focus and alertness to detect any such loss. Think of a flashlight, but where we pay no attention to what it’s illuminating (the appearances of sensory objects or thoughts, plus the emotional content accompanying them). Instead, we focus on the activity of the flashlight that is occurring in each moment – making appearances visible. It’s important not to focus on the mental activity as if it were an object, but rather just to be attentively focused while mental activity is occurring. We make sure not to identify “me” with the flashlight, not as the person holding the flashlight or observing what appears. When thoughts arise, we simply notice them, without getting drawn into their storyline; they automatically disappear and our original intention to meditate on the mind itself brings our focus back to the mental activity. Alternatively, we ourselves cut off the thought and consciously bring our attention back.
Once we attain a stilled and settled state of shamatha focused on the conventional nature of mental activity, we then focus on its deepest nature, its voidness of self-established existence. We eventually attain an exceptionally perceptive state of vipashyana joined with shamatha and focused on the voidness of the mind. We continue practice until this joined pair becomes non-conceptual and, through stages, we attain liberation and enlightenment.
The Karma Kagyu Tradition
The Third Karmapa’s Presentation
The conventional nature of mental activity is “inseparable appearance-making (clarity) and appearances.” The deepest nature of mental activity is “inseparable awareness and voidness” and “inseparable appearance-making/appearances and awareness/voidness.”
- Voidness – the other-voidness view, according to which voidness is a mental state beyond words and concepts – “beyond” both in the sense of an awareness that is devoid of all grosser levels of mind on which words and concepts occur, as well as in the sense of existing in a manner that is beyond what would correspond to words and concepts.
- Inseparable, equivalent to non-dual – neither member of an inseparable pair exists or can be established by itself, independently of the other.
The Ninth Karmapa’s Presentation
The conventional nature of mental activity is “clarity-making, knowing and starkness.”
- Clarity-making, or simply “clarity (appearance-making)” – described as being “sparkling”
- Knowing – equivalent to “awareness” in the sense of being “wide-awake”
- Starkness – non-conceptuality, the cognitive state devoid of conceptual thought. Conceptual thought is what projects appearances of truly established existence and categorizes phenomena as “this” or “that.”
The deepest nature is the inseparability or non-duality of appearances and voidness, clarity-making and voidness, and knowing and voidness.
- Voidness – the self-voidness view, according to which voidness is the state beyond words and concepts merely in the sense of existing in a manner that is beyond what would correspond to words and concepts (such as truly existent, non-truly existent, both or neither.)
In the Karma Kagyu style of mahamudra meditation, one attains a state of shamatha by settling down, with mindfulness and alertness, in the present moment of clarity-making, knowing and starkness, free of any conceptual thought. This means meditating without expectations or worries, and without conceptually identifying as “this” or “that” concrete object:
- What you are cognizing – some sensory information or a random thought
- What you are doing
- Who is doing it
- What the conventional nature of the mind is.
The meditation employs the same methods for concentrating as used in the Gelug style described above. For gaining a state of vipashyana on the deepest nature of mind, the meditation examines and analyzes the relation between mind, in its conventional sense, and appearances.
Gelug mahamudra meditation focuses on the relation between mind and conventional appearances from the point of view that mind makes all conventionally existent objects appear and be known and does this because it does not exist by the power of some findable self-nature. Both mind and conventional appearances can only be accounted for as what the concepts and words for them refer to on the basis of moment-to-moment mere appearance-making and awareness.
Karma Kagyu mahamudra meditation focuses on the relation between mind and appearances from the point of view of their non-duality – neither can be established as existing on its own, separately from the other. Both exist beyond words and concepts in the sense that neither of them exist as findable objects inside the box-like categories that correspond to words or concepts.
Regardless of which method we use, we come to the same conclusion: we can only know the nature of appearances in terms of their relation with mind. When we understand mind and the world of conventional appearances, and have as our firm foundation the lam-rim graded path trainings and extensive preliminary practices, then with sustained mahamudra meditation we will be able to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.
If you know anything about automatic writing it will be easy to follow what happens in latihan. In automatic writing you take a pencil in your hand, you close your eyes, you wait. Suddenly you feel a jerk in the hand: your hand is possessed, as if something has entered. You are not to do anything, because if you do then it will not be from the beyond; it will be your doing. You have simply to allow. Loose and natural — Tilopa’s words are wonderful; they cannot be improved upon. Loose and natural, you wait with the pencil, with closed eyes; when the jerk comes and the hand starts moving, you have to allow it, that’s all. You have not to resist it; because you can resist. The energy is very subtle, and, in the beginning, not very powerful. If you just stop it, it can be stopped. And the energy is not aggressive; if you don’t allow, it will not come. If you doubt, it will not happen, because with doubt, your hand will be resisting. With doubt, you will not allow, you will fight. You simply trust and leave your hand; by and by the hand starts moving, now the hand starts making wriggles on the paper — allow it.
The deepest explanation that I find true is, your own highest center possesses your lowest center; your own highest peak of consciousness catches hold of your lowest unconscious mind. You ask and your own inner being answers. Nobody else is there, but your inner being, which you don’t know, is very superior to you.
Your own innermost being is the possibility of your ultimate flowering. It is as if the flower takes possession of the seed and answers. The seed doesn’t know, but the flower… as if your possibility takes possession of your actuality and answers; as if your ultimate potentiality takes possession of whatsoever you are, and answers. Or the future takes possession of the past, the unknown takes possession of the known, the formless takes possession of the form — all metaphors, but I feel you will understand the significance — as if your old age takes possession of your childhood, and answers.
The same happens in latihan with the whole body. In automatic writing you only leave your hand loose and natural. In latihan you leave your whole body loose and you wait, and you cooperate, and suddenly you feel an urge. The hand is raising by itself, as if somebody is pulling it by some invisible strings — allow it. And the leg goes moving; you take a turn, you start a small dance; very chaotic, with no rhythm, with no manipulation, but by and by, as you get deeper, it takes its own rhythm. Then it is no longer chaotic, it takes its own order, it becomes a discipline, but not forced by you. This is your highest possibility taking possession of your lowest body and moving it.
What is meditation?
Meditation is a simple process
Of watching your own mind.
Not fighting with the mind
Not trying to control it either
Just remaining there, a choice less witness.
Benefits Of Meditation The benefits of meditation are endless and certainly deserve your contemplation and consideration. Many successful business people, celebrities and sports professionals practice and enjoy the benefits of meditation. Numerous businesses promote and provide help and assistance to their staff with the benefits of meditation courses and because of this they gain an advantage over their competitors and create more profit.
Research has scientifically proven that meditation is a safe and simple way to balance your physical, emotional, and mental state and its countless values have been known and practiced for thousands of years. More and more doctors promote the benefits of meditation to cure many stress related illnesses. Everyday most of us experience stress in many different ways and I believe many people are simply not aware of the benefits of meditation or of how much stress we actually hold on to. Normally life threatening situations trigger off the stress response which enables us to act without contemplation and deliberation and survive intense situations using fast reflexes. When our bodies are exposed to a sudden threat we respond with the characteristic fight or flight reaction which is known as an adrenaline rush. When adrenaline and other hormones are released from the adrenal glands the pulse races, blood pressure increases, our breathing becomes faster and the blood flow to the muscles increases. If we are in extreme danger these reactions are of great assistance and gain to us. We have inherited this survival response from our ancestors who faced many life threatening situations every day. The same response is now triggered in our daily lives when we are in a traffic hold up or someone irritates us at work or we simply break a cup. If we do not confront the situation (and many are beyond our control) we end up being in a permanent state of stress.
One of the most important benefits of meditation is how it releases stress from our bodies. Meditation practiced regularly will lead you to a deeper level of relaxation and contemplation. If you want to be free of constant worry, pressure and stress the benefits of meditation can give you a life that is calm, peaceful, happy and relaxed.
Even ten minutes of meditation a day will help alleviate stress.
Some of the benefits of meditation are:
Reduces anxiety attacks as it lowers the levels of blood lactate.
Builds self confidence.
Increases serotonin which influences moods and behavior. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, headaches and insomnia.
Enhances energy, strength and vigor.
Helps keep blood pressure normal
Reduces stress and tension
Creates a state of deep relaxation and general feeling of well being
Increases concentration and strengthens the mind
Helps reduce heart disease
Helps with weight loss
If you practice regularly, the benefits of meditation will promote a sense of calm and control, you’ll feel far more relaxed and happy. Your ability to concentrate will be greater. You won’t become stressed about things and you’ll feel more peaceful and relaxed about everything. One of the greatest benefits of meditation is learning to go with the flow and things that used to irritate you before simply become insignificant.
Waiting is meditation — waiting with full awareness. And then it comes, it descends on you, it surrounds you, it plays around you, it dances around you, it cleanses you, it purifies you, it transforms you. Osho
Methods are needed only until the state of meditation – of relaxed awareness, of consciousness and centering – has become not just a passing experience but as intrinsic to one as, say, breathing.
Join us for a beautiful evening of meditation and healing. Zaki’s hypnotic voice, together with soft, celestial music will take us on a journey into deep relaxation, into a place where time stops and healing begins. A place where Love awaits.
Using hypnosis, you first reconnect with your body/mind, making friends with it, and then start a healing process by communicating with your unconscious.
is a focused way of meditating, to get in a higher state of consciousness in order to achieve a specific goal or purpose. It is very hard for people to shut of their active minds when meditating.
Guided Mediation helps us to breathe, relax and focus our thoughts and intentions on a specific goal or purpose. Through the use of our imagination and visualization we can draw light and energy into our bodies. We can awaken latent areas of our minds and beings. We can experience ourselves opening up to a higher purpose and feel reality shifting within our being.
When we are in that space, Zaki will use the sound of specially tuned crystal bowls, carefully selected fragrances of exotic aromatherapy, specific frequencies of Aura Soma colored light, and several types of Reiki to heal your body, mind, & spirit.
Methods are needed only until the state of meditation – of relaxed awareness, of consciousness and centering – has become not just a passing experience but as intrinsic to one as, say, breathing.
Kundalini Meditation acts like an energetic shower, softly shaking you free of your day and leaving you refreshed and mellow. Sometimes Zaki will take us on a guided visualization to go even deeper. Her hypnotic voice, coupled with soft celestial music, transports us into a space where it will touch your heart in a way you’ve never experienced before.
Benefits of the Healing Sound of Crystal Singing Bowls:
– Relaxes and reduces stress, anxiety
– calms and soothes
– improves sleeping and concentration
– balances the hemispheres of the brain
– balances the chakras
– brings a positive shift in consciousness
Join us for Relaxation -Meditation- release your tension and stress- feel love and peace within-enjoy life!
Sending you boundless love and peace.
We invite you to join us for this very special meditation, as we lovingly honor the Light.
Come, experience the bliss of Meditation.
Wear comfortable clothing.
Doors will be closed once we begin, please come on time.
Zaki was born and raised in Italy,Has been working with people as a therapist, spiritual counselor and friend since 1987. She works individually with people, leads groups, trainings and seminars and has a broad range of expertise including teaching counseling skills. process. she has been practicing meditation and transformational therapy for the last 25 years here in the states and at the residence of the Osho Multiversity and Meditation Resort in Pune, India. This center is the largest personal growth center in the world and has thousands of visitors from over 100 countries each year. She is a certified Osho Breath Therapist, Reiki Master, and Osho Transformational Therapist, which includes certifications in a variety of healing modalities including counseling. She has helped thousands of people to transform their passion to live happy, peaceful lives, into their daily reality. She finds the most efficient route to creating and sustaining a beautiful and powerful life.
Zaki holds 9 Master-Teacher titles in five different types of Reiki:
Usui Reiki: Master-Teacher, Tera-Mai Reiki: Master-Teacher, Karuna Reiki: Master-Teacher, Osho Neo Reiki: Master-Teacher, Shamanic Reiki: Master-Teacher. She also does Osho Active Meditation facilitation, hypnosis for meditation, no mind, talk with your body. She is also trained in Multidimensional Bodywork, Energy Reading, & chakra reading. She now offers private healing sessions that are very unique and mix together many different modalities such as: crystal bowls of the 7 chakras, Aurasoma, Aurasoma light pen (healing with light and color), aromatherapy, hypnosis, energy work, tuning forks and shamanic techniques all of which create a very special environment for healing the mind, body and spirit. Zaki facilitates Osho Active Meditation classes, Shamanic Tarot, groups and retreats, and Reiki class. She has lived and studied in Tibet, Nepal, Singapore, India, Italy, Germany and Thailand, seeking out the masters of energy healing. Zaki also has led workshops and healing groups in Germany for the last 25 years. She is the founder of the OSHO Meditation Center & Multiversity of California. She is an excellent model of what a ‘Marketplace Mystic’ actually looks, sounds, and behaves like when moving through the mundane activities and challenges of daily life.
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Who is Osho? Osho is a contemporary mystic from India who has been transforming, and impacted the life of millions of people through his unique meditation techniques as well as through his talks which have been transcribed and are already available as books, throughout the world in more than 50 languages.Osho is the most prolific author on this planet with over 650 books (64 million words) in print! He teaches creativity because that is the very essence of God. Osho left his body in 1990, yet the number of listeners, and Osho friend he has acquired has been growing exponentially. The reason is his wisdom takes you beyond time and causation, in the enlightened world that is beyond the mind.Just reading any of his books, you start to become a whole human being again because you’re connecting to his consciousness which is at home, unified with Divine Source.The new man that Osho speaks about is one who is an authentic human being. Who is blend of a Zorba the Greek and Siddartha the Buddha. Someone who can let their hair down and dance in the moonlight while peacefully watching the swans sitting on the lake.
From August 1974 to August 1975 Osho develops several new one-hour meditations, which continue to be the basis of the ashram daily program today, together with Dynamic Meditation and Whirling. These include Kundalini, Nataraj, Nadabrahma, Gourishankar, Vipassana, Devavani, Mandala; instructions for these are given. He introduces many personal meditations, which become well-known.
The ancient methods of meditation were all developed in the East. They never considered the Western man…. I am creating techniques which are not only for the Eastern man, but which are simply for every man—Eastern or Western.
Meditation was not something arduous or difficult, but to the Western mind or even to the Eastern mind today—which is absolutely overtaken by the Western ideology—watching the mind is not an easy job. So much garbage and so much crap has been forced into the mind that you go almost crazy just watching it. It is a film which begins, but never ends. You can go on watching day in, day out, year in, year out and the mind is always ready to supply new images, new dreams.
It is because of this I had to create a few other devices—Dynamic, Kundalini, and others—before you could enter into a silent witnessing meditation like Vipassana. I have made devices to help you cathartic, throw out your garbage rather than waste time in watching it
The person then would have “no past, no future, no attachment, no mind, no ego, no self.” Anti-cult groups claimed that he urged his disciples to sever their connection to their families of origin. It is true that he felt that the institution of the family was out of date and that it should be replaced with alternative forms of community and ways of caring for children. However, he actually encouraged individual disciples to make peace with their families. Certainly a proposal to existence – that it is everyone’s birthright to enjoy that same oceanic experience of true individuality. For that, Osho says, ‘There is only one path, which goes inwards, where you will not find a single human being, where you will only find silence, peace.’
A conclusion? There are no full stops in the Osho vision, but a helping hand towards understanding ourselves: ‘I would like to say to you: Science is the ultimate value. And there are only two kinds of sciences: one, objective science, that decides about the outside world; and two, subjective science.
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