Buddhist Meditation, Buddhism Meditation, Buddha Meditation
Q: Is there any difference between Master's meditation and Buddhist meditation?
M: There should not be any difference but there is now, because most of the meditative practices in the Buddhist traditions now are different from the true meditation practice that the Buddha had handed over to His disciples.
Our meditation practice offers immediate enlightenment. Most of the Buddhist traditions nowadays - meditative practices - do not offer this kind of guarantee. We practice Quan Yin Method; it is guaranteed and proven with results from thousand, millions of disciples, that we are liberated in this lifetime. This is the last life that we have to suffer. This is in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha, the original version, the original way; because the disciples of the Buddha, in His lifetime, became Arhats, Bodhisattvas or liberated beings, immediately after the Buddha transmitted the silent awakening to them.
All our relatives and friends will also become liberated, even though they have not reached Buddhahood. Liberation and Buddhahood are still different.
With our practice, we can immediately taste the stage of enlightenment during the first moments of initiation and continue forward. Most of the other Buddhist traditional practices, in present time, do not offer this. That is, you can meditate with the teacher but you get nothing. You do not know whether you're enlightened or not. But in our method you know, because there is a proof for you; so that you know, you feel, you realize that you are enlightened, that you are different, that you are awakened. There is great light and great music accompanying a person's awakening. Without these, it's not an awakening.
Also, there is a great feeling of elation, of shedding away the burden of a long time; that something has fallen off our shoulders. Like we have shed the burdens, that we feel elated, we feel light, we feel ecstasy.
This is the proof of enlightenment. This will continue everyday of our life after initiation and improve more and more each day. That, would make us wiser, more loving, more tolerant and a different person; because we have entered into sainthood. We live the life of the flesh but we have the spirit of a saint. If any other method could offer you all this, that is the true way for enlightenment.
Every other method we can practice, we can use; but it's only for temporary, for elementary steps, and not leading us to the absolute throne of spiritual wisdom.
Spoken By Supreme Master Ching Hai At Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand Dec 4, 1994
This Article was Published in Central Daily News, Formosa Jul 1996
(Originally In English, Unabridged)
The Buddhist ashram was originally a place for group meditation for the initiated practitioners. That's what it was originally intended for, just like our group meditation Centers. After they were initiated, they would group together to meditate once every week or every two weeks. They would listen to the Master's teachings and ask questions. The Master would then send some disciples to answer their questions. Thus, they encouraged one another to practice more diligently. During group meditation, the blessing power is very great and they could progress faster. This is the original purpose of the Buddhist ashrams.
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia June 4, 1993
(Originally in Chinese)
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