Meditation

"Controlled mind is a happy mind, Uncontrolled mind is a unhappy mind"
(Gauthama Buddha)

"The best meditation is non-meditation!"
(Winnie)

The Tibetan term for meditation (gom) means, literally, to become familiar.
There are many things in the mind to become familiar with.
There are many techniques to become familiar with.
All are a part of the framework for bringing our mind to a realistic view of the world.

No two people are exactly alike, everyone is born with a unique combination of abilities, qualities, and temperaments. It is possible to develop an enormous variety of methods through which all sorts of people might arrive at a direct experience of their true nature and become completely free from suffering.

The no analytical methods of meditating are usually taught first, because they provide the means for calming the mind. When the mind is calm, it’s much easier to simply be aware of various thoughts, feelings, and sensations without getting caught up in them. The analytical practices involve looking directly at the mind in the midst of experience, and are usually taught after someone has had some practice in learning how to rest the mind simply as it is.

The meditation practices are best undertaken under the supervision of a teacher who has the insight and experience to understand these questions and provide answers that are uniquely suited to each person who feels like a student.

Meditation is not spacing out or running away. In fact, it is being totally honest with ourselves. What we are and what we not are!

Meditation is not a simply matter of sitting in a particular way; it is a state of mind.
We learn to develop the meditative state of mind in formal, sitting practice, but once we are good at it we can be more freestyle and creative and can generate this mental state at any time, in any situation. By then, meditation has become a way of life.

Meditation is not something foreign or unsuitable for the western mind. There are different methods practiced in different cultures, but they all share the common principle of the mind simply becoming familiar with various aspects of itself. And the mind of every person , Eastern or Western, has the same basic elements and experiences, the same basic problems and the same potential.

Winnie Rode teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation since more than 20 years. He began his education as the meditation teacher before 30 years in a Tibetan monastery as a monk of the Mahayana-Tradition in India. He completed the traditional study and set aside all examinations.

Today, he is a buddhist Yogi and his teachings are mainly based on Dzogchen tradition.

Winnie has many students and teaches manly in Germany, India, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Die Vergänglichkeit aller Phänomene!
Alles Leiden dieser Welt rührt daher, dass der Mensch sich an vergängliche Dinge und Vorstellungen klammert, anstatt das Universum so zu erkennen, wie es ist:
im Fluss, in Bewegung, in steter Veränderung.
Aus buddhistischer Sicht werden Raum und Zeit lediglich als Spiegelungen von Bewusstseinszuständen betrachtet.
Gegenstände sind nicht Dinge, sondern dynamische Prozesse, Aspekte eines allumfassenden Fortschreitens, sich stets Bewegendes im beständigen Übergangszustand. Materie ist Energie, so wie es auch die Quantenphysik betrachtet.

The Paradox of this Age
It is a time when there is much in the window, but nothing in the room.

We have bigger houses, but smaller families; more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgements;
more experts, but more problems; more medicines, but less healthiness.

We have been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication.

We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are times of fast foods, but slow digestion;
tall man, but short character,
steep profits, but shallow relationships.

(His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet)