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Sogyal Rinpoche explains that there is much more to meditation than saying mantras and burning incense.

Sogyal Rinpoche explains how the 'calm abiding' of shamatha and the 'clear seeing' of vipashyana can lead to the realization of the nature of mind.

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What Meditation Really Is?

More and more people are discovering the benefits of meditation.

This ancient method has come to be seen as a powerful support for modern life—something that can be practised anywhere, by anyone, of any age or background.

There is growing scientific evidence that meditation has a positive effect on our health and wellbeing, and meditation techniques are routinely used in the treatment of stress, depression and a wide range of medical conditions.

What Meditation Really Is has been developed by the world-renowned meditation teacher Sogyal Rinpoche after many years of teaching in the West, and with the support of some of his most experienced students.

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What is Meditation?

Sogyal Rinpoche explains the difference between our ordinary experience of mind and the nature of mind, and shares several methods of meditation that can reveal our ultimate nature.

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The Way to Inner Peace and Contentment

In this teaching, Sogyal Rinpoche spells out the essence of the Buddha’s teaching, which the Buddha expressed as:

Commit not a single unwholesome action,
Cultivate a wealth of virtue,
To tame this mind of ours,
This is the teaching of all the buddhas.

This means to abandon harmful actions, to adopt beneficial actions and, most importantly, to realize the true nature of our own mind.

How can you dissolve suffering and discover the lasting peace of the nature of mind? By bringing the mind home through meditation. You just simply come home. Then you find contentment, you find peace, you find happiness, and you find love.

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Finding Peace, Compassion and Wisdom in a Complex World

This teaching brings together many aspects of Sogyal Rinpoche’s instruction on meditation into one essential form.

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Unifying Practice

In the Unifying Practice, three key methods of meditation—looking at an object or an image of a Buddha, reciting a mantra and watching the breath—are brought together into one.

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