Meditation, Yoga & Ayurveda

Meditation vipassana is one of the mot ancient meditation techniques. Long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered by Gautam Buddha more than 2500 years ago. Vipassana means to see things as they really are, it is the process of self purification by self observation. One starts by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind. With this sharpened awareness one proceeds to observe the changing nature of body and mind and experience the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and egoless ness. The entire path (Dhamma) is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism. For this reason, it can be practiced freely by all without conflict with race, caste or religion, in any place, and at nay time and will prove equally beneficial to one and all.Vipassana is an art of living which frees the individual from all the negativities of mind, such as anger, greed and ignorance. It is a practice, which develops positive, creative energy for the betterment of the individual and society.To uncover further truths through meditation, you could pursue the following in Nepal:Ganden Yiga Chozin Buddhist Meditation Centre (Pokhara) ( of the monasteries in Buddhanath and Swyambhunath (See Buddhist studies in this brochure for more on Buddhism and monasteries).At the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre there are courses in Dance Mandal (Healing Meditation Movement), plus weekly introductory meditation courses conducted by teh resident teacher, guided meditation classes twice a week, and at certain times of the year Mandals workshops. On Saturdays Dharma teachings, video showings, and residential Buddhist courses two to three times per month are conducted throughout the year.At Kopan Monastery there are monthly courses during March, April, May, June, September and Ocotber. there are 7 and 10 day courses which include meditation teachings, and discussion groups, led by a Western nun, Ani Karin. They are residential courses which include food and a choice of accommodation at the monastery. For one month from mid November to mid December each year there is a meditation course at Kopan Monastery which allows a more intensive encounter with the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. It consists of intensive teachings, mediations and group discussion, and during the second half the Eight Mahayana precepts are taken daily.In the lower Solu Khumbu there is a small monastery, Thubten Shedrup Ling, where you can take a personal retreat under the guidance of a fully qualified teacher, and at the Lawudo Retreat center at 4,000 meters high in the Solu Khumbu there is a further retreat centre for just a few meditation.The Ishyas Ascension is a series of simple, profoundly effective mechanical technique that allow one to rise beyond, or Ascend, stress and self defeating beliefs. Once this occurs, it is possible to be fully centered in the heart and reclaim our naturally enlightened state or freedom and innocence. The Ishayas Ascension is so effective because the techniques are based on the fundamental principles of praise, gratitude and love, drawing one inward in a way that is extremely charming to the mind and body. The effects are immediate and cumulative. As the nervous system becomes more and more clear, the shayas Ascension begins to serve its true purpose: the heart and mind come into alignment, producing a state of constant inner stillness, oneness and clarity. In this state, because you are no longer reacting to the limitations of the past or projections to the future, life is lived fully in the present."The Ascension Attitudes involve no religious beliefs; indeed they involve no beliefs of any kind....they can be equally well practiced by the Christian, the Muslim, the Hindu, the Buddhist, the jew, the agnostic, the atheist. They tap into universal human states and inspire ascension from wherever one happens to be Maharishi Sadashiva Isham (M.S.I.) Ascension.In November 1999, March 2000 and May/June 2001 the first Ascension courses were held in the Himalayan in Kathmandu. Ascension will be available in Kathmandu in the future. The Nepal vipassana Centre is located in the hills surrounding the Kathmandu valley, at Budhanilkantha, Courses are for ten days, with Noble silence observed from the evening of Day 1 until the morning of day 10. (participants usually leave on Day 11). There is no charge for the Dhamma teachings. The cost of all boarding and lodging is met by donations from the old students. For this reason, no donation is accepted from a new student on joining the course, however at the end of the course on Day 10 participants can express their feelings of satisfaction and good will by offering donations in accordance with their hearts and means. Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation centre at the birth place of Gautama Buddha, Lumbini, Nepal. The Panditarama Meditation centre in Lumbini. Meditation method followed includes intensive vipassana meditation in the tradition of the ven Mahasi Sayadaw of Myanmar, with alternate sitting meditation and formal walking meditation, daily interviews and regular Dhamma talks in English, Burmese and German. Dormitory style accommodation, clean and healthy Burmese food, both meat and vegetarian available. Mediators may schedule their individual retreat from a few days up to three months. Two formal retreats are conducted each year in December and February. Resident teacher is venerable Vivekananda a German bhikchhu (Monk) who trained in Myanmar for nine years. Osho Tapoban international Commune is located in a forest to the west of the Kathmandu Valley, at Tapoban. Its sole objective is to help seekers of spiritual growth, under the guidance of Osho, by providing a place for meditation of Osho, by providing a place for meditation, retreat and self transformation. A day in tapoban starts with dynamic meditation, Osho's own technique created for the modern man or woman. And at sunset, everybody in the commune merges together with the master. During the day other activities include samathi sathana, Chakra breathing meditation, Chakra sound/Nataraj, video discourses, Kundalini meditation and evening satsang. There are monthly meditation camps from 3 days to 7 days, and meditation camps at each full moon. YogaYoaga – 'Unity' "Oneness" Derived from the Sanskrit word 'yog' which means 'to join'. The science of life, the union of the spirit to the divine, via tools left behind form rishis, ascetics and yogis of ages past.To many, the mention of "yoga" conjures up images of postures (Asans) to develop flexibility, general body health and of course. This is just the beginning. While yoga's central theme remains the highest goal of the spiritual path, yogic practices can given direct and tangible benefits to everyone regardless of their spiritual aims.The Eight Fold Path of Yoga (not to be confused with Buddha's Eight fold Path), from sage Patanjali's yoga sutra delves deeply into the morality of living and plunges into the human psyche. It consists of: Yam (self restrainsts), Niyama (self observances) Asana, Pranayama (breath teachniques), Pratyahara (withdrawl of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (identification with pure consciousness).There is an inter-relationship between yoga and meditation. Part of Lord Buddha's contribution to humanity was to focus on meditation to develop Samadhi (while focusing on a platform of ethics and morality). You can choose whether to focus wholly on yoga, or more specifically on meditation, or saturate yourself in both of these.For millennia, the Himalayas have played a key role in mankind's journey to self realization. Its total isolation from the rest of the world, its serene solitude has been an ideal environment for looking within, Nepal has inherited this unique past which is evident in its every day life and culture when it comes to diving deep into your consciousness or floating in total awareness. It still does have individuals and institutions capable of guiding you to this noble path to the cosmic universe which has an infinite beauty of its own.There are many classes from which to choose Kathmandu also offers many practitioners/Ayurvedic healers who hold yoga as a primary source for the treatment of illness. Please see ayuveda SectionThere are many branches of yoga, such as: raja, hatha, jnana, karma, bhakti, mantra, kundalini and laya. Make sure you are not selecting a particular branch at random. Here are a few tips for choosing the right path.

The te3acher's personal conduct, as one who "lives yoga".
On which area of yoga do you wish t focus,
Ability to communicate with your teacher.
Opportunities for personalized instruction (if required).
Intensive/live in courses if desired.
Value for money.

Ayurveda Based on historical evidence Ayurveda has been practiced in Nepal since the beginning of time. The Himalaya stand for purity, clarity and harmony, which is the goal and aspiration of every living creature. Nepal is one of the richest countries with diverse flora ranging from tropical to alpine within a small geographical area. Much of the flora is used for medicinal purposes. Nepal has a great tradition of Ayurveda, and it is considered to be part of the cultural and scientific heritage of the country.Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means the 'science of life' or 'a natural way of living'. Ayurveda, is thought of as a life science, and includes yoga, meditation and the natural and spiritual sciences. It looks at every person as a unique individual, and seeks to understand and to correct the imbalances and harmony of the person.The objectives of Ayurveda are the development of awareness which leads to a state of desirelessness, the promotion of health and the achievement of longevity, the prevention of disease, and the curing of disease. The ayurveda practitioner first of all asks a series of questions to identify the person's type, after which it is possible to diagnose the problem and suggest series of activities and practices together with ayurvedic medicines. Neither stands alone, each patient is treated in both ways.In order to understand Ayurveda in more depth, it is possible to visit Nepal to be treated by an Ayurveda practitioner, or to meet with practitioners to understand the philosophy on a more intellectual level. Excursions can be organized to visit practitioners, to meet rural people collecting the herbs, and to meet traditional healers such as Shamans and Jhankris.You could learn about the cultivation and harvesting of the herbs, and the treatment and final production of the herbal medicines. In Nepal there are libraries with manuscripts of herbal remedies and historical facts about Ayurveda, as well as a herbal specimen museum. The institutions involved in Ayurveda in Nepal include the Ministry of health the Ayurveda hospital at naradevi in Kathmandu, the council of ayurvedic Medicine, a number of ayurvedic pharmaceutical companies, the Himalayan Ayurveda research institute and the ayurveda. Health home and research centre in Kathmandu. Yoga ClassesKathmandu in particular is where most yoga happens. Throughout the city and in particular Thamel (the tourist area), there aer restaurants many with bulletin boards, listing all the activities taking place in the city. This is where you will find information on yoga. There are a few yoga studious, including one near Naxal, where you could enroll in an already existing courser, or where you could enquire about private tuition and classes.A number of the four and five star hotels also include yoga, relaxation and meditation classes in their fitness centres.

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