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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Self-consciousness, Mantra, and Mudra

The phantasms of certitude that we are being watched and condemned do a very good job of making of our life an invisible prison, and what efficient jailers they are. Let us consider of strategy of mantra, meditation, and mudra that our escape we might facilitate.

During our inhalations we could silently and mentally recite the following intention of compassion, “May all beings everywhere now be freed from their tendencies to scrutinize and condemn!” During our exhalation we could physically relax (as best we can) while intoning or singing, “Om Ben-za Sat-to Hung!” four times. After ten rounds of breath we could alter the verbiage of our meditation. And during the next ten inhalations you could silently and mentally ask the rhetorical question, “How could I peacefully and joyfully relax into the awareness of this?” But what are we to do with our hands?

During the above mantra meditation hold your left hand (in a relaxed sort of karate chop type of gesture) before your sternum, finger tips pointed to the celling, thumb before your chest, with the chopping edge of the palm pointing outwards, vertically. Place you right hand (also in a relaxed karate chop gesture) palm up, before you bladder (half way between your navel and crotch. Play with these meditations, mantra, and gestures every twelve hours, and before this time next week, you too could meditate like a Jedi.

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