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Five Days Meditation Programme in India

posted 10 Mar 2019, 14:34 by Buddha Maitreya   [ updated 10 Mar 2019, 14:39 ]
In February I returned to India for two weeks to teach meditation and found people to be very enthusiastic to listen to my teaching and practice meditation with me. The new approach to Buddha Dharma that would effectively fulfil Buddha’s ideal: emancipation or self realisation.*

I was welcomed by a huge number of people just like the first time two months ago. I was covered with flowers showered on to me by the people as I walked slowly on a carpeted path to the shrine serenaded by the sound of loud beating drums.

Pankaj who is the representative of Pure Land India had organised many programmes, talks and meditation meetings at neighbouring villages and schools and a five day meditation programme in the centre.

Wherever I went the place was always full, at one village we had to have our meeting outside the hall as it could not accommodate all who came. At schools all the children and teachers took part in my lectures and meditation sessions and at one school I was pleased to see that the children performed a traditional dance for me.

It was really astonishing to discover how keen was their interest in my teaching and how well they practiced meditation. It may be because of the spiritual nature of Indian people.

Many villagers invited me for breakfast or lunch during my stay. It was their gesture of upmost hospitality. Many of the houses were made out of clay and wood structures and have not changed over the years. The meal often consisted of spice seasoned rice, chapati, daal soup which are served up on the clay floor in front of us which we ate using our fingers. To finish we had a small cup of very sweet tea cooked with milk and spice. After the meal the honoured guest blesses the family with short chanting to Buddha and places a light touch on the their heads.

The Five day meditation programme started with talks from distinguished guests including the president of the local council, ministers, lawyers, physicists etc.

The huge colourful marquee was filled with several hundred people. The afternoon session started with my talk in which I explained why the main goal of Buddhism has not been achieved by the traditional approach and the difference between conventional teaching and my teaching.

After the Darshan break of snacks and tea we practiced meditation, the simple but effective way of self realisation.

The meditation I teach is designed for direct realisation of the Truth. It is based on the Truth and leads people to the Truth. It is from Oneness to Oneness or Buddha to Buddha.

Traditionally there are two schools in Buddhism, Hinayana and Mahayana. Hinayana means small vehicle that is monastic Buddhism and Mahayana means great vehicle that is for lay people in the world. Yana is a vehicle that carries people to Nirvana. After 2600 years of teaching neither school has succeeded to achieve the goal. The end of suffering (Nirvana). The reason being that both schools teaching consists of duality, which is essentially illusion and duality can not bring Oneness and illusion can not bring the Truth.

I had conducted the meditation session and I was really impressed to see the stillness of all of those people, hundreds sitting together in perfect silence. They were in a pure state of serenity. Most of them are ordinary country people but because of their innate spirituality they could achieve such a beautiful state of mind. To me all were Buddhas there and I feel that with the teaching I offer people can achieve self realisation quite easily. I feel ‘Buddhayana’ The way of Oneness will be the major school in Buddha Dharma.

On my last day before I was due to return to the UK a dozen ladies came to say farewell and as I did the final goodbye Gassho to them I saw tear in the eyes of several ladies and it made me realise how much my visit to the area was appreciated. Seeing the sincere gratitude in their eyes made me feel a deep sense of responsibility and commitment to deliver my creed which is self realisation for their sake, for all.

At the airport Pankaj offered me a garland and said ‘until the last breath of my life I will devote myself to Buddha Maitreya’ and tearfully prostrated to me three times amongst the bustle of the busy airport.

Maitreya 
23.2.19.

* Emancipation, end of suffering, Nirvana, enlightenment, self realisation are one and the same, it is realisation of Oneness.
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