Mar 28, 2020
This episode is about a very old
Buddhist practice called ‘transforming adversity into the spiritual
path’ and is intended to give quick relief and peace in these
challenging times. Our world has changed so much since the arising
of the coronavirus pandemic. We can transform our personal
struggles and anxiety into the spiritual path by
cherishing others. This
will bring us inner calm, happiness and solve tension between
This practice involves
cherishing others in three ways:
- Making ourselves calm and relaxed for the
benefit of others. Practice the relaxing breathing meditation (see
mindful of our actions in order to protect those who are at-risk of
great suffering from Covid-19.
- Cherishing those we are spending most of our
time with. In Buddhism love is a verb. We cherish others by
behaving in ways and doing things to make them happy or
A Simple Breathing Meditation to
Relax your Body and Mind
- Straighten your back comfortably. Rest your
hands in the lap. Close your eyes.
- Breathe deeply from the diaphragm, feeling your
- Breathe out more slowly than you breathe
during your inhalation, starting at one.
during your exhalation, also beginning at one and making sure your
count is longer during the breath out. This way of breathing has a
physiological effect of calming the body.
- Continue this breathing meditation until you
feel peaceful in your body and mind.
- Breath, enjoy and abide in this peacefulness.
More experienced meditators can do this meditation for an extended
period. Do it as long as you enjoy it.
the end of your meditation, breathe out slowly and say inwardly to
yourself “calm” “relaxed”. Try to tune your body to these
- Put a
little smile on your face. Try to find joy in things.
Whenever you start feeling
stressed, you can do this breathing meditation with your eyes open
during your daily activities. Do it until you feel relaxed. This
might take only a minute or it may take longer. You’ll get better
at this calming technique with practice. With enough practice,
eventually you can tame your mind and be calm all day. Ideally,
meditate every morning to set the tone of your day to one of peace
References and Links
Great Treatise on the Stages of
the Path to Enlightenment, by Je Tsongkhapa,
Volume 2. Translated by the Lamrim Chenmo Translation
Committee. Joshua Cutler, Editor-in-Chief, and Guy Newlan, Editor,