Mindfulness, something once practiced only in more closeted meditation circles, has recently become a greater mainstream interest. Perhaps for this reason, research on mindfulness meditation has increased considerably over the last decade. Even the National Institute of Health has grown increasingly more interested in mindfulness meditation, funding a number of large studies which investigate the effects of mindfulness on emotional and physical health outcomes. From reducing cortisol and blood pressure to improving the immune system, the benefits of meditation are numerous.
For those interested in Zen Buddhism in Cebu, Chu Un Temple is administered by one of the 72 Chan (Zen) masters in the world who are authorized to pass on the Linji (Rinzai) lineage. Her past experiences include teaching monks meditation at Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan.
From parkour traceurs, yoga teachers, to Christian meditators, to members of the theosophical society; you will be also meeting people from diverse backgrounds. We have a tea circle after the meditation session where we can discuss our problems, concepts of self-development, and life’s meaning from various perspectives.
If you’d like to know more please read on or watch the video below.
Mark Thornton, the former COO of J.P. Morgan talks about how a leader can improve and find happiness through meditation. Please note this video is not affiliated with Chu Un Temple or our affiliates in any way.
Meditation is now being used in the top 5 cancer institutes in the U.S.A.
Thoughts racing through your head at night that’s keeping you awake? Research is now uncovering that mindfulness is one of the most powerful sleep aids on the planet! People suffering from chronic insomnia tend to fall asleep more quickly, slept longer, and better after mindfulness meditation training. Mindfulness allows you to be in charge of your thoughts so you can choose to turn off your distracting thoughts at will.
Meditation Basic Instructions:
In this position, both feet are placed on top of the opposite leg, with the right foot on top of the left leg and the left foot on top of the right leg.
In half-lotus position one foot is placed on top of the opposite leg, with the other foot tucked underneath.
The next step is to form the proper mudra. First place one hand on top of the other with both hands facing up.
During meditation the back should be kept straight, and the shoulders should be kept even; do not lean to the left or right. Keep the neck close to the back collar, such that the ears and shoulders are lined up straight when seen from the side. Tuck the chin in and lightly close the mouth. The tip of the tongue should rest against the upper palate to promote salivation and good digestion. For beginners, it is best to keep the eyes slightly open and staring downward at a spot about two to three feet in front of one’s seat so as to ward off sleepiness. The next step is to form the proper mudra with one’s hands. First place one hand on top of the other with both hands facing up. The tips of both thumbs should be lightly touching each other, and both arms should be kept close, but naturally to one’s sides. This is called the “Dharma Realm Samadhi Mudra.” This mudra promotes good circulation throughout the body during meditation.
The breath can be regulated through the contemplation of counting breaths. By counting each breath as it goes in and out from one to ten, our rough breathing can be regulated until it is so subtle and gentle that it is hardly there at all. Thoughts are like wild horses: they gallop about and are not easily controlled. But without regulating one’s thoughts, merely sitting on a meditation mat is meaningless. One can engage in various contemplations that focus the mind to a single point. One can also visualize the Buddha’s thirty-two marks, recite mantras or Amitabha Buddha’s name, or consider gongans. Any method is fine, as long as it stabilizes one’s mind and thoughts.
Where To Find Us:
FGS Chu Un Temple, 246, V. Rama Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines