An old Brahman priest asked Buddha: “What should we do [to be saved]?
The Buddha answered, “….look for another Holy One who will come and help the world and all of you in the future.”
Then the Brahman priest asked, “What will the characteristics of the Holy One be like?”
The Buddha answered him, “The Holy one who will keep the world in the future will be like this: In the palm of his hands and in the flat of his feet will be the design of a disk, in his side will be a stab wound; and his forehead will have many marks like scars. The Holy One will be the golden boat who will carry you over the cycle of rebirths all the way to the highest heaven [Nirvana]. Do not look for salvation in the old way [trying to merit salvation]; there is no salvation in it for sure. Quit the old way, and there will be a new spirit like the light of a lightening bug which will come down from the sky above to live in all of your hearts, and you will be victorious over all of your enemies. Nobody will be able to destroy you. If you die, you will not come back to be born in this world again. You will go to the highest heaven [Nirvana].
To be honest, am not familiar with running meditation. Am however famliliar with Walking Meditation, which I learned from the book: “Beginning Mindfulness: Learning the Way of Awareness.” By: Andrew Weiss. Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation mainly has two purposes: the first is to develop mental concentration. The second is to gain ‘Insight’ into the nature of things through “mindfulness, awareness, vigilance and observation.” Mindfulness Meditation is intended ‘to purify the mind’. It cleanses the thought process of what can be called psychic irritants, things like stress, anxiety, anger, resentment, impatience, etc. – things that keep us snarled up in emotional bondage, and produces traits like compassion, lovingkindness, patience and wisdom. ‘It brings the mind to a state of tranquility and awareness, to a state of concentration and insight’.
Practicing sitting mindfulness meditation: ‘Find a quiet and comfortable place. Sit in a chair or on a cushion on the floor with your head, neck and back straight but not stiff. Put aside all thoughts of the past and the future and stay in the present moment. Become aware of your breathing, focusing on the sensation of air moving in and out of your body as you breathe. Feel your belly rise and fall, the air enter your nostrils and leave your mouth. Pay attention to the way each breath changes and is different. ‘Observation-without attachment-is an important key to mindfulness meditation’. In mindfulness meditation one is ‘an observer’ of thoughts and emotions that arise in the mind during meditation. These thoughts are not to be analyzed nor harshly judged-but are to be recognized as they simply are: thoughts and feelings. They are not to be clinged (attached) to, for clinging (attachment) causes suffering. We use the breath as an anchor. What does this mean? When a thought/feeling arises in the mind, we observe it-making a mental note of it, then gently return to the breath. If you’re observing your thoughts and emotions without getting caught up in them, then your on the right track. Remember not to be hard on yourself when thoughts pop-up and when your thoughts wander; be patient and gentle with the mind, and simply return to the breath.
*Learned Mindfulness Meditation mainly from these two books: *'”Mindfulness in Plain English” – By: Henepola Gunaratana. It’s a how to manuel on the practice of Mindfulness Meditation -covering how to meditate, what to do with your body, what to do with your mind, dealing with distractions during meditation, what the difference is between Sati (mindfulness) and concentration, and Mindfulness in Everyday Life. *”Beginning Mindfulness: Learning The Way of Awareness” By: Andrew Weiss – teaches Mindfulness of Breathing, Walking Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation, Tonglin: the Art of Practicing Compassion and Mindfulness in Everyday Life.
Best Wishes to you in your meditation practice.