What's a good Buddhist meditation to practice?

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  1. Buddhist meditation practice is best undertaken with a sound understanding of why you are practicing at all, right from the very start. For example, many people you might meet and talk to have no idea they will one day die. They don’t think about it and have no clue as to what happens at the moment of death. They spend no time familiarizing themselves with the process of dying or the importance of dying with a virtuous mind. They don’t have even a shred of fear about the consequence of actions and their effects. They have no idea what the Three Jewels are and how faith in them can help with this most terrifying experience or how only the dharma is of any use at the moment of death. With all of this in mind, can you see how hard it is to convince many of these people of the benefit of an undertaking as the one you have proposed. Take, for example, “me.” “I” was born, but from the moment I was conceived, I began the process of dying. I will age and this collection of elements and aggregates will surely disintegrate – if I am lucky enough to not die in my sleep or in an accident. My skin and lips and eyes will dry up and I will not even be able to swallow and I will feel cold and hot and will kick and thrash and feel like I’m falling or claustrophobic and will lose my hearing and begin to hallucinate and things like this…It all depends on the training I have engaged in prior to going through this process. We can’t say for sure whether tomorrow or the next life is going to come first. We haven’t even thought about it! So, before you begin any meditation process, you should think about this over and over and over. That way, when the Lord of Death, who himself, is impatient and without a master, is about to grab you up in his clutches and haul you off – you will have gained some certainty that you have not wasted this precious human life and familiarized yourself over and over with the very reason you seek to endeavor to practice meditation. I’ll say it again another way; before you start any Buddhist meditation, look at your hand and imagine it without any skin on it at all and then imagine the maggots burrowing into your carcass and crows pulling it apart – that way, you will have a good and healthy motivation for practicing Buddhist meditation and you won’t waste a minute of time finding a qualified Mahayana spirtual friend who can teach you the whole path, leaving nothing out. Your meditation practice will move along quite nicely if you do this. If you don’t do it, you can still make progress but it will in no way be as swift as this method just described. Best wishes to you!

  2. Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist School, found in 1992 by Master Li Hongzhi in China. About 100 million people practice in over 80 countries worldwide. Falun Gong is an ancient practice for the body, mind, based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises; the demo videos and books are free for download. You can also contact a nearby practitioner for free workshop and/or free instructions.
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  3. Mindfulness meditation is a good starting point. It is well described in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book, “Wherever you go, there you are.”

  4. Sitting cross legged, with your spine erect. Breath deeply in. Breath deeply out. Clear your mind. Continue until done.
    Repeat as needed.

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