Do I Need to Practice Bodhi Meditation
Do I Need to Practice Bodhi Meditation
“Do I Need to Practice Bodhi Meditation?”
This question is frequently asked of Grandmaster JinBodhi, and of Bodhi Meditation instructors and practitioners. Below is a checklist to help you decide for yourself.
- You have been diagnosed with a medical condition and conventional treatment is not satisfactory.
Modern medicine has cured many diseases and saved numerous lives; however, there are still plenty of illnesses that are not responsive to allopathic treatment, and countless patients who are unhappy with the outcome of such treatment. Chronic pain, insomnia, migraine headaches, fatigue… These are just a few conditions on the long list that have been resolved by Bodhi Meditation, according to reports from Centers worldwide.
“Unexpectedly, the migraine was gone by the last day of the Retreat without any special therapy or medication. Everyone commented on my easy laughter – after twenty years of struggle, I was laughing out loud.”
‑‑‑‑ Winnie Lee, Hong Kong
- You have emotional issues and depend on drugs.
Blocked energy causes emotional knots. Perhaps you are not in touch with your wounds, but whether you are aware of them or not, emotional scars cause frequent turmoil. Suppressing emotion doesn’t resolve it; redirecting energy helps release the blockage. When you meditate, the body and mind are readjusting. Pharmaceuticals designed to work on emotional issues only target the symptoms, whereas meditation holistically addresses the causes.
“My specialist concluded that I don’t need anti-depressant medication anymore. My mental state is stable after practicing Bodhi Meditation for six months.”
—- Jane Wong, Toronto, ON
- You believe in alternative therapy and counseling.
You may have had positive experiences with acupuncture, sound healing, craniosacral therapy, or any of the vast array of alternative wellness treatments available. Meditation is a wonderful complement to other healing modalities. Alternative therapists and counselors understand that meditation contributes to wellness in profound ways, and many of them meditate regularly.
“I’ll use the skills I learned from Bodhi Meditation in my counseling sessions. I’ll teach [people] how to access the Universal energy.”
—- Carol Nack, New York, NY
- You practice yoga.
Bodhi Meditation is more mind-centered than much of the yoga popular in the West, which tends to be more body-focused, but they share common principles. Yoga practitioners say that Bodhi Meditation takes yoga to a higher and deeper level. The two paths cross and then eventually merge. In California and New England, Bodhi Meditation classes are offered in local yoga studios.
- You are a Buddhist.
Buddhism is taken as a religion by some people, a philosophy by others. If you already believe in Buddhist teachings, then practicing Bodhi Meditation will deepen your understanding of Eastern wisdom, and facilitate your realization of enlightenment. “Release suffering” is not merely a catchphrase at Bodhi, which emphasizes simple, practical healing methods that allow you to help yourself and others achieve demonstrable results. Buddhist monks, nuns and lay people attend classes in various Centers.
- You pursue spiritual growth.
Who doesn’t want a peaceful mind, an open heart and a present consciousness? Happiness and joy from an awakened state of mind are non-denominational. Whatever your faith background and spiritual training, Bodhi Meditation enhances your insight and the experience of oneness with the Universe.
“I completely connected to the world of Buddha, to a multidimensional spiritual world. And it is so different from our intellectual pursuits and our intellectual experiences. You know the old saying, ‘The proof is in the pudding.’ So same goes for all spiritual pursuits. You have to experience it for yourself.”
—- Sima Abelev, Vancouver, BC
- You simply want to love.
Love is natural, but unconditional love needs to be cultivated and practiced. When the heart closes, no love exists for the self or others, and forgiveness and gratitude become blocked. Bodhi Meditation advocates happy living and harmonious relationships at home, at work and in all facets of life. Practitioners get in touch with their compassionate heart and as a result, they radiate love spontaneously.
“I have been surrounded by love and joy. It’s such an impressive, loving, supportive environment. The class cultivates your understanding of how to use your mind to develop a compassionate heart.”
—- Sidney Scholl, Sonoma, CA