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Meditation practice is the most important part of the Dhyan Kendra’s programmes – it’s where the proverbial rubber meets the road!
Through sheer hard work on the cushion and the study of philosophy, we learn to meditate efficiently by overcoming barriers such as laziness, sleepiness, external noise, distractions, difficulty in concentrating, or difficulty in meditating for a certain period.
The centre regularly offers commentary on meditation methods – both contemplation practice and concentration practice – and how to deepen our mindfulness, mental alertness and concentration.
There will be ups and downs in meditation practice; every day will not be the same. But we must get to a point where we meditate daily without fail. This is an important milestone to achieve.
We encourage all members and participants to reach out if they are not able to do so. We are here to help you set up and maintain a regular meditation practice. Talking to the teacher, friends and experienced practitioners in the group will also help you strengthen your practice.
Those who want to study with personal commitments are welcome. This means deeper and more vigorous reading of a text, referencing other texts relevant to the section being studied (we help identify additional study material), maintaining a regular meditation practice, keeping the five precepts, and being able to go on four retreats a year. We have members who study with commitments as well as those who continue at a pace that suits them.
All the Dhyan Kendra’s programmes are held in hybrid mode. Time permitting, you can join online from anywhere in the world.
Meditating together is very important. The Dhyan Kendra offers Drop-in Guided Meditation sessions held in online / hybrid (in-person and online) mode once a week. The aim is to help you build a regular meditation practice of your own and sustain it in the long run.
Once every fortnight, there is a Q&A at the end of the Drop-in Meditation session where participants can ask questions and clear their doubts on relevant topics.
Anyone can join the Drop-in Meditation sessions. If you are interested, please connect with us.
The sessions are held in hybrid mode. Each session has two parts – teaching and commentary on a text, followed by a presentation and discussion.
Following the traditional method, the teacher, who has received the transmission of a text from his/her teachers and has personal experience from his/her practice, reads a text and provides essential commentary on its meaning. This is followed by Q&A.
The Study Programme requires members to engage in in-depth reading and exploration of Buddhist texts and commentaries. The presentation-discussion segment helps members delve further into a topic and connect with it. Group discussions help in clarifying doubts, correcting misconceptions and strengthening one’s understanding of the topic.
Retreats are essential in deepening our personal experience of meditation. Retreats help us overcome our laziness of attachment, and improve concentration and motivation. When we go on a meditation retreat, our practice intensifies and we are able to gain realisations / insights not otherwise possible in daily life.
Puja & Prayer
The Dhyan Kendra regularly organises group pujas and prayers. These are held both online and in our meditation hall in Salt Lake, Kolkata. The chanted prayers help us free our mind of distractions and feel inspired by receiving blessings. It is an important part of a successful meditation practice.
Pujas and prayers are offered for free, and all are welcome.
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