World meditation day, scheduled for the 21st of May 2019, is a worldwide annual event which aims at raising awareness of the benefits of meditation.

Why meditate

The benefits of meditation for oneself and others, and thus for humanity as a whole, are vast. Modern science and ancient traditions seem to agree on the basic fact that a regular meditation practice is beneficial for psychological and physical well-being.

The heart of the tradition

Silent sitting meditation is also the core practice of the Aro gTér tradition and we offer extensive resources for members of the general public who are interested in learning to meditate. The practices we teach come from the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition, a stream of practices that has ancient root and is vividly alive in the present day through the people who practice them – over decades, centuries, continents, social backgrounds and age groups.

Aro gTér resources on meditation

Everybody can meditate. So, if you are interested, maybe World Meditation Day is a good reason to jump right into the practice. The following resources provided by the Aro gTér lineage aim at helping you to gain a better understanding and first experiences with meditation:

  • The free Aro gTér online meditation course: A guided 17-week do-it-yourself programme based on regular emails to guide you through your first weeks of daily meditation practice. With as little as 10 minutes a day and no necessary prerequisites or obligations, you can gain profound understanding of what meditation is, how it works for you, and – most importantly – how you can integrate it with your personal lifestyle no matter where you live and what you do for a living. If you are interested, you can subscribe for the course here.
  • Regular events that enable you to practice meditation in the company of other people and under the guidance of the Aro gTér lineage holder, lamas, and senior disciples: Aro gTér evening classes, sitting groups, weekend workshops and retreats are offered in many countries of the world, like Wales, England, Bhutan, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Austria, France, and the United States. Visit Aro Events for a complete schedule.
  • Aro gTér books, e.g. Roaring Silence, an explanation and practical handbook for preparatory practices of Dzogchen meditation or Shock Amazement, a direct introduction into the core practice of Dzogchen Sem-dé in direct, contemporary language, or Relaxing into Meditation, a friendly and accessible introduction to meditation, approached through relaxation and breathing exercises.

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