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Fiona Demmingway, Class of 2014

MEDITATION SESSION at KCM

MEDITATION SESSION at KCM

On 25th of September, Kathmandu College of Management along with HOPE magazine organized a meditation session for its students and faculty. His Eminence Chogyal Rinpoche conducted the session.Born in Nepal, he spent ten years practicing meditation. He graduated with a Buddhist Philosophy degree in 2010 and is now actively involved in spiritual as well as social activities. His vision is to help create a better world where love and compassionwill be practiced. Buddhism has been a major topic of discussion in today’s world. Many lamas and gurus have been working to uplift humanity as a whole through Buddhism.  Bodhisattva in Action (BIA) foundation has been educating students as well as businessmen about the essence of spiritualism. Besides, it has also been working for the betterment of the underprivileged. 

There is ahuge gap prevailing in the materialistic world and the spiritual world of today. Students have a busy schedule and businessmen are working overtime. They have lost touch with theirspiritual self. Thus, meditation is very important to revive one’s peace of mind.We need to look within ourselves to find the answers for all the unsolved questions. Although we try to suppress negative emotions, it will still be deeply rooted in our mind. Between suppression and expression there is a fine line called observation. Mediation is observing. It channelsundesirable emotions such as hatred, jealousy and ego towards a more positive direction. 

His Holiness also talked about the art of listening, which is now the biggest problem in the society. Rather than listening carefully, we try to win over the discussion thus losing our awareness of the present state of mind. Mantras, much like prayers, help to connect our body, mind and speech. Furthermore he explained mantra doesn’t belong to any religion but belongs to humans. Following this,he then taught two meditation mantras to calm our mind - Manjushree Mantra and Green Tara Mantra. 

Humans are a function of the external environment. Our thoughts are not our own but influenced by the media, fashion and surroundings. This becomes a source of internal pain and strife. To overcome suchsufferings, one has to take charge of the mind. Guru Chogyal Rinpoche concluded by stating that meditation can be done anywhere until we are aware of what is happening within us. It was a fruitful session for the students who got a chance to understand aboutself-awareness and free will.

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