Meditation and Zen

Zen, Positivity and Transformation

Buddha

Born as Siddhartha Gautama, into a royal family, the Buddha  initially led a sheltered life, unaware of the sufferings of the world.

The Path to Enlightment

Upon encountering the realities, the sufferings of the world and its inevitability, he renounced his privileged life and embarked on the path towards inner peace of mind. 

Whilst deeply meditating under the Bodhi Tree, Buddha achieved enlightenment. He dedicated his life to spread his teachings.

Meditation

Meditation is the heart of Buddhism. Through meditation one can identify the negative states of mind and learn how to develop positive states leading to happiness and inner peace. 

Dhyana Mudra

A gesture of meditation. 

Also known as the Samadhi mudra or Yoga mudra, symbolises wisdom. 

Buddha is depicted as resting both hands on his lap whereupon the back of the right hand is placed on the palm of the left hand.

Another form is when his hands and fingers form the shape of a triangle, which is symbolic of the spiritual fire or the Triratna (the three jewels).

Benefits of Dhyana Mudra

It is said that keeping the Buddha showing the Dhyana Mudra gesture will eliminate stress, relieve mental pressure  and awaken our wisdom. This is the gesture that Buddha used whilst he was meditating under the Bodhi tree, when he gained enlightenment.  

Buddha or Budai?

A common misconception is confusing the statues of Shakyamuni Buddha and the Laughing Buddha, two of the most famous Buddha statues all over the world. 

The Shakyamuni Buddha also known as the Buddha, is the statue of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism.  

The Laughing Buddha or Budai depicts the monk who lived at the time of the Lian Dynasty in ancient China. His name literally translating to 'Cloth Sack' refers to the bag that he always seen carrying.

The Budai is known for his good character, genuine happiness  and contentment. A popular belief is that rubbing his belly will lead to wealth, good luck and  overall prosperity.