Tibeten Meditation "Tonglen"

Tonglen is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice. Tonglen went from India to Tibet in around 11th Century. Leprosy was quite prevalent that time in Tibet. Meditation masters such as Geshe Chekhawa cured lepers through the practice and thought them the practice, practicing which they were able to heal themselves. Tonglen is interestingly quite contrary to what we normally do all the time such as avoiding suffering, seeking pleasure, or just being worried about our own happiness and not concerned with others. In Tonglen we stop running away from the unpleasantness, pain, suffering, negativity, resistance, criticism or problems. The practice reduces selfishness or self-centeredness, eliminates the fear of pain or suffering and cultivates compassion and love for self, others, everyone and everything.

What Tonglen means?
Tonglen is made of two Tibetan words, “Tong” which means 'sending out' or 'letting go' and “Len” which means 'receiving' or 'accepting'. So Tonglen means 'giving and taking' or ‘sending and receiving’. Tonglen is an exchange or transformation of negativity into positivity with every breath.

Technique:
Tonglen Meditation is done in conjunction with breathing. In Tonglen we breath-in the pain, fears and suffering around us of our own or other people and breath-out happiness, peace and success for everyone.

With every in-breath, one visualizes in the form of black light rays:

  • Taking onto the suffering of others as well as the causes of suffering.
  • Pain and fears of others.
  • Accepting others.
  • Taking full responsibility of our actions.

With every out-breath, in the form of white light:

  • Giving happiness as well as all causes of happiness, so that they can be happy.
  • Giving and wishing success to all sentient beings, so that they can also obtain joy.
  • Sending others peace and compassion.
  • Forgiveness.

The practice of Tonglen involves all of the “Six Perfections” of Buddhism namely: giving, ethics, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom.

Benefits:
Tonglen practice breaks the psychological habits of self-protection rather self-alienation from suffering our own or collective suffering. The practice of Tonglen bring changes to the normal behavior and attitudes such as:

  • Seeing oneself as more important than others.
  • It does not matter if others are happy or not.
  • It does not matter whether others are suffering or not till the point you are not affected.
  • Not taking responsibility and having a self-justification of actions and behaviors even if causing hurt and harm to others.

The practice result into several benefits, some of them are:

  • Reducing selfish attachment, clinging of ego and dissolving the excessive fixation of self.
  • Recognizing other beings as important. Acknowledging the interdependence, usefulness and preciousness of all beings.
  • Connecting with suffering of self and others. Overcoming fear of suffering.
  • Lessening negative emotions of hatred and aversion. Empathy and acceptance for others no matters what their karma are.
  • Reducing delusion, the mis-perception of reality. Increasing a sense of renunciation and detachment.
  • Awakening the natural inherent compassion. Developing and expanding loving-kindness.
  • Creating positive karma by the new attitude of giving and helping others.
  • Making one experience the unlimited spaciousness called “Shunyata” in Buddhism.
  • Cultivating more inclusiveness and understanding.
  • Building more tolerance and patience.

New practitioners might be worried about attracting unhappiness or suffering. Though happiness or suffering solely results from one’s own karma. Tonglen is a new way to look, accept, and experience suffering, which eventually builds the deep understanding thus eliminating the suffering and liberating from the effects of suffering.

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