How Being Christian Can Hurt Your Meditation Practice

What’s the difference between Westerners and those who are educated in a more Eastern approach to religion? Self esteem.

In this post from the Avenue by Robert Imfeld, Khenmo Trinlay a teacher at The Tibetan Center in Gainesville, Florida breaks down the meditation process.

According to Trinlay, meditation can be thought of in three parts: your views, your actions, and meditation. Because a person’s views and their actions are typically out of sync, a meditation practice is used.

Trinlay, who is a Tibetan Buddhist, uses a form of meditation and yoga that imagines a person as an immortal being. And this is where Trinlay believes that the practice might bump up against an entrenched Christian belief system.

Khenmo Trinlay thinks part of this big difference takes root in our civilization’s religious culture. “The starting point is something akin to original sin. Your essential being is evil, it’s flawed, it’s bad,” she said, referencing Christianity, Islam and Judaism. “And I think that’s permeated our culture.”

It’s quite different from her religion, where everyone is Buddha in nature. “Your essential nature is perfect. You’re a Buddha: it’s just been kind of covered up,” she said. “Everybody starts out perfect – so the starting point of Buddha nature changes everything.”

Read more on how to achieve inner peace with Buddhist meditation techniques and about Khenmo Trinlay here.

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