Winter meditation: Zhine “Calm Abiding”

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*If you have a color printer just print out the “Ah” and put it on a stick and go to meditation. It should be at the level of your neck when sitting so you are gazing slightly downward.

Zhine is a fundamental and beginning practice in the Bon’s Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. It is as simple as sitting in front of the “Ah Stick” and remain unmoving and gazing at the center “Ah” unblinkingly.

Zhine Short Method:
1. 9 breathings of purification.
2. Zhine sitting- gazing at AH syllable for typically 20 minutes.
3. Sound Zhine using “Ah-Om-Hung” or “Hung Hri”.
4. Dedication of practice: to those suffering in the universe.

One typically starts with the 9 breathing’s of purification, which is the Tibetan version of Pranayama to clear out the 3 psychic channels:

From my meditation page I wrote:

Buddhist Nine breathing’s of purification- is also known as pranayama in yoga circles, many of its uses are to balance the humors (phlems, biles,and winds) of the body in India’s Aryvedic medicine. Brings benefits of balancing both hemispheres of the brain, yin (lunar) and yang(solar) energies of the body, helps to develop a sense of centering and grounding.

To balance the channels- the method of alternate nostril breathing is applied. You inhale through left nostril, close left nostril and exhale out the right nostril. Then reverse: inhale through the right nostril, close the right nostril and then exhale out the left. This should be done 3 times for each nostril. It will clear out negative energies in the channels, stale air and toxins from the lungs. The central channel is cleanse by breathing through both nostril and bending forward in a bowing motion and forcefully exhaling at the last 3rd section of the breath. Do this 3 times. You can add the visualization of dark colored smoke leaving the Brahma’s aperture at the top of the skull making the central channel a pure blue color.

Sound zhine:
1.One typically uses “Ah- Om- Hum” (pronounced Hung), for the 3rd eye, throat, and heart chakras- “body, speech, mind” in the Bon tradition. Classic Buddhist use “Om-Ah-Hum” (Hung) in other traditions.
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2.Another sound practice is using “Hum (Hung)-Hri” which is a powerful energy moving sound exercise.

Dedication:
It is important to dedicate your practice to others and not for selfish means. The ancient yogis ask that you send positive compassion to all beings suffering in the universe and that those suffering quickly attain the 3 doors/bodies of body-speech-and mind: Dharmakaya, Sambogakaya, and Nirmanakaya (truth, completion, and manifestation).

More about Zhine from my Teacher Tenzin Rinpoche: click Here

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