The teacher toolbox is one of the most important tools of Buddhist practice.
It is a collection of techniques, including meditation, visualization, and self-compassion that are essential for anyone seeking to develop the ability to meditate, think critically, and make meaningful decisions.
And, as we’ve seen with the teacher tool box, the best way to master it is to do it well.
Here are 10 simple steps that anyone can take to master the Buddha’s teachings.
Start with the basics of meditation.
Meditation can be practiced anywhere and at any time.
For beginners, the easiest way to begin is to mediate with one of those great books, like The Buddha’s Words, The Buddha Mind, or The Seven Factors of Enlightenment.
As with most Buddhist texts, these are easy-to-read guides that are easy to read, and the instructions are straightforward.
The best part about these books is that they are written by Buddhist teachers themselves.
If you want to practice with the right teacher, you can read these books.
If, on the other hand, you’re looking to medicate with someone who has been trained by someone else, you’ll need to ask a Buddhist friend for help.
(In fact, I’m not going to recommend anyone use these books as their primary meditation practice.
The more I learn about them, the more I’m convinced that the more they’re helpful, the better.)
Start out with mindfulness.
Metta is a Buddhist term for the practice of mindful breathing, which is how we inhale and exhale to clear the mind.
In the Dhammapada, mindfulness is the ability for the mind to focus on what is actually happening in our experience.
This means that mindfulness is one way to make it easier for us to meditating, because it’s a way to see things from the point of view of the present moment.
Maintain your posture as though you’re paying attention to a single, clear thought.
If we’re paying very little attention to our breath, we might think that we’re doing a lot of thinking, but we’re actually just thinking about the present and not actually focusing on anything.
You might feel like you’re doing this too much, so stop.
Focus on the breath.
Try to think about the breath in this moment.
If it’s not happening, think of it as something coming out of the mouth, not just a mental image.
If your thoughts are too focused on the moment, it will get in the way of your practice.
Focus your attention on your body.
Focus the attention on the sensations in your body and the feeling of the breath, even though that may not be your body at all.
This is the most crucial step in the Buddha tool box.
We all have different body types and shapes, and it’s important to have different ways of feeling the breath and the body.
If our breath feels like it’s coming out from the mouth when it isn’t, we can’t meditate.
Similarly, if our body feels like its in an unnatural way, we won’t be able to medinate.
Try looking at your body as though it’s an object that you hold in your hand.
If this is happening, it means that your mind has been focused on something else.
Try turning your attention to the breath again and again, in order to make sure that the breath is actually there.
If all this isn’t enough, you might want to pay attention to your eyes, which are the focus of mindfulness.
You can focus on the sound of the air you’re breathing through as it leaves your nostrils, and if that doesn’t work, try paying attention again to your breath.
If the breath doesn’t seem to be there, you may be able just to see the image of your breath or hear a voice telling you to breathe in a certain way.
If that doesn’s not enough, try looking at yourself as though your body is a picture that you’re trying to put into your mind, and you may not feel much of anything at all when you do this.
Look at your breath in the present.
Look into your body, focusing on your breath and not just on what’s happening in your head or mind.
This step isn’t as straightforward as it sounds.
When we meditate on our breathing, we’re focusing on the thoughts and feelings we have right now, not on our body.
We’re not looking at ourselves, and our mind isn’t doing the thinking.
In fact, our mind can be distracted by other thoughts and worries.
For example, you could be worried about your breath right now and worry that it’s going to get worse.
This might be a good time to pay more attention to what you’re feeling.
If things aren’t going well, you should try to see them as a way of letting go of those worries and worrying, so that they can go away.
Visualize your breath with your eyes. There