Friday, December 16, 2016

Buddha: The Ultimate Happiness Guru

The  Greatest Blessings



Generally, it is believed that the Buddha was a pessimist who preached misery. Nothing can be farther from the truth.

Buddha had great compassion for all beings. He saw their misery, felt deep empathy, explored the causes, and discovered a way out.

Not only that. He gave us a valuable guide for deep and lasting happiness.

The building blocks of an authentically happy life are outlined in the Discourse on Blessings - Maha-mangala Sutta – thus:

·       Not to associate with the foolish, but to associate with the wise; and to honor those who are worthy of honor

·       To reside in a suitable locality, to have done meritorious actions in the past and to set oneself in the right course 

·       To have much learning, to be skillful in handicraft, well-trained in discipline, and to be of good speech 

To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation

To be generous in giving, to be righteous in conduct, to help one's relatives, and to be blameless in action

·       To loathe more evil and abstain from it, to refrain from intoxicants, and to be steadfast in virtue

·       To be respectful, humble, contented and grateful; and to listen to the Dhamma on due occasions 

To be patient and obedient, to associate with monks and to have religious discussions on due occasions

Self-restraint, a holy and chaste life, the perception of the Noble Truths and the realisation of Nibbana

·       A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated



These are the greatest Blessings.

Buddha closes the discourse with the words, “Those who thus abide, ever remain invincible, in happiness established. These are the greatest blessings."

There is no doubt whatsoever that the Buddha is the Ultimate Happiness Guru!


Jagat Singh Bisht
Founder: LifeSkills
Happiness Coach & Laughter Yoga Master Trainer


Phone: +91 7389938255

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Anapana Meditation: Mindfulness of Breathing




Anapana meditation is simple, pure, and pristine.

“Prana” means breath. “Ana(prana)” is the breath that comes in and “apana(prana)” is the breath that goes out. Both put together and shortened for convenient usage make “anapana”. Anapanasati is concentration on breath coming in and going out.

It is believed that mindfulness of breathing, cultivated and regularly practiced, is of great fruit and great benefit. Two thousand and five hundred years ago, Buddha outlined the method in Anapanasati Sutta – the discourse on mindfulness of breathing.

He begins elucidating the method, “A monk, gone to the forest or to the root of a tree or to an empty place, sits down, having folded his legs crosswise, set his body erect, established mindfulness in front of him, ever mindful he breathes in, mindful he breathes out.”

The focus is on breath alone. The meditator observes his breath dispassionately. There is no attempt to modulate breathing. Just observation.

While breathing in a long breath, he knows, “I breathe in a long breath”; breathing out a long breath, he knows, “I breathe out a long breath.” Breathing in a short breath, he knows, “I breathe in a short breath”; while breathing out a short breath, he knows, “I breathe out a short breath.” Experiencing the body, he breathes in and out. Calming the bodily function of breathing, he breathes in and out.
 
The meditation takes him on an inner journey encompassing contemplations of the body, feelings, the mind, and mind-objects. During each step, he continues to observe his breath.

Experiencing rapture, or happiness, or the mental functions; he breathes in and out. Calming the mental functions, he breathes in and out. Experiencing, or gladdening, or concentrating, or liberating the mind; he breathes in and out. Contemplating impermanence, or dispassion, or cessation, or relinquishment; he breathes in and out.

The Blessed One recommends, “This concentration through mindfulness of breathing, when developed and practiced much, is both peaceful and sublime, it is an unadulterated blissful abiding, and it banishes at once and stills evil unprofitable thoughts as soon as they arise.”

Jagat Singh Bisht
Founder: LifeSkills
Happiness Coach & Laughter Yoga Master Trainer
Phone: +91 73899 38255

Friday, December 2, 2016

Vipassana Meditation: All You Wanted to Know About the 10-Day Retreat



Vipassana is an ancient technique of meditation discovered by the Buddha more than two thousand and five hundred years ago. It is non-sectarian and open to people of all colour and creed.

The 10-day retreat of silence and meditation is a unique experience which everyone should have at least once in lifetime. It’s a boot camp for the mind and gives you a first-hand feel of virtue, mindfulness and wisdom.

During the tenure of the course, you observe five precepts: abstaining from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lies and intoxicants.

You wake up at 4 am and meditation begins at 4.30 am. All through the day, you meditate, meditate and meditate! Of course, you have breaks for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. You are in your bed by 9.30 pm.

The accommodation is simple and hygienic, with basic amenities. No television. No internet. You live like a monk/nun for ten days of your life.

The food is simple and nutritious. Some people have an impression that they might starve there. That’s not correct.

On the zero day, you have to report at the centre by afternoon. You are required to deposit your mobile phone, cash and valuables in a locker allotted to you.

Please carry simple and comfortable clothing with you for the course. Don’t carry too many of those. Laundry service is usually available at the centre.

What you learn in the ten days is truly valuable and often life transforming. For the first three days, you learn to concentrate by focussing on your breath, next six days are for gaining insight into your body and mind, and on the last day you enjoy the bliss of loving kindness meditation.

The course also guides you subtly to a routine of moral discipline, purity of mind and loving kindness for all beings.

You learn the basic technique there and then go back home to continue meditating and progressing in the path of spirituality.

The course gets over on the eleventh day at 7 am.

It’s an experience you will cherish, adore and would like to repeat frequently!
You may register for a 10-day course at the global website for Vipassana Meditation.

May your life be filled with happiness, love, peace and tranquillity!

Jagat Singh Bisht
Founder: LifeSkills
Happiness Coach & Laughter Yoga Master Trainer
Mobile phone: +91 7389938255


Friday, November 11, 2016

Light a Lamp of Happiness: Join Team LifeSkills

A Warm Invitation with Open Arms for All




LifeSkills is a pathway to authentic happiness, well-being and a fulfilling life. Our objective is to provide skills that make life happier, meaningful and worth living.

Our mission is to propagate positive life skills to help people flourish. Our guiding spirit is “bhavatu sabba mangalam” which means – May all beings be happy!



Our programmes include:

Yoga: Asanas, Pranayam, Meditation.
Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness.
Laughter Yoga: Group Laughter & Laughing Alone.

We lay special emphasis on Positive Education, Positive Ageing, Yoga Nidra, Surya Namaskar, Anapanasati and Vipassana.



All our teachings are non-sectarian, non-religious and non- political. We do not preach any rites and rituals. Our programmes blend modern science with the ancient wisdom of the sages.

We feel indebted to the teachings and wisdom of Masters including Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Abraham Maslow, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, B K S Iyengar, Madan Kataria, Matthieu Ricard, S N Goenka, Thich Nhat Hanh and Buddha.

We conduct talks, seminars, workshops and retreats for groups, and also provide one-on-one coaching.



You are warmly invited to join us in this noble mission of health, happiness, well-being, harmony and peace.

The areas in which you may contribute include:

  • ·       Marketing
  • ·       Event management
  • ·       Academic support
  • ·       Administrative support
  • ·       Teaching support
  • ·       Social media
  • ·       Legal advice
  • ·       Copy writing
  • ·       Research & Innovation
  • ·       Multi-media & presentations
  • ·       Public relations
  • ·       Database management
  • ·       Facilitating international participants
  • ·       Liaison with HR of Workplaces
  • ·       Organizing audience & programs
  • ·       Guest faculty
  • ·       Special presentations
  • ·       Collaboration from like-minded & like-hearted
  • ·       Logistics


You are most welcome to join us. Please feel free to call me at +91 73899 38255 or send an email to coolbisht@hotmail.com.

Jagat Singh Bisht
Founder: LifeSkills

Happiness Coach & Laughter Yoga Master Trainer


You Too Can Be A Buddha!

Every person seeks happiness, peace and harmony. But often stumbles upon misery, stress and dis-content. Then, starts a journey. Each one takes a different route.

The most common route leads to a pleasant life. A life of material comfort and luxury. One studies in a good school, goes to the university and finds a rewarding job and climbs up and up the ladder. Or, he starts his own business, and flourishes. Such a life is a life full of pleasures. At times, this person wonders – am I really happy?

You may choose a different track. The road less traveled. You are passionate about something and love doing it. You get so absorbed in the activity that you lose track of time, even yourself. Such a life is a life of flow, an engaged life. You may find gratification in sport, science, design, or cooking. This is good life. One uses her signature strengths on an ongoing basis and feels happy.

Some others search for meaning in their lives. They have the greater good of humanity in their minds. They seek happiness for themselves and all around them. They strive for, and acquire, right wisdom and are full of compassion for others. One such enlightened soul visited this planet about two thousand and five hundred years ago. He saw misery all around and, by deep meditation, discovered a way out of it. That is why he is known as ‘Tathagata’ – one who has walked the Path and known the Truth! The path is the eight-fold noble path of morality, mindfulness and wisdom. Such a life is a meaningful life.

Swami Vivekananda, it seems, preferred a meaningful life over others. He once said, “They only live who live for others. Others are more dead than alive!”

But you may choose the life you wish to live. You can choose a pleasant life, or an engaged one, or a life full of meaning. You can aspire to be a Buddha, and you too can become a Buddha – the Enlightened One! The choice is totally yours.

As the Enlightened One blessed us: Bhavatu sabba mangalam! May all beings be happy!

Jagat Singh Bisht
Founder: LifeSkills
“Skills for a happier and meaningful life!”
Happiness Coach & Laughter Yoga Master Trainer
+91 73899 38255



Thursday, November 3, 2016

Meditation


Beautiful Quotes On Meditation
















 Compiled by Jagat Singh Bisht, Founder: LifeSkills.









Monday, October 31, 2016

Vipassana Meditation - Taming Monkey Mind

A Beginner's Guide


Vipassana means seeing things as they really are. It is the process of self-purification by self-observation.”
S N Goenka

Vipassana is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques. Long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2500 years ago…

A golden gateway to vipassana meditation is the 10-day vipassana course taught by S N Goenka in hundreds of centres all over the world. It initiates you to the technique beautifully and launches you successfully into the orbit of self-awareness and self-purification.  

A human mind is often compared to a monkey – jumping all around. Vipassana is not just a technique to calm the mind or enhance concentration. It goes much beyond that. It purifies the mind of all impurities of craving, aversion and ego.

Goenka follows a scientifically structured three-dimensional approach taught to him by his Burmese Teacher Sayagyi U Ba Khin. The technique as practiced by Buddha was preserved and passed on from generation to generation in its pure form in the Dhamma land now known as Myanmar.

The first dimension refers to discipline and moral conduct. Known as ‘Sheela’, this lays a strong foundation for the practice. During the course, the students maintain noble silence which means no verbal or non-verbal communications of any kind, no gestures, no physical touch and eyes downcast. Nutritious and wholesome food is served for breakfast and lunch. There is evening tea and simple snacks. No dinner. Your day starts at 4 a.m. and before 10 p.m. all lights are off. You clean your own room and wash your plates. No intoxicants or smoking for the duration.

On paper, this may look difficult to observe. But I have seen youngsters in their twenties’ and thirties’, the middle-aged and the old, and men and women of different nationalities comply with the code of conduct without any difficulty. In fact, it feels good. You get a first-hand feel of a monk’s life!

The second dimension is about taming the monkey mind. It is called ‘samadhi’ or concentration. Initially, we start with focussing our attention on our natural breath as it is. Yes, it seems difficult in the beginning. The mind simply sets to wander. Instead of meditating, your mind gets lost in fantasies. You find it very difficult to bring it back. After two or three days, the wandering lessens and you are there more and more.

Once you start experiencing a bit of focus, you move on to vipassana – purification of the mind. It begins with simple observation of your sensations. Then, we go deeper and deeper. Depending on how hard and diligently you work during the course, your experiences may be different, at different levels – gross or subtle.

Don’t ever think you will attain Buddhahood in these ten days. You just get introduced to the technique. Thereafter, it’s your hard work. It may take years, even whole life, sometimes many births. Don’t expect to see some Divine light or experience a state of sweet bliss. The process of metamorphosis or purification may be painful indeed. Be ready!

The third dimension is ‘panya’ or wisdom. Through daily discourses in the evening, insights are given into the activities during the day and the philosophy behind it. Nuggets of pure dhamma gradually build-up right understanding. The morning chanting and dohas give you fodder for thought.

On the tenth day, we practice ‘metta’ bhavna meditation. We wish happiness, peace and harmony for all beings. All our cravings, aversion and ego start dissolving by now. We feel lighter, better, transformed – ready to tread on the path of Dhamma, filled with gratitude towards Buddha who understood the misery of mankind and devised a tool to eradicate it.

The ultimate learning and insight we develop: May all beings be happy! Bhavatu sabba mangalam!

Jagat Singh Bisht
Founder: LifeSkills
Happiness Coach & Laughter Yoga Master Trainer

+91 7389938255