A concentrated mind is in the here and now, calm and peaceful. With such a mind you see things as they really are and gain insights that you cannot get out of books.
With this meditation system you develop numerous wholesome qualities such as patience, mindfulness, energy, perseverance and wisdom, and thus a more content and happy life.
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Don’t dwell on the past, don’t long for the future. The past is behind us, the future is yet to come. But that which is present in the here and now can be seen clearly. Here. Here.Buddha, MN 13
Samatha meditation on buddho is practiced by a diverse group of people. Although the core of our group is in the Netherlands, we now guide people from all over the world.
From India to the US, from Iceland to Hong Kong, men and women, young and old, scientist or artist, convinced Buddhist or still searching, everyone is welcome.
The basis of the practice lies in one’s own daily meditation at home. In addition, there is the possibility for those who feel the need to participate in monthly group meditations. Experience shows that this can be very motivating.
Personal conversations with Herman take place in Driebergen, but of course this can also partly take place by video call, phone or email.
Furthermore, twice a year we offer a one-week meditation retreat in the Netherlands, and it is possible, after consultation, to go for longer individual retreats to Ahba’s monastery in Northern Thailand.
This meditation method costs time and effort, no money. We teach meditation out of compassion with the world and with the full conviction that it can help others, just as it helps us.
The personal guidance, group meditations, group retreats in the Netherlands and the individual retreats in Ahba’s monastery in Northern Thailand are entirely on a donation basis.
Our mission is to enable people to live a moral, mindful and meaningful life, in the spirit of Theravāda Buddhism.
We believe that samatha meditation (concentration meditation) on buddho can offer a valuable contribution towards this goal.
Do you want to know more? Then read our goals.
For a person whose mind is concentrated, it is not necessary to think ‘may I know and see things as they really are’. It is the nature of things that a person whose mind is concentrated knows and sees things as they really are.Buddha, AN 11:1
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