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Bringing the State of Non-distraction into Life

The ‘What Meditation Really Is’ series concludes with focusing entirely on integration: how to integrate meditation in action, so that practice and everyday life are no longer separate and presents a clear framework, tools and methods for doing this. These teachings on integration show how we can apply meditation to everything we encounter and everything we do.
Course 6- Bringing the State of Non-distraction into Life focuses on how to integrate meditation in action, so that practice and everyday life are no longer separate. Many contemporary Buddhist masters emphasize how important it is for students to find a healthy and even balance between meditation practice, relationships, family and work. These teachings on integration provide the key; showing how we can apply meditation to everything we encounter and everything we do—whenever and wherever we are, in every situation.

“I cannot say it strongly enough: to integrate meditation in action is the whole ground and point and purpose of meditation. The violence and stress, the challenges and distractions of modern life make this integration even more urgently necessary.
People complain to me, “I have meditated for twelve years, but somehow I haven’t changed. I am still the same. Why?” Because there is an abyss between their spiritual practice and their everyday life…
How, then, do we achieve this integration, this permeation of everyday life with the calm humor and spacious detachment of meditation? There is no substitute for regular practice, for only through real practice will we begin to taste unbrokenly the calm of our nature of mind and so be able to sustain the experience of it in our everyday life.”
-Sogyal Rinpoche
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Course 6- Bringing the State of Non-distraction into Life, presents a clear framework, tools and methods for doing this.