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The 7-Point Posture of Vairocana

From the moment of conception until the moment of death, mind and body are inextricably linked. Were it possible to separate them (it isn’t), one could say that they constantly affect each other. Most people understand that mind affects body, as they see examples of this all day long. The moment people come into a room, their posture tells us whether they are feeling good, depressed, self-confident, afraid, tense and so forth – long before they say a word. But few people realise just how much body and breath can be used to help the mind. As meditation is concerned with taming and awakening the mind, posture can be mobilised to great use.

Although one can think, visualise, pray or do mental exercises in any position, there are few in which can remain healthily and comfortably for the time it takes to accomplish most meditations. The few that permit this (lying flat etc) often tend make one sleepy as the meditation brings relaxation. This is not what meditation is for. In a good meditation posture, relaxation becomes the basis for the crystal clarity of awakened awareness, not a sleepy haze.

Although it may be hard for beginners to get used to the classical Buddhist meditation postures, the rewards of a few sessions with aching knees are tremendous, as one can meditate in that good position for the rest of one’s life. Correct posture helps the mind find peace, strenght and control. It benefits the physical body by bringing its energies and bio-systems into balance. And one can spend all day in a clasical posture in a state of great harmony – virtually impossible in everyday positions. Below you will find the classical 7-Point Posture of Vairocana, […]

Buddhism For Beginners

Here at Dharma Junkie we have received several emails from people requesting advice on learning about Buddhism, therefore we decided to put together a page with some good books and teachings for people who are new to Buddha Dharma, these will also be useful for more experience practitioners but they are are great for beginners also. If there are any additions people would like to add please leave a comment or contact us.
The Tibetan Art Of Living And Dying – Sogyal Rinpoche

Old Path White Cloud – Thich Nhat Hahn

Freedom In Exile – H.H. 14 Dalai Lama

Art of  Happiness – H.H. 14 Dalai Lama

Buddhism for Beginners – Thubten Chodron

Zen Mind Begginers Mind -Suziki
Getting Unstuck – Pema Chodron

Om Ah Hum Meditation – Lama Yeshe

How to Find a Guru & Be a Student – Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

This is by no means an exaustive list of Buddhism for Beginners teachings, but it should help people who are looking to learn more about Buddhism


Friends Tibetan Restaurant

The main clientèle of this restaurant is the local Tibetan community, it provides good clean food at a good, best if you are on a budget.

Green Restaurant

Located just across from th museum , this is one of the better Indian restaurants in Sarnath. Though I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a garden restaurant, it does have open air seating, which is nice in summer. With good Indian food, the veg thali is a good value meal.

Vaishali Restaurant

My favourite restaurant in Sarnath with both Indian and continental choices, although the food in Sarnath isn’t amazing this restuarant provides decent food and isn’t very expensive.

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Gelug Monastery Guesthouse

This is defiantly a good option for the budget traveller, the rooms are rs250 and have three beds. there is no attached bathrooms but they are very clean. Same as the nunnery, simply turn up and hope they have a room

Orgyen Same Chohor Ling Guesthouse

This is a very nice Tibetan Nunnery with a small guest house. Rooms are cheap at only rs350 for a double with bathroom(no singles). All rooms are basic but very clean and roomy. I tried to get a phone number but it seems to be turn up and they will take it from there

Jains Paying Guesthouse

Dr Jain runs a very nice family guest house, the rooms are simple but clean and all have attached bathrooms. There is a nice communal area and rooftop. The owner and his family are extremely friendly and helpful. Every night there is a all you can eat indian vegiterian meal for guests and non guest alike, this is rs 100 extra. rooms are rs300 single and rs500 doublere rs150-200 single and 250-300 double.

Namo Buddha Guest House

My pick of the lower end guest houses, it is a small cozy little guest house run by a very friendly German lady. She bakes her own bread and makes jam which she sells. You can also get a nice breakfast there but that is not included in the price. rooms are rs150-200 single and 250-300 double. You can’t see the guest house from the road so you will need to find the sign first, and then follow the directions from there

Vajra Vidya Monastery Guesthouse

Has a mid price range guest house, with rooms for rs1200 a night for a double(single is the same price), this does include 3 meals. All rooms are nicely laid out and have attached bathrooms, for the mid range traveller this is probably the best in Sarnath