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SHARING THE EIGHTFOLD PATH OF
MEDITATION WITH KIDS AND TEENAGERS

by
ANDREW SHUGYO DAIJO BONNICI, PH.D.

Applied Zen Meditation & Core Mindfulness Based Therapy
Zen Buddhist Priest & Minister of Faith

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SHARING THE EIGHTFOLD PATH OF
MEDITATION WITH KIDS AND TEENAGERS

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Andrew Shugyo Bonnici, Ph.D. February 4, 1998

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1) The Eightfold Path of Meditation Life Practice begins with True Meditation and returns to True Meditation like the spinning of a Wheel. When you sit down each morning in the body of meditation, you start the Wheel of Meditation spinning. Every time the Wheel comes back around to the point where it started, you give it another spin for another day. This turning Wheel of Meditation is also called the Wheel of Truth, the Wheel of Living Enlightenment, or the Wheel of the Daily Practice. We begin to make it turn, and continue to keep it turning, whenever we sit down in the body of meditation. This is why we begin each morning by sitting quietly alone and breathing. Breath by breath, we breathe in the air-energy of all life into the center of our belly. Practicing not moving, not doing, we just breath in and out quietly listening with all the cells of our body. Feeling deeply into our body and listening outside with all our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin, we become like a bright shining mirror that reflects things just as they are without naming them. As our heart and mind rest in the quiet stillness of True Meditation, we experience the Truth that our Only Moment Body and the Whole Universe is a Wonderful Peace and a Wise Silence, Just as It Is.

2) When we sit in True Meditation and just become our Body Breathing, we begin to have True Understanding that all Human Beings and all of Nature are One. We begin to understand that all human beings are very special like many different kind of flowers in a beautiful Garden World floating in Outer Space. When anyone sits alone and feels this True Understanding in their body, they are like a very special flower, like the only flower blooming in an infinite desert.

3) When we are willing to wait forever in True Meditation, letting our thoughts just come and go, we begin to realize that we are more than our thoughts and beliefs. This is called the understanding of True Thinking. When we are in True Thinking, our heart feels a deep respect, appreciation, and caring for all the different ways that people around the world think, feel, and believe. When we practice True Thinking, we always try to remember through our body that we are a deep Oneness Wisdom before any of our personal beliefs and before all the thoughts that we are thinking.

4) When we sit alone and just let our body breath in the silence of True Meditation, we begin to understand that the practice of True Speech includes being truthful, honest, simple, clear, and kind in how we talk to ourselves inside our mind and how we talk to others with our mouth. We practice True Speech by not gossiping, not talking behind other's backs, and by not saying things that put other people down so that we can feel big and important.

5) By sitting in the stillness body of True Meditation, we begin to understand the practice of True Action as behaving in a gentle, caring, and friendly way towards our self, other people, the things we use everyday, and all the creatures and plants of Nature.

6) By just breathing in and out and not doing anything in True Meditation we learn to practice True Livelihood by learning the best we can so that we can benefit our self and our community, and then grow up and make money in ways that do not hurt ourselves, other people, animals, the earth or all of Nature's delicate balance inside our body and everywhere around us.

7) By just doing True Meditation no matter how we feel, we learn True Effort as the practice of doing everything that needs to be done in our life with our whole body, heart, and mind 100%. When we practice True Effort, we learn that there are many things in our life that need to be done that we push away and many things that make us feel good momentarily that we constantly grasp at or try to hold on to. We learn that this constant pushing and this grasping creates a feeling of never being satisfied with our life, never being satisfied with what we have, and never being satisfied with who we are. This sometimes hidden feeling of constant dissatisfaction with our life and our self is called suffering. The suffering of dissatisfaction with life creates many voices in our mind. Sometimes we try to distract ourselves from these confusing voices and the hidden suffering by doing things that may not be healthy for us. The practice of True Effort is the practice of gradually seeing and quieting the voices in our mind and healing the suffering of dissatisfaction within ourselves by engaging mindfully and wholeheartedly in all the creative, playful, and responsible activities of our life, just as they present themselves to us.

8) When we sit in True Meditation, shining all our senses outward and breathing the energy of life into the center of our belly, we begin to understand what it means to really have True Wakefulness with our whole body. We begin to practice True Wakefulness in our daily life by always being curious and having a fresh attention to everything going on inside and outside our bodies. This way of True Wakefulness also means that we practice never taking anything or anyone for granted just because they are always there.

IF WE LIVE THIS EIGHTFOLD WAY OF True MEDITATION,
WE ARE TRULY LIVING THE WAY OF ENLIGHTENMENT:
THE WAY OF BEING BUDDHA IN THIS WORLD,
JUST AS WE ARE, JUST AS IT IS.

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