Meditation is one of the fundamental practices of Buddhism. The different schools of Buddhism teach different methods of meditation.
The form of meditation taught at Wat Phra Dhammakaya is called Dhammakaya Meditation and was taught by Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni. He suggested visualising a crystal-clear sphere and repeating a mantra silently in the mind. The application of these two practices will lead to mindfulness. However, they must be done while relaxed, because mindfulness should progress together with relaxation from the beginning to the end. Both most be done while keeping the mind cheerful, clean, clear, joyful and calm, in order to elevate mental purity.
How to Meditate
Start by sitting cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, placing your right leg over your left leg, right hand on the left hand, with the right index finger touching the left thumb and your hands comfortably on your lap, palms upward. If you find this position uncomfortable, you can adopt a different position or sit on a chair.
Gently close your eyes as though you were falling asleep. Do not squeeze your eyes shut or press your eyelids. Adjust your sitting posture until your blood and breath can circulate at ease. This will prevent you from suffering muscular discomfort. Balance your sitting posture until you feel light or comfortable.
Now imagine that there are two threads running through your abdomen. The first stretches from your navel to your back, while he second stretches from the right side of the waist to the left. The crossing point of these two threads is called the sixth base of the mind. Two finger-widths above this point is the seventh base of the mind (see diagram below), also known as the centre of the body.
We need to concentrate our mind at the seventh base of the mind. To do this, visualise a clean and pure image as the object of meditation. Visualise the image of a clear crystal sphere or a midday sun floating gently of its own accord at the centre of the body and focus the mind at the middle of this image. Visualise gently and relaxingly. At the same time, reapeat the mantra 'Samma Arahang', or 'clear and bright' in your mind, imagining that the sound is coming from the centre of the bright object.
If we practice both mental activities continually, our mind will soon become still. With the proper mental unification, the mantra repetition will fade away from the mind and there will be only the bright object at the centre of the body, along with inner awareness. Once the mind becomes still, continue to visualise the image. Once you reach the right state, you will attain meditation experiences along with peace and joy.
Here is a video of Luang Phor Dhammajayo leading a guided Dhammakaya meditation in English.
Here is a slightly different guided Dhammakaya meditation, progressing through all seven bases of the mind