SEEKING MEDITATION

What if you could elevate your career with meditation and mindfulness?


My search for finding spirituality with my career.

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I had struggled monetarily for the majority of my life. Over the years, the financial stress caused me to become bitter and blame external forces for my troubles. I couldn’t sit down and still my mind. When I began seeking and practicing mindfulness and meditation, I realized that work life and spiritual life are one and the same. I could find success in both. A career is an excellent way to gauge the type of spiritual energy that you are exuding, and attracting. Through Buddha’s practice of Right Livelihood, allowing your inner abundance to grow, directly shows itself in outer achievements.

Below are seven teachers who speak about applying Buddhist practices into the modern world to alleviate stress, learn to be selfless, and help you live a fruitful financial and spiritual life.


1) Buddha Dojo

buddhadojo.com

Samvara, who leads Buddha Dojo teaches Buddhism and Mysticsm for people living in the modern world. A key concept of the Buddha Dojo offering is something called Job Yoga, which is the teaching of union through one’s work. Samvara emphasizes practicing a strong attention to your work and how that can produce a strong and fruitful career as part of spiritual practice. Samvara and the Buddha Dojo offer specific teachings on the practice of impeccable actions of mindfulness and meditation, and how they can be applied to elevating your career both financially and spiritually.

Pros

  • Buddha Dojo is online and international.
  • Core areas of focus are mindfulness and meditation, which additional offerings of career focus, mentorship, martial arts, SCUBA, and Karma Yoga opportunities.
  • Has free classes as well as business and master class tracks for those interested in moving ahead in career and other spiritual endeavors.
  • American Buddhism Focused for the Western World.

Cons

  • May not be appropriate for those looking for classical Buddhist teachings.

2) Gangaji

gangaji.org

Gangaji teaches that much of our suffering comes from our searching and running from being humbled. To search you have to be somebody searching for something. When you search you are always looking outside of yourself for the thing that will bring you peace. When you are “somebody” you fight bad experiences and struggle for good experiences. However when you experience a deeper surrender and allow yourself to become “no-body” then you allow the humbling and stop begging for what you think you lack.

Pros

  • Affordable courses with membership
  • Offers retreats

Cons

  • Doesn't offer specific teachings on career and right livelihood.


3) Sadhguru

sadhguru.org

When Sadhguru speaks of work he says, “Your work has to be lived, and your life has to be worked at. There is no such thing as work and life, it is life and life.” Everything you do should be to enhance your own nature, because your inner situation will directly affect or hinder the external situation you want to create. If you focus on harnessing your own inner energies, then you will find yourself and learn to create your internal situations to greatly enhance your external success.

Pros

  • International Ashrams and centers.
  • Many options for learning.
  • Online Satsang.

Cons

  • May not be best for someone who prefers to follow practical steps.
  • Very large organization. Difficult to know where to start.


4) Eckhart Tolle

eckharttolle.com

Eckhart Tolle teaches that an important step in finding happiness with your job is first by always being in the present moment, and that by enjoying the present moment you will create an energy shift which opens you to life helping you to align your outer purpose with your inner purpose. Tolle focuses on “Three Modalities of Doing.” Acceptance, enjoyment and enthusiasm. To work consciously and sanely, you should be in at least one of these three modalities and if not, you will be in dysfunction and should remove yourself from that job or career and try to find your inner purpose.

Pros

  • Several books, videos and audio recordings to learn from.
  • Teaches very simply and easy to understand.

Cons

  • No available Sangha or community forces you to learn mostly on your own.
  • Tickets for events and retreats are expensive.
  • May not be best for someone who prefers to follow practical steps.

5) Jon Kabat-Zinn

mindfulleader.org

Jon Kabat-Zinn is a professor of medicine who studied Zen Buddhism and developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an 8-week course designed to assist people with stress, anxiety and depression. Kabat-Zinn teaches that mindfulness is a love affair with life, and not just something you need to squeeze into your schedule. By cultivating moment-to-moment nonjudgmental awareness, you begin to embrace an awareness of the actuality of your experience and accept the good as well as the bad. Through the practice of meditation and mindfulness you can reveal a sense of deeper awareness, turning everything in one’s life into an adventure in living rather than just a chore or something that one has to do.

Pros

  • Easily accessible 8 week course with sliding scale and payment plans.
  • Several books written to learn from.

Cons

  • No available sangha or community to continue practice.

6) Tsultrim Allione

taramandala.org

One of the first American women ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1970, Lama Tsultrim Allione teaches that the ego is always working to establish itself as a stronghold of safety against things in this life which makes us feel insecure. The ego rejects change, so to find freedom, take refuge in the truth of impermanence. Experience life through compassionate selflessness, seeing all people as Buddhas.

Pros

  • Has both a retreat center as well as online classes.

Cons

  • No focus on career path

7) Adyashanti

opengatesangha.org

Adyashanti teaches that in order to be successful you must be open to being a beneficial presence in the world. To achieve this, he teaches that you must first clarify your aspirations, then practice unconditional follow through. He continues that you must practice absolute sincerity, be a steward of your own life and never abdicate your authority to someone else. Through these foundational principles you can clearly see what you are compelled toward and work without trying to gain an egoic advantage in life.

Pros

  • Several books, videos and audio recordings to learn from.
  • Offers retreats and online classes

Cons

  • Doesn't offer specific teachings on career and right livelihood.

CONCLUSION

From all of my research and inquiry with these different lineages, Buddha Dojo is at the top of the list for those looking to use their career as a vehicle for spiritual practice. Samvara offers teachings that aid in creating right livelihood in the western world.

About

Alan Smithee is a martial artists and surfer who discovered meditation by accident. When his Kung Fu instructor began having him meditate after each class, he immediatly fell in love. He started to practice Buddhist teachings and instantly noticed an improvment in both his martial arts and his life overall. Studying the Buddhist path has helped him become joyful and prosperous in his everyday life. He now works to help people who struggle to find happiness and clarity in their own life.