We invited Diamond Way teachers and friends who met the last great accomplishers in Tibet and have spent long time in meditation retreats themselves to share their experiences. The weekend’s all-pervading questions was: So what exactly are yogis?
Many people think of yogis as the renunciative practitioners in the lonely mountain caves of the Himalayas, spending their lifetime meditating in order to reach enlightenment. And of course they are yogis. Other people may think that yogis are people practicing all kinds of artistic yoga asanas – which is actually related to Hinduism, not Buddhism. Again other people may think one has to be a monk or a nun to be a real yogi.
Looking back at the many centuries of its history and then as well at Diamond Way Buddhism as it is practiced in the East and in the West today, the term yogi (skt. masc.) or yogini (skt. fem.) might be best defined by someone’s mindset, more than by his or her way of life. Since Buddha’s highest teachings are applicable and helpful in all life’s situations, it is possible to turn every minute of one’s daily life into intense practice of the dharma – be it by sitting in formal meditation or by practicing to apply the highest possible view, compassion and wisdom to one’s every thought, word and action while carrying on with the daily tasks and enjoying the challenges.
This is how lay Diamond Way Buddhism is practiced in our centers around the world – meditation, action and view in everyday life for the benefit of all beings!