For the first time, Lama Christie McNally has agreed to answer a few questions regarding her extraordinary life and her new book The Tibetan Book of Meditation. Each week we will be sharing her answers to some very direct questions.
3) How much of your life do you spend in meditation?
Starting from around 1996, I have pretty much meditated every single day for at least an hour a day. This is not counting other meditative practices such as mantras or reciting ritual texts. Then in 2000, I began my deep silent retreat of 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days. After I emerged from there, I made a commitment to do two 2-month deep retreats per year, which I have done steadily for the past 6 years, in-between our strenuous teaching schedule. And whenever I am not in deep retreat, still I try to get at least an hour of deep meditation per day.
Meditation is kind of like running in that way; you have to do it regularly, day by day, for it to have any kind of desired result. And, you have to keep exercising your mind daily, in order to maintain the results you have reached.
4) For you, what’s been the main benefit of meditation?
I became a person who can really help other people.
5) What did you set out to accomplish with The Tibetan Book of Meditation?
I wanted to bring meditation to the girl I used to be, in college, the one who was searching so desperately for answers, for a path. I am hoping that this book will find its way to all those out there who are still searching.