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Offline ZenBeliever2

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Do you listen to music while meditating?
« on: April 03, 2017, 12:57:51 am »
Hi! ;)

I would like to talk with you about sounds and music. I started to meditate recently, but I'm wondering if it is better to listen to music while meditating. Do you listen to music?

I found out this livestream, where you can listen to different melodies every day and chat with people. What do you think about it? I encourage to try it too, and please tell me what is your opinion. For me it is a good method to relax and calm my mind.

https://www.youtube.com/c/ZenMeditationPlanet/live

This livestream is online every day from Monday to Friday.

Have a nice day :)

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Re: Do you listen to music while meditating?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 10:06:51 am »
Hi ZenBeliever2!

Pertaining the teaching of dependent origination. I would suggest trying to see the difference between ear-consciousness, feeling and craving/clinging/attaching to the sound as a meditative practice.

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Re: Do you listen to music while meditating?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 02:21:35 pm »
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I started to meditate recently, but I'm wondering if it is better to listen to music while meditating. Do you listen to music?

I don't, personally listen to music, while meditating.  My experience has been that the only time music is played during meditation is in various yoga formats, where the primary focus is stretching and postural exercises.  I have heard and experienced chanting, sometimes referred to as mantra meditation when briefly in the Tibetan Community.  I have never seen it done during Zen, or Theravada meditation sessions.  Others may have experience otherwise.  I will let them speak from their experience.
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Re: Do you listen to music while meditating?
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 05:11:02 pm »
Hi! ;)

I would like to talk with you about sounds and music. I started to meditate recently, but I'm wondering if it is better to listen to music while meditating. Do you listen to music?

I found out this livestream, where you can listen to different melodies every day and chat with people. What do you think about it? I encourage to try it too, and please tell me what is your opinion. For me it is a good method to relax and calm my mind.

https://www.youtube.com/c/ZenMeditationPlanet/live

This livestream is online every day from Monday to Friday.

Have a nice day :)

I don't like to practice to music.

I did have in interesting experience, you may find entertaining.  I was talking a Shambhala Training, Level 2 as I recall.  I was a warm day so they had a window to the shrine rooom open.  Outside on the street, someone had a Karaoke machine set up and passersby were using it.  Most of the people singing weren't very good.  In fact, most of them were pretty bad.  Downright awful.  It was really distracting, but it was also a good excercise in learning how to be present in your practice in the face of distraction.

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Re: Do you listen to music while meditating?
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2017, 01:22:12 am »
Thank you for you replies ;)

I'm interested in hearing more about this chanting - can someone tell some more about it here? Is this something like it:

https://goo.gl/wcWpNm ??

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Re: Do you listen to music while meditating?
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2017, 08:25:53 am »
Thank you for you replies ;)

I'm interested in hearing more about this chanting - can someone tell some more about it here? Is this something like it:

https://goo.gl/wcWpNm ??


"Chanting" as it's often referred to, is, as Ron points out, to be found in Tibetan traditions.

It can be Mantra recitation, such as "OM MANI PADME HUM".  More commonly, its part of a "Sadhana" practice, where a liturgy is recited.  This lituyrgy will contain mantras, but will also have visualizations, suplications and so on. This can be spoken, but is also recited with a melody.

This is where a mala is used.  It's used in a similar fashion to the Roman Catholic Rosary, or the Muslim Tasbih.  You use it to keep track of the number of recitation.  For example during Chenrezig practice you recite the mantra "OM MANI PADME HUM" a certain number of times.  108 recitations are the norm so a Mala often has 108 beads.

Here's a link to a Chenrezig (chen-rez-ee) practice used in the Shangpa Kagyu lineage:

http://www.kdk.org/images/chenrezig_sadhana.pdf

There are also pre and post meditation liturgies that are chanted.  I chant a lineage supplication and a short Vajrasatva practice before meditation and a long-life suplication for my Guru and a dedication of merit after.

 


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