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Offline daniel44

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What is Meditation?
« on: March 09, 2015, 04:56:20 pm »
Hey I was wondering if someone could answer "what is meditation" for me e.g. What is the point of it, what is it used for, how does it fit in with your religion; thank you :)

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Re: What is Meditation?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2015, 11:10:10 pm »
What is meditation?

"Meditation is a word, and words are used in different ways by different speakers. This may seem like a trivial point, but it is not. It is quite important to distinguish exactly what a particular speaker means by the words he uses. Every culture on earth, for example, has produced some sort of mental practice which might be termed meditation. It all depends on how loose a definition you give to that word. Everybody does it, from Africans to Eskimos." (Ven. Henepola Gunaratana)

Buddhist meditation is a form of mental concentration that leads ultimately to enlightenment and spiritual freedom. Meditation occupies a central place in all forms of Buddhism, but has developed characteristic variations in different Buddhist traditions.

There are two main types of Buddhist meditation: vipassana (insight) and samatha (tranquility). The two are often combined or used one after the other (usually vipissana follows samatha). In China and Japan, an entire school of Buddhism developed around the practice of sitting meditation: Ch’an or Zen Buddhism.

The basic purpose of samatha or tranquility meditation is to still the mind and train it to concentrate. The object of concentration (kammatthana) is less important than the skill of concentration itself, and varies by individual and situation. One Pali texts lists 40 kammatthanas, which include:

devices (like color or light)
repulsive things (like a corpse)
recollections (such as sayings of the Buddha)
virtues (like loving-kindness)

More here:

http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/practices/meditation.htm

Also see:

http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/mindfulness_in_plain_english_5.php

https://thebuddhistcentre.com/text/what-meditation

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Re: What is Meditation?
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2015, 07:36:56 pm »
Thank you this was very helpful

 


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