Meditation and Buddhism – An Introduction to How Buddhism Relates with Meditation

Article by Amy C.

Meditation is the self-employed practice of relaxing the body and calming the mind by reflecting deeply on a subject. Some of its core health benefits are that maintains ideal blood pressure, and relives stress and tension. Buddhists meditate using different kinds of meditation techniques to develop mindfulness and concentration that transform their quality of life.

There is no magic, no mysteries or any stimulant used in Buddhism meditation. It is self reliant and deals only with the reality of everyday life and human conscience. The condition of life where a person is in serves as the reason for meditation and does not need any special instrument. It does not also involve any rites or cult rituals. It only requires the commitment and desire to feel the need for enlightenment.

Why do Buddhists Meditate?

While meditation is a popular way of getting relaxed and providing the good feeling; there are some definite reasons and objectives for meditation.

Buddhists meditate to focus on the following:

– Nibbana- The End of Suffering- The Realization of Positive Feelings- Non-attachment- Insight- Concentration

Here’s the brief explanation of each and every aspect of Buddhist Meditation.

1.) Nibbana- Is considered the highest level of mental clarity. It is the destruction and extinction of all sufferings. It is only experienced by those who have reached the ultimate maturity, both morally and psychologically.

2.) The End of Suffering- Giving up and abandonment of greed, hatred, delusion, anger and other negative feelings which are the source of suffering. Gaining experience and understanding will get one out of discomfort brought about by anger.

3.) The Realization of Positive Feelings – Love, compassion, mental purity, composure and happiness are being enhanced through bringing joy to other people. This provides meaningful, wholesome and fulfilling experiences and eliminates the foundation for anger.

4.) Non-attachment promotes freedom from want ing and desire for bodily gratification. The passion for pleasures makes one a slave. The psychological freedom means non-attachment and composure.

5.) Insight- Buddhist meditation involves two meanings for insight. Vipassana- which means awareness of the dharma. Impermanence- meaning everything changes and does not remain the same. Nothing in creation is permanent, all things are temporary therefore sorrows and suffering always exist.

6.) Concentration- Building the ability to focus on a subject while ignoring the surrounding for a period of time to overcome the mind’s ordinary ways of diverting from one subject to another. Concentration is an early goal of meditation for Buddhist.

Don’t be surprised if only a small fraction of Buddhist followers practice meditation regularly, because it depends on their free will on when to meditate. It may be now or later.

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Amy C. enjoys exploring the spiritual arenas – She invites you to add serenity and peace to your life by adding a beautiful Bamboo Water fountain to your home or office. Amy C. is a tabletop fountain artist and enjoy crafting aesthetic and relaxing tabletop fountains

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