The Art Of Buddhist Meditation

Article by Sandra M Markcrow

The objective of Buddhist Meditation is to remove from our minds our desires and cravings. To seek the truth, not just from an intellectual point of view but to pursue a holistic concept of life and death. To remove the veil of delusion and ignorance thus allowing us to truly see the nature of all things. The experience of having incredible visions, seeing spectacular light shows or feeling ecstasy during the meditation is considered common by Buddhist meditators. It is not the object of the meditation and should not be considered as being the outcome of a successful meditation session.

Buddhist’s incorporate meditative states in all aspects of their lives. One can meditate by observing how his or her body moves during the day or observe how our mood changes from one moment to the next. Buddhist meditation is the act of mindfulness, paying attention to our subtle natures, being an observer. Looking at ourselves from one moment to the next from an objective point of view without being critical. By practicing daily mindfulness, we come to understand the true nature of ourselves.

Practicing mindfulness, one comes to realize that often our states of being are not due to internal bodily functions but are affected by external influences. The external factors should be considered as existing as a stand alone phenomena of their own, separate to our true identity. By practicing mindfulness of our bodies and mind, we begin to break down the illusion of ourselves and come to understand the true nature of the self. By paying attention, we begin to break the cycle of desire and craving also.

Man is judged by his actions. Our selfishness and egotistic natures play a major role in how we are identified by others and how we interact with our environments. By practicing mindful meditation, observing our actions with others and our environments, we begin to breakdown the vicious cycle of selfishness and egotism. Buddhist Meditation is being attentive in all our daily interactions.

Our min ds are often scattered. We move from one thought to the next, often very quickly. By practicing mindfulness, observing your nature increases your ability to concentrate and stay attentive to the given situation you may be facing. With practice, you become a master of your own mind rather than a mind that seems to often work independently of ourselves. The untrained mind could be considered as being a wild animal, just waiting for you to tame it.

Learning to stay detached from any given situation is liberating for the mind. You no longer have expectations of outcomes. You feel the same about life and death, success and failure, praise or blame. There is no fear associated with any of these aspects of life. The feeling about each is neutral. Mindfulness teaches that everything has cause and effect. In Buddhism, it is called Karma and through meditation we can be observers of this cycle. Much is learnt by observing our thought patterns and positive change is possible.

Buddhist meditation in conclusion is the art of observing your mind and body and hence coming to understand the true nature of the self and the true nature of life. Practicing this discipline you will become a master of your own mind and with much practice, release yourself from the cycle of karma. You do not need to sit quietly to practice Buddhist meditation. It is the act of observing your actions, moods and reactions as you participate in your daily life. It is meditation in motion.

About the Author

I have been meditating for 20 years and have learnt many techniques for achieving the greatest success in your meditation journey.If you would like to learn more about Meditation techniques, aids to meditation and share in my knowledge and experience. Please visit my blog at http://astralflyer-zenmeditation.blogspot.com/

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Buddhist Meditation

Article by Jane Michael

While most religions in the world have some form of meditation as a core practice (be it Christian monasticism or Islamic daily prayer), none have made it so central a tenet as Buddhism has. As such, there are many variations in the practice and goals of meditation within Buddhism. This article therefore is necessarily an overview and brief introduction to the wide range of Buddhist meditation.

Buddhism has taught meditation to its adherents since the 5th century BC. Gautama Buddha (or simply “the Buddha”, meaning “he who has achieved enlightenment”), the founder of the religion and its supreme teacher sought escape from this world and found it in meditation. Since then, this has been passed on to his followers.

Broadly speaking, Buddhist meditation has as its goal the achievement of a deeper state of relaxation, or a heightened sense of awareness, a knowledge of the true nature of things. Ultimately, all meditation is seen as the path to enlightenment (a state in which a person is freed from all delusions about the world) and nirvana(a similar state, where one is free from greed and hate). Buddhism teaches that the root of all suffering and pain in the world is ignorance combined with greed and desire. On reaching nirvana, the soul is freed from all suffering, and indeed from the very cycle of rebirth.

Techniques for meditation vary between different schools of thought – for example, there are hundreds of traditional methods of achieving mindfulness (a state of mind in which you are strongly aware of the present moment and distant from your own thoughts) and there are thousands of mental visualisations used in meditation. Different forms of meditation are designed to develop different desirable characteristics: concentration, loving-kindness, compassion, wisdom, freedom and so forth. Many techniques are common however, such as a focus on breathing as a means to reach tranquility and awareness. This method, known as Anapanasati has been recommended as a method by itself to reach nirvana .

This technique usually involves sitting comfortably, back straight and with no difficulty breathing. The meditator breathes normally, observing their breaths and simply becoming aware of them. No attempt is made to regulate, simply to observe and become aware of the body and its functioning. Meanwhile the meditator is trained to focus on eliminating thought. To an untrained meditator, thoughts will constantly break the calm of meditation, but with practise, true mental tranquility can be achieved. While this simplifies, the ultimate goal is to eliminate thought and clear the mind through a series of stages to reach nirvana.

The philosophy of Buddhist meditation is therefore one of liberation – the teaching that man can escape from his self-imposed suffering through awareness of his surroundings and focusing his thoughts. Buddha sought to escape from old age, illness and death, and provided, through meditation, a prescription to his followers, an exhortation to follow him and hope to achieve his fate. Through clearing the mind of infirmities such as greed and hate, meditation seeks to heal the body of its infirmities.

About the Author

Jane Michael is the head writer at the Center for Meditation. Meditation is her practice and her passion. Buddhist meditation is a great way to start your meditation practice.

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The Real Essence of Buddhist Meditation

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Guide to Buddhist Meditation

Article by Rasmus Lindgren

When seeking a top quality Guide to Buddhist Meditation, you should be looking for far more than a good read; an interesting book that may give you a few helpful pointers regarding the finer points of meditative theory and practice.For while the market is flooded with a wide variety of yoga and meditation books, a true Buddhist meditation guide will offer far more than suggestions for positions and techniques, and outline much more than just the expected benefits of the meditative practice.Indeed, a good guide to Buddhist meditation will be just that; a comprehensive yet easy to read primer that will tell you everything you need to know, about everything from theories to positions to innovations in this area. And this volume of facts and theories should inform you, not only about meditation, but about the integrated and complex school of Buddhist thought that lies behind it.This will not be a cheap pop culture text that defines a popular fad; and unfortunately, in the eyes of some, meditation has become a fad. No, a true Buddhist meditation guide will give you a basic working history of Buddhism, with all its theories, leaders, meanings and benefits. The book will approach this subject from a variety of angles, giving you a quick but needed education in the time-honored discipline of Buddhist meditation.You will learn all about the deep sense of peace and enlightenment available through the Buddhist lifestyle. You will learn how to purify and sanctify your life, and how to integrate the precepts of Buddhism into your everyday existence. Most of all, you will learn how to meditate in a way that is, not only relaxing, but truly fulfilling and enlightening. Far from just taking up a new hobby, you just may be inspired to adopt a whole new way of life.Essentially, a good Buddhist meditation guide will not be a general listing of positions and techniques. The book instead will be a trusted friend that will guide you on your journey to meditative success, outlining any problems or challenges you may fa ce along the way; and providing you with enough power and inspiration, not only to overcome these challenges, but to thrive in their wake. Ultimately, you will master the art of meditation. Perhaps one day you will become an instructor, a master, or even a monk; and someday, you may even write your own Buddhist meditation book.By the time you finish a good Guide to Buddhist Meditation, you will know about far more than the basic techniques, theories and practices of meditation. You will be awakened to a whole new, wonderful world: the timeless and divine world of Buddhism.

About the Author

Rasmus Lindgren has practiced meditation for several years and has created a free course in Guide to Buddhist Meditation targeted at beginners. He is also author of the ebook Buddhist Meditation targetted at beginners.

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Buddhist Meditation Books

Article by Rasmus Lindgren

Meditation is a complex, integrated process that requires a great deal of advance preparation; and in learning the ideal positions and techniques that are right for you, it may be helpful to consult some top quality Buddhist meditation books.True, a book can’t tell you exactly why you should meditate; the reasons that you adapt this time-honored practice should come from deep within your heart, and be related directly to your quest for personal and spiritual enlightenment.In addition, a book won’t tell you just how you should meditate. The precise positions and techniques that you choose will depend on your personal comfort level; and, even more important, on just what you want to achieve as a meditator.So why, then, should you lay down your hard-earned cash on a meditation book? To put it simply, a book of this sort can be your best friend when you first start to meditate. It can tell you what to expect from the meditation experience, the history and theory of Buddhism, and the best ways to sit, think, dress, and even eat in preparation for this process.A Buddhist meditation book also can serve to psych you up for meditation, inspiring and encouraging you along your path of enlightenment. A really good book might even take the place of an instructor or group session; and, unlike a class, you can pick up and put down a meditation book anytime, in accordance with your schedule and personal needs.When choosing a Buddhist meditation book, be sure to research the author of any text that you consider. You may wish to buy a book written by a monk or a longtime instructor; or you may select a text written by a newcomer to the meditation field, in order to get a fresh perspective on the practice of meditation.Make sure also that the book is written using language and terms that you understand; for no matter how beautifully a book is composed or illustrated, its copy will be of little use to one who doesn’t understand it. Of course, as time goes on and your experience grows, you may wish to advance to mor e sophis ticated books with more difficult language.You might also choose a book that has helpful illustrations to guide your way. Sometimes a picture says a thousand words; and an in-depth illustration of meditative positions can be replicated and duplicated to suit your needs.Buddhist meditation books just may be the ultimate resource for today’s meditator, whether he/she is embarking on their meditative journey or seeking to refine their skills in this area. Why wait to try an experience that just may change your life? Check out some good Buddhist meditation books today.

About the Author

Rasmus Lindgren has practiced meditation for several years. You can read more about Buddhist Meditation books on his website. He has also created a free course in Buddhist Meditation targeted at beginners.