Meditation Power

Release the power of your subconscious mind

Buddhist Meditation

Written By: admin - Sep• 05•12

Buddhist meditation requires a strong discipline, commitment, and a will to block out all the distractions of everyday life. When the person is totally and utterly at peace form their surroundings nirvana can be achieved. Buddhists have practiced meditation for centuries to reach a higher being and learn the true meaning of life by sacrificing from oneself from material objects. Buddhists believe desire causes pain and suffering, so no desire and the will not to pursue material goods, enlightenment can be achieved. With meditation, this can be used as a “distraction” from the material and to stay purified.
There are two central kinds of Buddhist meditation which are Tranquility or Samantha meditation and Insight or Vispassana meditation.

Tranquility or Samantha meditation

The goal of tranquility or Samantha is to focus the mind and train it to concentrate. There are four stages to Samantha meditation which include detachment from the outside world, concentration, joy, and equanimity. Samantha can also be broken into forty different types of kammatthanas which a person should choose of his own inclination. Virtues like kindness, devices like light or colors, grotesque things like a dead body, and recollections like sayings of Buddha are just a few of the forty.

Insight or Vispassana meditation

Insight or Vispassana meditation goal is to focus on the Buddhists truths, to reflect inside. Unlike tranquility meditation which focuses on concentration, insight meditation focuses on mindfulness. Mindfulness is trying to understand the object and learn its meaning not just to focus on it. If one focuses on a pencil, focus on what the purpose and meaning is of the pencil, what is it made of, and why does it exist. There are also different stages of insight meditation which are walking and sitting meditation.

Walking meditation takes a very strong discipline to achieve. The practitioner must focus and relax in a quite place blocking out the surroundings and focusing on the movements of the walking. If one can achieve this and focus on nothing but the walking a blissfulness can occur.

Sitting meditation is more commonly practiced. Breathing is the central focus of the sitting meditation. Everything else should be out of ones mind and the focus is directly on the breathing, from in and out and again and again.

The goal here is to be applied to everyday life. Live in the moment and not think about the past or future when doing a specific task. When cooking focus on the cooking, when eating focus on the eating and enjoy the food, when sleeping focus on the sleeping and enjoy the sleep. Buddhist mediation is meant to enrich and enhance lives and to have a better understanding of the world we live in. Anyone can practice meditation, not just a Buddhist. Buddhist meditation is a form to find inner peace with oneself. While the average man may not find total nirvana and spiritual peace, meditation still provide a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in every day life.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Buddhist meditation?
    Anyone practicing Buddhist meditation around?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

      There are many types of Buddhist meditation techniques. Some are as simple as counting the breath. Others involve the visualization of complex imagery. Other techniques involve chanting or the use of mantras.

      The Buddha taught many different meditation techniques because there are many different kinds of people. What's most important in meditation is to find a tradition and settle into the practice technique of that tradition.

      When we do this, our lives transform. We become generous, wise, compassionate and creative. Given the tragic shortage of these qualities in the world, nothing could be more important.

  2. QUESTION:
    What Buddhist meditation should I start out with?
    I want to start Buddhist meditation. Should I start out with mindfulness meditation? What are the exact steps in doing it?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd recommend trying out Falun Gong and compare to the other method.

      Meditation in the Falun Gong has many benefits from good health to inner peace to enlightenment. The practice consists of meditation, reading scripture, karma transformation, moral character improvement, and spiritual development.

      The mediation mechanism is well explained in the 'China Falun Gong' book. The effects and advantages are discussed in details in the Zhuan Falun Lecture. Both books and meditation demonstration video are free to download from the URL listed below. If you need any help, contact a local practitioner in your area for free instructions.

      Falun Gong was found in 1992 by Master Li Hongzhi in China. About 100 million followers like the practice in over 80 countries worldwide. Falun Gong is an ancient practice for the body, mind, and spirit based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises.

      Falun Gong, Tibetans, other Buddhists, and Daoists have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China. Can you kindly sign a petition to stop persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, please ?
      http://cipfg.org/en/news/petition.html

  3. QUESTION:
    Buddhist Meditation?
    I read and article in time a while back about how monks meditate while focusing on certain emotions. If I was to try this style of meditation, what things should I focus on or block out? I ultimately want to learn to open my chakras and all that. Thx!

    • ANSWER:
      Buddhist meditation encompasses a variety of meditation techniques that develop mindfulness, concentration, tranquility and insight. Core meditation techniques are preserved in ancient Buddhist texts and have proliferated and diversified through the millennia of teacher-student transmissions.

      Non-Buddhists use these techniques for the pursuit of physical and mental health as well as for non-Buddhist spiritual aims.[1] Buddhists pursue meditation to achieve Enlightenment and Nirvana.

      The closest words for meditation in the classical languages of Buddhism are bhāvanā and jhāna (Pāli; Skt.: dhyāna).

      Given the large number and diversity of traditional Buddhist meditation practices, this article primarily identifies authoritative contextual frameworks – both contemporary and canonical – for the variety of practices. For those seeking school-specific meditation instruction, it might be most expedient to simply review articles listed in the "See also" section below.

      Types of Buddhist meditation
      ======================
      There are many types and forms of meditation used in the various schools of Buddhism. For example, in the Theravada tradition alone, there are over fifty methods for developing mindfulness and forty for developing concentration, while the Tibetan tradition has thousands of visualization meditations.
      Most classical and contemporary Buddhist meditation guides are school specific. Only a few teachers attempt to synthesize, crystallize and categorize practices from multiple Buddhist traditions.
      Kamalashila's "Five Basic Methods"
      ===========================
      Western Buddhist Order meditation teacher Kamalashila identifies "Five Basic Methods" as "a traditional set of meditations, each one an antidote to one of the five principal obstructions to Enlightenment.

      Kamalashila's Five Basic Methods are:
      (1) Mindfulness of Breathing
      (2) Metta Bhavana (including all four Brahma-viharas)
      (3) Contemplation of Impermanence, including:
      •contemplation of a decomposing corpse
      •reflection on death (see, for example, Upajjhatthana Sutta)
      •reflection on the Tibetan Book of the Dead's "Root Verses"
      •contemplations of mental states and external objects
      (4) Six Element Practice (earth, water, fire, air, space, "consciousness")
      (5) Contemplation of Conditionality
      In addition, he discusses three other meditations as "among the most important" not identified above:
      •Visualization, including:
      •visualizations of Bodhisattvas (see, for instance, Tara)
      •kasina meditations
      •recollection of the Buddha
      •visualization of the Six-Element Stupa
      •Just Sitting (see Shikantaza)
      •Walking Meditation

  4. QUESTION:
    What happens in a basic buddhist meditation?
    I am doing a project and I would like to know what happens in basic a buddhist meditation?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many different Buddhist traditions and each tradition teaches meditation in its own way, with its own unique emphasis.

      That said, most Buddhist meditation techniques bring the practitioner into awareness of what is actually happening in the mind from moment to moment.

      Some traditions ask practitioners to follow or count the breath (inhalations and exhalations). This helps calm the mind so that the practitioner can see thoughts arise and fall away.

      Other traditions ask students to label or name the contents of the mind ("thinking of dinner" "back pain" "worrying about email"). Again, this helps the student see how the mind takes us away from attention to the moment.

      Other traditions use imagery of people, objects, events, or colors to train the mind. As thoughts and feelings intrude into this imagery, students become more aware of how the mind functions.

      No matter which technique is used (and there are many other techniques), students ultimately become familiar with their own minds and can see how the mind produces suffering. This familiarity helps practitioners let go of suffering and move into a state of ease and joy.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is hindu mediation like, and is it very different from Buddhist meditation?
    Buddhist meditation is based on anatta (no-self, that there's no such thing as a real 'you', which rules out the possibility of having a soul), anicca (nothing is permanent, which rules out the existence of an eternal god), and dhukkha (nothing is permanently satisfactory, except nirvana).

    Is this in conflict with hinduism? What do hindus meditate on?

    • ANSWER:
      Bg 8.8 P Attaining the Supreme
      In this verse Lord Krsna stresses the importance of remembering Him. One's memory of Krsna is revived by chanting the maha-mantra, Hare Krsna. By this practice of chanting and hearing the sound vibration of the Supreme Lord, one's ear, tongue and mind are engaged. This mystic meditation is very easy to practice, and it helps one attain the Supreme Lord.

      SB 3.15.25 P Description of the Kingdom of God
      The actual fact is that the Lord is nondifferent from His name. The highest realization of spiritual value is to chant the holy name of God, as prescribed for the age--Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

      SB 4.8.57 P Dhruva Maharaja Leaves Home for the Forest
      Narada advises Dhruva to meditate on the pastimes of the Lord, which is as good as the meditation of concentrating one's mind on the form of the Lord. As meditation on any form of the Lord is valuable, so is chanting of different names of the Lord, such as Hari, Govinda and Narayana. But in this age we are especially advised to chant the Hare Krsna mantra as enunciated in the sastra: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

      SB 4.21.42 P Instructions by Maharaja Prthu
      In our Krsna consciousness movement, we accept this principle by rejecting four prohibited items--namely illicit sex life, intoxication, gambling and flesh-eating--and accepting the daily chanting of at least sixteen rounds of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra and daily meditation three times a day by chanting the Gayatri mantra. In this way one can keep his brahminical culture and spiritual strength intact. By following these principles of devotional service strictly, chanting twenty-four hours a day the maha-mantra--Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare--one makes positive progress in spiritual life and ultimately becomes completely fit to see the Supreme Personality of Godhead face to face.

      "We request you to chant HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA, KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE, HARE RAMA HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA HARE HARE, and your life will be sublime."

  6. QUESTION:
    When is the right time for someone to begin Buddhist meditation and prostrations?
    I'm learning about Buddhism and I was wondering when is a good time for me to begin prostrations and meditation?
    also, what is the significance in Buddhist prostration?

    • ANSWER:
      At about 4:30 am.
      Prostration is a sign of submission.
      Obviously there are no invisible sky critters you're submitting to.
      Be careful who-what you DO submit to.

      The Buddha's Kalama Sutra

      Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
      Do not believe in traditions simply because they have been handed down for many generations.
      Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
      Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
      Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
      But when, after observation and analysis, you find anything that agrees with reason, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
      ~

  7. QUESTION:
    What would you put in your garden if you had to make a buddhist garden which would be used for meditation?
    I have to make a buddhist meditation garden. I have to write the beliefs of buddhists.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a garden gnome who spends his time sitting on a rock smoking his pipe in the middle of a flower garden. This is working out very well for him and for me.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is Buddhist meditation in contradiction to Catholic faith?
    And just to be honest, I'm gonna keep doing it even if you all say it is. Buddhist meditation has been scientifically shown to be very helpful mentally and physically, and it brings one great mental calm and inner peace. I don't see why using this technique for the benefit of yourself and others would be against God's will. I mean the fact is, some aspects of Buddhism are provable psychological statements, and not theological in nature.

    • ANSWER:
      http://mydeepmeditation.com/meditation/guided-meditation/catholic-guided-meditation/

      In order to fight depression, fear, and uncertainty in our lives as Catholics, guided meditation can play a major and effective role. Catholic guided meditation has several primary goals: Experiencing a deeper, more fulfilled understanding of God’s presence through guided procedures in conjunction with disciplined and purposeful reflection.

      Meditation, for Christians in general and Catholics in particular, is viewed as a special method of praying. Prayer simply brings one’s mind, soul, and spirit to God’s presence–to God Almighty himself. In prayer, words express thoughts out loud or silently, but meditation, instead of using thoughts, uses imagination.

      To clarify, in general parlance, meditation is described as a mental discipline of setting the mind to its deeper state of relaxation, such as the eastern religions, describing meditation as involving not thinking about things and exercising emptiness of the mind. Catholic meditation, however, is a very active mental activity-a type of prayer where the participant strives to reach the very roots and depths of God’s message to humanity. This means the best meditation will be based on The Holy Scripture and texts written when inspired by the Holy Bible.

      Guided meditation takes a step further as it allows the thoughts and imagination step into a deep relaxed state by the means of purposeful reflection. For example, a six–part inspiration could be prepared each week containing a subject, one or two Bible verses and meditation over those particular verses. The guide is the subject or thoughts of that meditation. Here God’s help is received through the guided reflections, which, in turn, help us receive long–sought answers to our prayers.

      Finally, as with any serious spiritual activity in life, guided meditation requires disciplined time. While regular prayer and Catholic Spoken Meditation can be done while on the go. Catholic guided meditation requires a special time; far from all the noise, bustle, and people choosing the early morning hours, especially if you live in a large family or with small children, in order to enjoy tranquillity and comfort. In order to keep your mind clear, fresh and alert–wherever thoughts can simply flow. Taking time to prepare a room for meditation could boost your experience. Although using the church is a good idea, meditation is likely best achieved at home.

      The primary goals of Catholic Guided Meditation are as follows:

      Experiencing a deep presence of God through guided procedures.

      Gaining a better understanding of God through disciplined reflection.

      Gaining a deeper understanding of God’s truths.

      To get the most from catholic meditation, check Meditation Program, that our visitors have rated as most helpful meditation material online.

      Developing our spiritual life through constant purposeful refection.

      Growing our faith through guided reflection procedures.

      Bringing full divine peace to our life.

      Developing spiritual life brings full divine peace. Guided meditation provides an experience that is more fulfilling, and deeper in accomplishing an understanding of God’s presence due to disciplined and purposeful reflection similar to that described above. Take another step in your spiritual journey. Draw close to God. He will draw close to you.

      edit

      @Aleria is perfectly correct
      Buddhas are worshiped So to are Bodhisattva's [ see link ]
      Tibetan "Buddhism" is wholly satanic with it's rituals iconography mudras etc

  9. QUESTION:
    How much should I donate to a Buddhist meditation center if someone will perfomr the ceremony?
    My fiance and I want to get this woman who can marry people at a Buddhist meditation center. They said it is by donation. We don't attend the center nor are we buddhist, but we would like a spiritual wedding with buddhist elements. We don't know anybody from there, especially the one who will marry us. How much should we donate for doing the ceremony at a separate (but not faraway) location?

    • ANSWER:
      Generally, the donation to an officiant is around 0-200.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I create a Buddhist meditation room?
    I want to know the items to have in my room as well as what I should pain the walls, Buddhist ritual items, and Buddhist symbols. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Good evening Andrew G.

      Setting up a meditation room depends somewhat upon the tradition of Buddhism. Tibetan shrines tend to be more complicated than Zen (Ch'an). An image of the Buddha is the main focal point in either case. Zen altars contain four additional elements: a candle on the right hand side (representing the illumination of wisdom), fresh cut flowers on the left had side (signifying impermanence), a bowl of rice or sand for incense in front of the altar (purity), and a half full bowl of water between the incense cup and Buddha (see http://www.dharma.net/monstore/article.php?article=creatingaltar&articleid=13&catPath=21_22 ).

      Tibetan Buddhist altars are more complicated. Besides the statue of the Buddha is a scripture (for example the Heart Sutra) to the right of the Buddha's image representing the Buddha's speech and a stupa representing the Buddha's mind. From this point onwards it gets more involved but these are the essentials in a Tibetan altar. It is generally advised to start simple in one's altar since too many deities and objects can be confusing (see http://www.snowlionpub.com/pages/altar.html ). When I was setting up my shrine, I contacted a monastery as to the placement of some statues. The final words of the monk were that it's the intention that is most important.

      If the altar is going in your bedroom it is best to put the altar closer to the head of the bed since it is considered disrespectful to have the Buddha toward the feet. This is according to Tibetan teachings so I'm not sure if the same applies to Zen traditions.

      In either case, keep the shrine clean and dusted but the color of the room is whatever you find to be inductive to peace and contemplation.

      I hope this helps.

      May all be at peace.

      John

  11. QUESTION:
    Would you attend a Buddhist meditation service if it had free weed?
    Buddha once spoke of the Bowl of Jade. In Oriental cultures the relaxing effects of thc have been noted as compatible with an understanding of meditation and nature.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, but it would not take free weed for me to visit a meditation service.

  12. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between Hindu meditation and Buddhist meditation?
    Besides the fact that hindus are looking to re-attach themselves with Brahma and Buddhist are looking for nirvana what are the differences?

    • ANSWER:
      First we should know that meditation have no religious colours

      seeing generally, the Buddhists meditates for their mindfulness, concentration, tranquility, insight etc., They consider that the meditation is their part of their path and they believe that mind will take full control and also for full pure to body and mind,

      whereas,

      the hindu meditation is for mental peace, physical power and
      while Buddhists take it is their path, but in hinduism it is considered as yoga..

  13. QUESTION:
    Where in the Tokyo area can I buy a Buddhist Zen meditation cushion?
    i am visiting Japan for the summer and my sister really wants me to bring or ship her a Buddhist Meditation cushion. I have looked for one everywhere I've been but I can't find one for sale, not even in the temples I've been to. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      A Zen cushion should be readily available at any Buddhist supply store. There's a neighborhood that's full of Buddhist supply stores in Taito ward near Ueno. It's also near the Kappabashi street that's all restaurant supply stores. Kappabashi is good for souvenirs since they have a couple of stores that sells restaurant wax samples to the public.

      I don't know if your sister knows the proper sitting posture for Zen, but just for completeness, it isn't Indian style. The Zen posture is lotus style, where your feet are placed on top of legs, not under them like with Indian style. The sole of your feet should be visible and facing up.

  14. QUESTION:
    Buddhists...How often do you attend your local buddhist/meditation centre. How many times a week?
    My local centre isnt really a buddhist temple..it is just a rented room in a church.
    the classes are held once a week for meditation.

    is this enough???

    • ANSWER:
      I used to go twice a week. Now I don't go at all. There is no requirement. Meditation is practice, sometimes it's useful to practice with a coach, sometimes with fellow travelers, sometimes by oneself.

      Any room will be enough.

  15. QUESTION:
    Are there any Buddhist/Meditation retreats in Toronto?
    Are there any Buddhist temples that you can live in? Or any meditation retreats in Toronto?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi David,

      I found this link which might help:

      http://www.buddhismcanada.com/toronto-c.html

      There used to be a buddhist centre at Sheppard W and Wilson but it's no longer there.

      For meditation retreats, try the link below:

      http://www.vitalitymagazine.com/yoga_meditation_retreats

  16. QUESTION:
    Do you agree that the point of Buddhist meditation is a passive-aggressive anger at the world?
    Of course, Buddhists themselves will deny it, but that's a common reaction of neurotics who are unhappy with themselves.

    • ANSWER:
      There's an assumption that the world is an angry place,
      and that a sane human being reciprocates anger with anger.

      The point of meditation is to understand that there's space between oneself VS the reaction. There's space between stimulus VS response.

      Otherwise, "anger becomes you".

      One needs not to identify with the stimulus; instead, there's a room to contemplate and formulate action (not "reaction") that is tolerant and understanding.

      Meditation is also a way to study oneself. One looks inside oneself first for answers. One takes responsibility for the way one feels. There's no pointing finger to the world, blaming everything else for the way one feels.

      Contrary to the view that meditators run away from feelings, they face up to feelings. In meditation, they cultivate the tool to deal with feelings, which are, really, the world. What is the world, if not the stuff we've made out of it?

      Hope this helps..

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you please give me any Buddhist meditation or technique that can reduce stress and depression?
    Also, please give me any recommended websites.Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      How about putting yourself into a meditational state, but instead of meditating, concentrate on your task at hand.

      Perform these steps at your computer station:

      1. Freeze your back and head posture. Preferably 'straight-up'.
      2. Move only your arms and eyes in relation to keyboard and mouse. Do this SLOWLY.
      3. Keep a lukewarm glass of water by you. Drink some when you reach the meditational state. Do this while not moving your back and head.

      You will be fighting the need for sleep. As you continue, the need for sleep will continue to assail you, building up on you. Drink more water to help it continue to add up on you. When you fall asleep, you will have met your threshold for meditation. You will have a clearer mind.

      THIS was the intended goal of meditation, not some 'get comfortable' routine as we all subconsciously aim for. In other words, to better oneself or increase "comfort-ability", one must fight the comfort. Because humans only know two subconscious speeds, fast and faster, to consciously move slower aids us in bettering ourselves in areas of speed.

  18. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been to a Buddhist meditation retreat?
    I am wondering what is it like, and what you learn there.

    • ANSWER:
      you'll learn meditation with the guidance of the monks in the serenity of the mountain backdrops. I think there's one in San Jose.

  19. QUESTION:
    What should I (a woman) wear to Buddhist Meditation Center for Sunday services including chanting& dharma talk?
    I will be attending Sunday services include bowing, chanting, and a dharma talk. It will begin at 9am and last thru lunchtime. I would like to know what I should wear in order to dress appropriately for the services as a woman.

    • ANSWER:
      An orange sheet, flip flops and a smile.

  20. QUESTION:
    Looking for a Buddhist / Meditation course in a Tibetan Monastery, off the tourist track?
    I'm looking for a Buddhism and / or Meditation course to study in a Monastery in Tibet, but I don't want to be part of a large group and would like to do it off the beaten track - any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      sorry to burst your bubble but you can't get into "china"/Tibet with out a government issued permit and you can only get one of these after scheduling a group tour. Once you get there if you try to go off on your own and hire a taxi it will be a Chinese driver and they will only take you to Chinese economic friendly places. In other words to see real Tibet you may as well go to Nepal or Dharamsala. The monastaries are all touristy places. Of course i'm generalizing this answer to Lhasa. Perhaps if you could get a way to Kham and see Gargon Monastery or Bardor Tulku Rinpoche's Monastery it would be a good place to see a fairly untouched Tibetan Monastary. The problem is they are really in the middle of nowhere and probably difficult to get to without assistance from the monastary but you could give it a try.

  21. QUESTION:
    Buddhist Meditation getting confused on what to do?
    nice and short
    im new to buddhism
    i'm trying to practice meditation
    im finding it difficult
    ive studied into it but am confused as to which way i should sit due to all these different methods.

    and what am i focusing exactly on.
    i read if things come to mind to label them and pass them off to not focus on them.

    • ANSWER:
      Others have given you excellent advice on different meditation techniques.

      But even with the best of advice, most people - newcomers and old-timers, alike - can sometimes struggle with meditation.

      When challenges arise (and they always do), the direct guidance of a teacher and the support of a community can help you.

      Few people can sustain Buddhist meditation practice for very long without such guidance.

      That's really the only reason that Buddhist meditation centers exist - to help people begin and sustain meditation practice.

      So if you're not currently practicing with a teacher, you might consider doing so. Here's a list of Buddhist centers around the world. If there are several centers close to you, visit as many as you can and see if one feels like "home."
      http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/

      Best wishes in your practice!

  22. QUESTION:
    What are some good books on Tibetan Buddhist meditation?
    I try to meditate, but I don't think I'm doing it right.

    • ANSWER:
      There is one of my personal favorites: The Garden of Zen -- Clark Tanner

      It is a fiction novel based on Zen Buddhism, but practically the same as Tibetan meditation. But it does give the steps of meditation and does only things that are physically possible and tells you how to do them...

      Also I will recommend:

      Inner Peace With Al Richards - Al Rogers *changed last name due to identity theft*
      Unix -- Jack Soft

  23. QUESTION:
    Is praying the rosary like Buddhist meditation and chanting?
    I was watching my aunt pray the rosary the other day at the nursing home and she looked just like a little monk lady lost in chanting...but very happy afterwards.

    • ANSWER:
      In terms of what they're praying to/chanting about no, but in terms of the effect it has on the mind and body yes. Meditation and prayer have both been shown to activate the same parts of the brain and have the same (positive) effects on the mind.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is Buddhist meditation like seeking the energy of God, but not hearing from Him to guide your life?
    And so you don't get to pray or praise God, and be obedient to God's specific will for your life. What do you say? I'm Christian.

    • ANSWER:
      in meditation is it more likely to focus on your innerself. to focus your breath.
      mbe later on you look for deeper meanings in your life, looking for the ultimate reality.

      regards
      J

  25. QUESTION:
    is Christianity against Buddhist meditation? and does Christianity has its own sort of meditation?
    is Christianity against Buddhist meditation? and does Christianity has its own sort of meditation? what is it and how does it work?

    (and while i'm at it, could u tell me what a Lutheran Church is? it seems to be appearing to my new neighborhood. and is that a Church normally Christians go to?)

    • ANSWER:
      Christianity as a whole isn't against meshing any religious techniques together. Many people do. Some sects of christianity do have a problem with following tradition from other sources, but those are usually the more conservative ones. Sometimes specific churches might take a position.

      Lutheran is a type of christianity. You'd have to look up more about it to see whether it meshes with your views. As far as I know it's not particularly radical and it's accepted as a normal denomination.

      Christianity, being an intensely personal thing like all religion, is mostly determined by your interpretation.

  26. QUESTION:
    How Are Buddhist Meditation Beads Blessed?
    The reason I ask is because I found a organization that offers handmade Mala beads, blessed and made by Buddhist Nuns. I'm unfamiliar with Buddhist customs and would like to know how Mala beads are blessed. Thanks

    The site can be found at The Tibetan Nuns Project

    http://tnp.org/

    Thank you for yours answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually by chanting something over them, either as they are being made (that's what I do) or later. Since this is a Tibetan group, probably a mantra.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is the sound of a bell (like a buddhist meditation bell) harmful to my pet rabbits ears?
    the bell being used produces a sound that goes high pitched and lingers for a bit before being rung again. The first time my rabbit heard this sound he ran under the bed very upset. I don't know if he was just scared at the unfamiliar noise or if it actually was hurting his ears?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry. It was just scared of a new noise. Unless you have a 2ft high churchbell in your room of course :-)

  28. QUESTION:
    Why is Buddhist meditation so damn hard?
    okay, so I just started meditating, but still...why is it so hard to focus on not thinking about anything? Whether I'm tired or not, my mind is constantly wandering. one of my problems is that I think too much.
    what are some good meditation techniques to keep my mind from wandering off so easily?

    • ANSWER:
      Focus on your breathing while you meditate. Don't change it or anything, just pay attention to it. Only meditate for about 5 minutes at first. If you find your mind wandering away then just bring it gently back to the breath. Soon you will be able to spend the 5 minutes paying attention to your breath, and then you can increase the amount of time, and after that you can meditate on any one thing, or no thing. It is like exercise, you must build up your tolerance for it. Monks and masters practice for decades before they are able to do it for hours.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is a way to relax my nerves (Buddhist meditation)?
    I just had a very stressful and frustrating conversation with an ex boyfriend. and it bothered me so much that my hands are literally shaking as I type this question...

    • ANSWER:
      i meditate for a minimum of an hour a day, my normal is 2. it can be as simple as breathing, and focusing on that breathing

  30. QUESTION:
    the use of MUDRAS in Buddhist meditation?
    researching the extent buddhists go to to make the ancient ritual of meditation more accessible to the modern mindset via the change/modification/removal of mudras.

    DOES ANYONE HERE ACTUALLY USE MUDRAS IN THEIR BUDDHIST MEDITATING?
    If so, why? and how do you still find it relevant to today's society?

    • ANSWER:
      I use mudras in my meditations, but I personally don't like to think of it as amplifying any sort of energy. This is just my personal feeling and comfort level, since, frankly I feel a little silly telling myself that the energy from hand motions aids my practice. And I do think that this discomfort (with focusing on the energy aspect of it) is due to a "modern mindset," as you say.

      I prefer to remember what the mudras represent, and use that symbolism to concentrate and focus my meditations. For me, this has been very helpful. Typically, my meditations using chants and mudras have lasted longer and gone deeper than any other techniques I've used.

      I don't deny that the whole energy "thing" could be true, I just know that it would be a hindrance in my practice if I used the mudras for that express purpose.

      The way I figure it, if the energy does work, and my use of the mudras is sincere, then I will still benefit from it irregardless of my belief or focus on this energy aspect. And if the energy part of it isn't true, as my scientific thinking tends to be skeptical of, nothing is lost in my practice.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a site that helps you quit smoking through buddhist meditation techniques?
    my self atman would appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Buddhists most likely would say anatman, or 'no-self.' Meaning, there is no intrinsically existent self that exists beyond the collection of parts that is named "joe." Well, what does that mean? It means that when "your parts" came together, smoking wasn't part of you. Likewise, you can stop whenever you decide to. One thing you can do is stop buying cigarettes. Another is stop touching cigarettes. Another is not having cigarettes and lighters or matches together in your hands. Another is not putting dry cigarettes in your mouth. Another is doing something else when you feel you "have" to smoke a cigarette. If any of these aren't cutting it for you, think about this. If you can not smoke for six to eight hours (say, while sleeping) then there is nothing preventing you from stopping anytime you decide to stop. Just don't do it. Further, you can look at an image of the Conqueror Shakyamuni Buddha and try though you might, you will not see a cigarette anywhere near his hands or mouth. That you would call yourself a Buddhist means you seek refuge in not only the Teacher but what he taught and that true paths would lead to cessation; so, if you would want to stop hitting your thumb with a hammer, you would first have to move your thumb. Or, put down the hammer. Or, not have your finger near where the hammer strikes. Hitting your finger with a hammer is a result of these other conditions all being present - removing any one of them removes the result. Likewise, if you remove the cigarettes you can't smoke them. In more subtle analysis, there are no cigarettes; there is just your craving. Let the last cigarette you smoked be your last cigarette. Just don't do it. Sit down and meditate for five minutes instead. If you used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day - and instead now meditate for five minutes twenty times a day, you would be well on your way to developing a fairly strong mindfulness which could be directed at any virtuous object of observation at will and then, you would be well on your way - away from smoking and into something useful like Dharma practice. Best wishes to you! (By the way, I used to smoke like a fish, so it can be done!)

  32. QUESTION:
    Where in Orlando can i get buddhist meditation supplies?
    Like bronze statues, mala beads etc?

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy them from http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&keywords=buddhist%20meditation&tag=189-20&index=garden&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325

  33. QUESTION:
    do you think Buddhist meditation is pointless?
    im struggling to think about this. some say it is pointless as you just sit there and do nothing. But if it is so pointless, then why would Buddhists do it?

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    What happens during a Mahayana Buddhist meditation service?

    • ANSWER:
      Meditation practice in Buddhist traditions, including the Mahayana tradition or understanding, begins with two general methods. The first is usually a method to develop concentration and also calming, which anyone may learn. Once a base of concentration is begun, the method of insight or the understanding of what the mind actually is and how it works is practiced - also something which anyone may learn. The first is called shamatha and the second is named vipashyana.

      Very generally speaking, the group of people who are gathered to practice will sit in silence and stillness for anywhere from 20 to 35 minutes. This amount of time in silence allows the mind to clear and to settle so that the actual process of the mind may be passively observed. The meditation session will often begin and end with a bell which is thought to awaken awareness of Buddha Nature, or essential nature, when it is heard. Often the Buddhist sutras or scriptures are spoken aloud as a group before and after the meditation session. In beginning instructions, a meditator is asked to watch something as natural and simple as the breath, or even thoughts, without any plan or intention. Just the watching itself is the basis for insight gained.

      Mahayana is a name for the collected understanding of the Buddha's teachings which include the religious idea of 'Buddha Nature' and the Bodhisattva personage as a kind of saintly figure. The other main understanding of the Buddha's teachings, Hinayana, are thought to be closer to the Buddha's principle ideas and a kind of essentially basic understanding. Both are equally valid yet there are many fundamental philosophical disagreements. Both understandings contain the basic ingredients of Buddhist meditation and practice.

  35. QUESTION:
    What US universities offer Zen Buddhist meditation in it's curriculum?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the South Harmon Institute of Technology is the only one.

      However most larger universities have on-campus Zen groups, often led by a teacher at a nearby Zen center.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of Buddhist (Zen) meditation?
    I wanna know why people choose to meditate and also, suggestions on how to stay focused? Thanks~

    • ANSWER:
      Mindfulness Meditation is intended to purify the mind. It cleanses the thought process of what can be called psychic irritants, things like greed, hatred and ignorance, things that keep us snarled up in emotional bondage. It brings the mind to a state of tranquility and awareness, to a state of concentration and insight. When one practices mindfulness meditation, he meditates on anicca (impermanence), dukkha (suffering), and anatta (non-self), using the breath as an anchor. The key to mindfulness meditation is observation without attachment. Will share with you-the basics of mindfulness meditation-which will help you get started. Find a quiet and comfortable place. Sit in a chair or on a cushion on the floor with your head, neck and back straight but not stiff. Put aside all thoughts of the past and the future and stay in the present moment. Become aware of your breathing, focusing on the sensation of air moving in and out of your body as you breathe. Feel your belly rise and fall, the air enter your nostrils and leave your mouth. Pay attention to the way each breath changes and is different. Watch every thought come and go, whether it be a worry, fear, anxiety or hope. ‘Observation-without attachment-is an important key to mindfulness meditation’. In mindfulness meditation one is 'an observer' of thoughts that arise in the mind during meditation. These thoughts are neither analyzed nor harshly judged but are recognized as they simply are: thoughts and feelings. They are not to be clinged to, for clinging causes suffering. We use the breath as an anchor. What does this mean? When a thought/feeling arises in the mind, we observe it-making a mental note of it, then gently return to the breath. If you’re observing your thoughts/emotions without getting caught up in them, then your on the right track. This practice of mindfulness meditation requires patience and through daily practice - patience is cultivated and wisdom is gained. Remember not to be hard on yourself when your thoughts wander; be gentle with the mind, and simply return to the breath. Practicing Mindfulness Meditation for 20 min. a day-to get started-is sufficient. After you've been meditating for a month or so, you may wish to add on another 5-10 minutes to each session. "Mindfulness in Plain English" By: Henepola Gunaratana- covers what meditation is, what it isn't, attitude, the practice, what to do with your body, what to do with your mind, structuring your meditation, set-up exercises, dealing with problems, dealing with distractions, sati or mindfulness, mindfulness vs. concentration and mindfulness in everyday life. *Andrew Weiss, who is ordained in both Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing and the White Plum Lineage of the Japanese Soto Zen Tradition - has an excellent beginner's book on the practice of Mindfulness Meditation called "Beginning Mindfulness: Learning The Way of Awareness" which teaches Mindfulness of Breathing, Walking Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation, Loving-kindness Meditation, Tonglin: The Art of Practicing Compassion, and Mindfulness in Everyday Life.

      Best Wishes to you on your meditation practice.

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any buddhist or meditation online stores?
    I really need to buy some things for my house, and I don't feel like traveling down to the city to buy what I need.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a two reputable stores for Buddhist supplies:

      http://dharmacrafts.com/

      http://www.dharma.net/monstore/

  38. QUESTION:
    Do you think Buddhist meditation and mindfullness training is bad for a Christian to do?

    • ANSWER:
      No, Like Walking in the Spirit, as Christianity teaches, it prevents one from walking in the flesh. And walking in the flesh is enmity toward God. Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation has two main purposes: the first is to develop mental concentration and focus. The second is to gain ‘Insight’ into the nature of things through “mindfulness, awareness, vigilance and observation.” Mindfulness Meditation is intended 'to purify the mind'. It cleanses the thought process of what can be called irritants, things like stress, anger, depression, anxiety, resentment, unforgiveness, impatience, etc. - things that keep us snarled up in emotional bondage, and produces traits like compassion, lovingkindness, patience and wisdom. 'It brings the mind to a state of tranquility and awareness, to a state of concentration and insight'. The key to mindfulness meditation is observation without attachment. *Basic Mindfulness Meditation: Find a quiet and comfortable place. Sit in a chair or on a cushion on the floor with your head, neck and back straight but not stiff. Put aside all thoughts of the past and the future and stay in the present moment. Become aware of your breathing, focusing on the sensation of air moving in and out of your body as you breathe. Feel your belly rise and fall, the air enter your nostrils and leave your mouth. Pay attention to the way each breath changes and is different. ‘Observation-without attachment-is an important key to mindfulness meditation’. In mindfulness meditation one is 'an observer' of thoughts that arise in the mind during meditation. These thoughts are not harshly judged but are recognized as they simply are: thoughts and feelings. They are not to be clinged (attached) to, for clinging (attachment) causes suffering. We use the breath as an anchor. What does this mean? When a thought/feeling arises in the mind, we observe it-making a mental note of it, then gently return to the breath. If you’re observing your thoughts and emotions without getting caught up in them, then your on the right track. Remember not to be hard on yourself when your thoughts wander; be patient and gentle with the mind, and simply return to the breath.

      *Learned Mindfulness Meditation from his book: *"Beginning Mindfulness: Learning The Way of Awareness" By: Andrew Weiss - which teaches Mindfulness of Breathing, Walking Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation, Tonglin: the Art of Practicing Compassion,and Mindfulness in Everyday Life.

      Best Wishes to you in your meditation practice.

  39. QUESTION:
    looking for buddhist meditation retreat center?
    does anyone know where in Asia preferably a buddhist retreat centre that offers calm abiding meditation retreat in 2011?

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Buddhist meditation supplies?
    Could somebody give me a list of Buddhist meditation/ritual supplies? All of them. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      You already have the only supplies you need for Buddhist meditation: Your Mind.

      Everything else is unnecessary. But if you want a good source of unnecessary stuff, check out Dharma Crafts: http://www.dharmacrafts.com/

      Also, beware of those who claim to be human. Such a being has a reptilian mind and poison fangs. Or is it reptilian fangs and a poison mind?

      Even with so many avatars at his disposal (HBH, Vic W, etc.), it just takes one bite to get the poison deeply under his shallow skin. He's a sensitive little "Buddhist" who only likes to bite others. Little breeder reptilian.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can someone be a Christian and also do Buddhist meditation?

    • ANSWER:
      as long as you aren't using a meditation object that is specifically buddhist such as a buddhist mantra or buddhist image then there really isn't anything intrinsically buddhist about buddhist meditation.
      i've been on numerous meditation retreats with people of different religious and non religious backgrounds. even some Christian ministers and priests sometimes attend the meditation retreats.

  42. QUESTION:
    what are the beads called that are used in buddhist meditation?

    • ANSWER:
      Japa mala' or mala most religion have or have had prayer beads.

  43. QUESTION:
    Christians, what is the spiritual explanation for the effectiveness of Buddhist meditation?

    • ANSWER:
      If Christians only knew how close to Buddhism were the actual words of Jesus!
      All his talk about the Kingdom of Heaven being within was a reference to meditation.
      Read the Beatitudes: they are Buddhism.
      Turning the other cheek and showing compassion for others (Matthew 5: 38-48) is pure Buddhism.
      I could go on and on, but Christians can find these passages for themselves.

      Meditation is the one-pointed desire to be in the company of God.
      How can that be in conflict with Christianity?

  44. QUESTION:
    Question about Buddhist meditation?
    Can you do Buddhist meditation even though your Christian?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

      Buddhism does not require NOR forbid god concepts.

  45. QUESTION:
    Buddhist meditation techniques?
    I am new to Buddhism, and lately I am been loosing focus during meditation, can other buddhist out there please give me any suggestions or ideas that could help me out to regain focus.
    Thank You for the help in advance.
    Namasté. :-)

    • ANSWER:
      It's usually pretty hard when you first start out. We are all scatter brained and our minds wander so easily. That's what meditation is trying to 'cure'.

      For me there were a few things I did to help myself when I started out.

      * Try a few short sessions (or just one) per day, say 5 to 10 minutes max.

      * Focus on your breathing. Count your breaths up to 21 and then start over again. You will start to notice that all of a sudden you are up to 64. When that happens, just start over at 1 again (I once got up to 163)!

      * Have a quiet environment. I like to meditate very early in the morning and again late at night when all of my family is asleep. My afternoon session is the hardest to do because my family tends to be pretty loud.

      * Have a comfortable cushion to sit on. Don't worry about having to adjust your posture, scratch something that itches, cough, sneeze, whatever. Do it and then just forget about it.

      * Have an object to view. Because I started meditating while in the process of becoming a Buddhist I had an image of the Buddha that I focused on, but it can be anything. Don't stare down your object, instead keep your eyes half-open and look straight on. I also liked to focus on a point that was 'behind' the image.

      * If you feel your thoughts drifting, do one of two things. Either refocus on your object or simply acknowledge your thought. Label it in your mind as exactly that, just a thought. Imagine your mind as a clear blue sky, your thoughts are just big, white, fluffy clouds, drifting by. You don't need to try and stop them, or ignore them. Just let them drift by.

      Remember that meditation can be difficult. Don't give up because you think you didn't do it 'right'. It's a great tool, even if it isn't part of your religion, to help relax and calm your busy mind.

      Hope at least one of these things help you!

  46. QUESTION:
    Where did Buddhist Meditation come from?
    Does anyone know its history? origins?

    not buddhism, buddhist MEDITATION

    • ANSWER:
      Before Lord Buddha discovered The Dharma His childhood was Hindu He spent six years studying and practising with various Hindu ascetics and it would be fair to presume it was these Teachers who would have taught Him meditation He then went off on His own and it is well documented it was during His time meditating under a Bodhi tree he became "Awake"
      So the credit must go to the Hindu Tradition for this
      Interestingly Lord Buddha wasn't the first Buddha of this world time period There were three others before Him and it is claimed There will be one thousand Buddhas who will visit this world before our sun goes Supernova It begs the question Who taught the the previous Buddhas
      It's a real dilemma that's difficult to fully answer
      I'm not a real fan of Wiki but there is a reasonable explanation regarding the various forms of meditation You may find helpful but like others I am unable to answer your question as fully as I would have liked

      http://en.wikipedeia.org/wiki/Buddhist_meditation

  47. QUESTION:
    in buddhist meditation what is the meaning of a nimitta?
    in buddhist meditation what is the meaning of a nimitta?

    Also, I do samatha meditation practice. if I continue and practice diligently and patiently, what effects or results or phenomena can I expect to happen?

    Thankyou,

    Wekslap

    • ANSWER:
      The Samatha will greatly improve your concentration.

      Nimitta means "sign," or "cause," in Sanskrit.

      "The "sign" means a characteristic mark or phenomenon which accompanies and helps identify an experience; for example, the flu is often accompanied by weakness and nausea, here nausea would be a sign of the flu."

      --urbandharma.org

  48. QUESTION:
    What are some similarites/differences between the Hajj and Buddhist Meditation?
    I have to answer this question for school, and I think it is totally random...I don't know what to say?

    Please help me out
    It's not homework, it is a religious question, i did type it in google, can't find anything, thank you very much

    • ANSWER:
      please ask in the homework help category. How hard is it to type the same question in google?

  49. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for a Buddhist meditation CD?
    I'm looking for a Buddhist meditation CD. Preferably one that talks you through relaxing the body then just moves onto some calm music…

    Anyone any idea’s?

    Thank you

    Sam

    • ANSWER:
      I've found these couple of songs which are really great to have some relaxation. Try them.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c9-XaA2f00
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIOFmhMJEy0&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk6q0zxa4xQ&feature=related

      If you like to learn about meditation, please feel free to go to these sites. There're tons of articles or Dhamma talks on meditation.

      http://www.thubtenchodron.org/Meditation/index.html
      http://www.thubtenchodron.org/ForThoseNewToBuddhism/index.html
      http://www.bswa.org/modules/mydownloads/viewcat.php?cid=31
      http://tenzinpalmo.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=20&Itemid=36

      May all beings always be well and happy! Thanks.

      Max P.

  50. QUESTION:
    Why do Buddhist meditation beads have 108 beads?
    Is there a meaning behind it?

    • ANSWER:
      Meditate on Jesus.

      Romans 10:9


You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.