TYPES OF BUDDHIST MEDITATION

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Meditation is the most practiced technique in the Buddhism tradition. Most of the meditation techniques have Buddhist roots. In the Buddhist culture, there are so may Buddhism schools that all have different meditation techniques. This was caused by the Buddhism spread that happened in the 6th century BC, after the ancient time of Buddha. As the Buddhism tradition spread far and wide into different lands, it assimilated some of the characteristics and spiritual practices of the land it where it was implanted.

Meditation details

Meditation is the most practiced technique in the Buddhism tradition. Most of the meditation techniques have Buddhist roots. In the Buddhist culture, there are so may Buddhism schools that all have different meditation techniques. This was caused by the Buddhism spread that happened in the 6th century BC, after the ancient time of Buddha. As the Buddhism tradition spread far and wide into different lands, it assimilated some of the characteristics and spiritual practices of the land it where it was implanted.

The Buddhist meditation techniques owe their existence to Buddha’s insights about the nature of life, what causes of suffering and happiness, and the guidelines that direct people to living a healthy and constructive life. These Buddhist meditation techniques have now spread widely to the different parts of the world that ever before.

How do Buddhists meditate?

There are so many types of Buddhist meditation. These include Tibetan visualization practices, Zen, Vipassana, Pure Land, Nichiren among others. Buddhist culture has some very important beliefs. Meditators here are asked to focus on themselves thoughtfully. This contemplation can be included into the meditation session.

1. Shamatha (mindfulness meditation)

This is a well –known meditation practice that deals with developing composure, transparency and composure. When you are committed to this practice, you can gain a deep inner peace. When Shamatha, with Vipassana (which is a meditation for awareness) practices; it leads to intense comprehensions and spiritual awakening. It is non-denominational and therefore can be performed by anyone. Its steps are those of any meditation where you focus on your breathing and sensations of your body.

2. Metta or Loving and kindness

There are different types of Metta meditation. For you to practice Metta, you have to practice Samatha first for it gets your mind ready and settled. In one of the forms of Metta meditation, you start by directing wishes for our goodness and well-being. This is followed by wishing well upon those we love and those who we see as equals. You then wish for goodness upon your enemy. This makes your love to flow equally to all the people around you regardless of your feelings towards them.

This meditation also involves the use of Mantra. Because it entails love, it is important that you repeat a mantra that is in that line of thought such as “May my love for myself and others flow freely.” After a few repetitions of this Mantra, sit in quiet and feel our awareness for a while.

3. Contemplative meditation                                              

The four thoughts entail the following;

· Choosing to invest your energy in an activity that develops wisdom and compassion for others

· Failing to waste time since you do not know how long you will be alive since your whole existence depends on your breathing.

· Noticing the interdependency that exists between things and beings in this world. This helps you realize that your actions have a great impact on the earth that you may never know.

· Realize that we will not die with our material wealth. This gives you a reason to indulge yourself in activities that give you more wisdom and knowledge.

4. Guided meditation

Here, you get yourself a coach to guide you through your meditation session.

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