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does different types of buddhism have different types of meditation?

I know there are different types of buddhism based on all the different beliefs, but do they all have their own ways to meditate or do they all meditate the same way? I’m trying to learn as much as I can.
I was also wondering if you can be buddhist if you are bisexual. I know they are very accepting about othere religions, but I have actually never heard what they believe about tihs issue.


  1. Kinda,In zen buddhism you will get zazen meditation and in Tibetan and theravada you will get vipassana and in pureland I think you practice in front of a statue.

  2. 1. All buddhist meditation has a purification of mind as a goal, and two inter-related paramount mental qualities that arise from wholesome meditative practice are:
    # “serenity” or “tranquillity” (Pali: samatha) which steadies, composes, unifies and concentrates the mind;
    #”insight” (Pali: vipassana) which enables one to see, explore and discern “formations” (conditioned phenomena based on the five aggregates), seeing things as they really are = Seeing with wisdom, means seeing things within the framework of our body/mind complex without prejudices or biases springing from our greed, hatred and delusion.
    All forms of meditation involve concentration of mind. One focuses upon an object (your breath, your navel, a flame, image, or mantra, etc.) or simply upon what arises for you in experience at the present moment. In the latter, attention is open and receptive, rather than fixed upon one thing.
    Since human has many different temperaments, in buddhism meditators are assigned different subjects of meditation to suit their temperaments. In the Visuddhimagga there are the description of forty meditation subjects. Buddhaghosa advises that, for the purpose of developing concentration and “consciousness,” a person should “apprehend from among the forty meditation subjects one that suits his own temperament” with the advice of a “good friend” (kalyana mitta) who is knowledgeable in the different meditation subjects. For example, the meditator with a lustful temperament is assigned the meditation on the impurities. Those of a discursive temperament, meditation on the four elements, and those with a devout temperament are assigned meditation on the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Some meditation practices (such as contemplation of a kasina object) favor the development of samatha, others are conducive to the development of vipassana (such as contemplation of the aggregates), while others (such as mindfulness of breathing) are classically used for developing both mental qualities.
    The two most common and useful types of meditation are Mindfulness of Breathing (anapana sati) and Loving Kindness Meditation (metta bhavana).
    So, it also can be understood that different school of buddhism has its own characteristic of meditation instruction:
    Theravada’s typical meditation: Vipassana
    Zen : Shikantaza, Zazen, Koan.
    Pure Land typical meditation: on the simplest method : the recitation of Buddha Amitabha’s name
    Nichiren: use mantra (syllables or sets of syllables, and used as “tools of thought”).
    Vajrayana : Mantra, Tantra, Deity Yoga (practitioners visualize themselves as the meditation Buddha or yidam, the purpose of which is to bring the meditator to the realization that the deity and the practitioner are in essence the same, non-dual), the Yoga of Clear Light (focusses on accessing the luminosity of the mindstream that is seen to be its essential nature). Vajrayana meditation is also includes sophisticated techniques involving the utilization of certain aspects of the human physiology such as channels, chakras (energy centers) and the vital energies that flow within them.
    The Guru or spiritual teacher is essential as a guide during tantric practice, as without their example, blessings and grace, genuine progress is held to be impossible for all but the most keen and gifted.
    Vipassana website: http://www.vipassanadhura.com/
    2. Generally in buddhism bisexual is neither right nor wrong. It is just something that people do. If people are not harming each other, their private lives are their own business; we should be tolerant of them and not reject them. Some Buddhist orders may specifically prohibit transgender, homosexually active, or homosexually oriented people from ordination but accept homosexuality among laypersons.

  3. Hi Rachel.I was reading through the other answers to your question and can only say that that Humble one has answered it as well as I wish I could have.
    I hope that you will find the method that best suits you.
    I personally practice vipassana meditation but have also in the past practiced visualization meditation.There is no right or wrong here,just different paths.
    On the subject of your sexuality,again there is no right or wrong here.
    As long as your relationship is a loving relationship and not causing harm to others,no problem.
    I have met monks who would be classified as gay,but as monks take a vow of celibacy,this should not be a problem,though I guess some monasteries may be reluctant to take on some one who may find it difficult to find themselves living amongst all men or all women when they are gay.
    With metta

  4. Haha, yes you can definitely be a Buddhist if you are bi-sexual. And also, yes, the teachings of the Buddha have changed along with the meditation as they spread from India. If you are interested in the original teachings of the Buddha, I would check these guys out: http://www.dhammasukha.org. Peace and love. 🙂 🙂 🙂


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