- June 3, 2010 at 6:13 am#6203
- June 3, 2010 at 7:02 am #406862
- June 3, 2010 at 7:50 am #406813
- June 3, 2010 at 7:53 am #406808
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.
- June 3, 2010 at 8:27 am #406768
Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist School. Falun Gong is based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises and the demonstration video is on the web. The 2nd and 5th exercise are of mediation. If you need help learning, contact the local practitioner in your area.
Falun Gong, Tibetans, Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China.
- June 3, 2010 at 9:19 am #406723
- June 3, 2010 at 9:25 am #406714
Yes, full lotus position.
I used to practice other Dharma Doors, and i finally come to a point where I actually want to meditate. I used to meditate here n there, but not daily as a formal practice.
I can do 1.1 hours in stillness and full lotus, and gradually increasing my time and patience with it.
It’s actually harder than it seems. There are top level monks that can only sit in full-lotus position 2 hours or so, which I heard was actually the bare minimum for true samadhi and stillness. A few monks I heard were able to go 8 hours! And the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, also a Ch’an master, he can go for days, weeks, timeless. So far the stages he describes from the beginning to the highest levels of meditation, I’ve been able to confirm as I progress. It’s exactly as he describes it. Those who meditate to high levels even beyond the 5 hour mark, confirm what the Master describes and explains. And the Master has talked about even farther! A true cultivator indeed.
I study and train in meditation following what the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua teaches.
here’s some texts by him. You’ll find them quite interesting.
Ch’an Handbook (meditation handbook: the Master explains stages, mind, determination, vigor, concentration, pain, technique, dharma, etc, all related to meditation towards enlightenment)
Ch’an, the Essence of All Buddhas (Master discusses meditation. This is a compilation of lectures given during the winter ch’an session of daily long sessions of meditation for several weeks. These are his talks and instructions to those that were attending and practicing the Ch’an session)
The Venerable Master Hsuan Hua was an ascetic monk and taught Buddhism as a whole, just as the Buddha did. He taught all the schools/sects combined. In meditation, he taught the Middle Path, and the kind of meditation that would lead to enlightenment. It’s not about focusing on pain and trying to induce pain. It’s not yoga. It’s not anything else but regular meditation that the Buddha practiced and taught, to attain enlightenment. So it’s not the least painful, and it’s not the most painful. It’s not like those yogi’s that sleep standing up trying to induce super pain and suffering. Pain and suffering in meditation is just a part of the process, not the focus.
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