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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?

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  • Perhaps the following passage help to explaing no-self by Master Li Hongzhi written on September 28, 1995:
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    What is Emptiness?

    What is emptiness? Being free of attachments is the true state of emptiness. It does not mean being empty of matter. …

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    You can read its entirety from the URL below.
    http://www.falundafa.org/book/eng/jjyz12.htm

    In the section “Buddhist Qigong and Buddhism” of the Zhuan Falun Lecture on the web, you can find out a concise discussion about Hinduism and Buddhism.

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  • 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.”

  • Hindu meditation is about discovering one’s permanent self so as to re-unit with the Great Brahma (God).

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