Acem meditation - is it for real?

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Acem meditation - is it for real?

Postby m0rl0ck » Sun May 25, 2014 1:32 pm

and by for real i mean a serious meditation technique that accomplishes something positive.

I found out about it from a url in another thread. Check out the technique:
Acem Meditation involves the mental repetition of a simple sound, called a meditation sound, a meaningless combination of vowels and consonants which is believed to help mind and body relax and to bring unconscious material closer to consciousness.

The way the meditator repeats the meditation sound is thought to be of paramount importance. The sound should be repeated with a so-called free mental attitude, i.e., in an effortless manner which does not require concentration and which allows thoughts, feelings and other impulses to come and go freely. At times forgetting the sound because one is absorbed by spontaneous thoughts is considered a central part of the technique.

In line with this emphasis on a free mental attitude, Acem does not recommend any position that strains the body. The meditator should sit comfortably with good support in the lower back. Meditation habits vary, but for long-term results, 30 minutes twice a day or 45 minutes once a day is recommended.



It sounds like anti meditation. "Okay, go carelessly repeat some nonsense while letting your mind wander." Seriously?
Anybody ever done it? What do you all think?
"Even if you've read the whole Canon and can remember lots of teachings; even if you can explain them in poignant ways, with lots of people to respect you; even if you build a lot of monastery buildings, or can explain inconstancy, stress, and not-self in the most detailed fashion ... The only thing that serves your own true purpose is release from suffering.

"And you'll be able to gain release from suffering only when you know the one mind."

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... eleft.html
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Re: Acem meditation - is it for real?

Postby daverupa » Sun May 25, 2014 4:00 pm

I fail to see a value here...
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: Acem meditation - is it for real?

Postby m0rl0ck » Sun May 25, 2014 4:39 pm

It occured to me that i probably shouldnt knock the technique. I have spent much of my life babbling incoherently while letting my mind wander, i may be a realized Acem master. :rolleye:
"Even if you've read the whole Canon and can remember lots of teachings; even if you can explain them in poignant ways, with lots of people to respect you; even if you build a lot of monastery buildings, or can explain inconstancy, stress, and not-self in the most detailed fashion ... The only thing that serves your own true purpose is release from suffering.

"And you'll be able to gain release from suffering only when you know the one mind."

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... eleft.html
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Re: Acem meditation - is it for real?

Postby Mkoll » Sun May 25, 2014 5:09 pm

I'm sure it helps some people. However, as a Buddhist, I'll pass.
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