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The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

Postby IanAnd » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:49 am

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Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

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Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

Postby Zenainder » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:27 pm

I've contemplated this (with a more open view) and I can see how recollecting the Buddha prior to meditation can give rise to inspiration and devotion for the practice giving it perceived value. Although I do not practice this directly, I do have a small shrine of the Buddha in my den and it does at the very least give rise to further inspiration, like a friendly reminder, to my practice whenever I look or glance at it. I think the "value" is completely conditioned based and it is useful, but not necessary. I do not think its a practice / tradition to become overly attached to. The truth comes from within, after all. :)

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Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

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Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

Postby Ben » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:16 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

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Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

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Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

Postby Javi » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:43 am

I used to have much aversion to stuff like this, coming from very anti-theistic views I was attached to in the past. But recently I've been doing this daily in the past few weeks, recollecting the nine virtues, along with the triple gem and the five daily recollections. I must say it has lit a fire under my butt, It really does help and I also get pretty strong feelings of joy and happiness while doing it. I used to just think about my practice from a very stripped down point of view, but I can't say I would do it any other way now. Doing this has really made me think about my practice is a more holistic way than before.
Vayadhammā saṅkhārā appamādena sampādethā — All things decay and disappoint, it is through vigilance that you succeed — Mahāparinibbāna Sutta

Tārakā timiraṃ dīpo māyāvaśyāya budbudaḥ supinaṃ vidyud abhraṃ ca evaṃ draṣṭavya saṃskṛtam — A shooting star, a clouding of the sight, a lamp, An illusion, a drop of dew, a bubble, A dream, a lightning’s flash, a thunder cloud — This is the way one should see the conditioned — Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā

I have seen all things that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a chase after wind — Ecclesiastes 1.14


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