The Benefits of Guided Meditation

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The Benefits of Guided Meditation

Postby PaulGar » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:31 am

I have a regular meditation practice, but I've been wondering about the benefits of supplementing this with some type of guided meditation. One part of my practice that I neglect is cultivating metta, and I wonder if some type of guided loving kindness meditation might help with this. I would be interested in other people's thoughts as to the benefits of audio guided meditations and if they have any suggestions.
Thanks in advance.

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Re: The Benefits of Guided Meditation

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:25 am

Greetings,

I quite like the Malcolm Huxter ones on Buddhanet - there's a metta one, roughly 25-30 minutes long if I remember correctly.

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Re: The Benefits of Guided Meditation

Postby bodom » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:27 am

I found guided meditations to be a great help when i first started meditating on my own and without access to a teacher.

Here's some links i found very helpful:

Anapanasati Practice - Mindfulness of Breathing
http://www.audiodharma.org/series/1/talk/1797/

Guided Meditations
http://www.audiodharma.org/series/1/talk/1835/

Theravada Buddhist Dhamma Talk Album:
"Guided Meditation"

http://mirror1.birken.ca/dhamma_talks/i ... id-Med/01/

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: The Benefits of Guided Meditation

Postby Kaktus » Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:40 pm

May i throw in a question without opening another thread for it?

I´m looking for a short introduction into basic samatha meditation practice. It should be written in plain english, readable within about an hour. Or a talk up to about 2 hours length.

There are so much texts out there in the net im overwhelmed with the task to find a good one.
English isn´t my native language. So please accept my apologies for my kind of spelling and grammar ;-)

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Re: The Benefits of Guided Meditation

Postby PaulGar » Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:44 pm

Thanks for the links guys; I'll check them out. I also hope somebody can suggest something for kaktus.


I would be interested in hearing other people's experience with guided practice - is it just something that is only suitable for beginners?

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Re: The Benefits of Guided Meditation

Postby Moggalana » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:31 pm

Kaktus wrote:May i throw in a question without opening another thread for it?

I´m looking for a short introduction into basic samatha meditation practice. It should be written in plain english, readable within about an hour. Or a talk up to about 2 hours length.

There are so much texts out there in the net im overwhelmed with the task to find a good one.


Hi Kaktus,

every teacher has his own unique style, so you'll probably have to try a few different approaches to see what works for you. I like Ajahn Brahm's method:

http://www.jhanagrove.org.au/meditation.html

They also have a lot of guided meditations online (half hour/one hour): http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/downloads/ ... ation.html

I recently listened to one of Ajahn Vayama's guided meditations and found it quite good (30 min - body sweeping/anapanasati):

http://media.bswa.org/meditation/Vayama ... 1_23_M.mp3
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