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 Paul Davy » 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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It’s only meditation when there are two minds:
Knowing-noting mind and observing mind.
If there is only one mind, ‘I’ is always there.
The object is not the dhamma,
The dhamma is the mind
That is being aware.

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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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