but I will say that if you find meditation terribly boring and are unwilling to sit quietly in a silent room, then listening to music is better than watching TV.
David2 wrote:Silence is better. Music is a sense pleasure which is distracting from the meditation.
Not nice to hear for music fans, but this is the reality.
danieLion wrote:First: "silent" meditation is a luxury (where i live anyway)...the Buddha recommended quiet seclusion, but only when available...part of Buddhist "meditation" is learning to practice in the less than ideal conditions...
Second: music can be based in sensual desire but it also can be contemplated (even during sitting) as sound making contact at the ear, which in turn can be investigated as feeling...recall the famous Ajahn Chah story about how he was meditating one evening and the music from a village nearby kept interrupting him and causing him to have ill-will towards them until he realized the music wasn't coming out to him but that he was going out to the music
Third: one way to do the above is with a "body-scan"...the basic idea is to scan the body while listening to music in that part of the body...sound is vibration, and has an effect on more than just the ear...i like all kinds of music but found the more classical stuff (Mahler, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach etc..., is more conducive to this (although i've done it with "death metal" et al which gave the contemplation a death and body foulness element)
Fourth: is chanting music?
FIFTH: although i don't know the statistical breakdown, the Buddha's teachings seem to me weighed way more towards how we behave in EVERYTHING we do than when we're "meditating"....this is especially important for "householders" as i think we tend to use "meditation" as more of an escape than anything else...for instance, if you can't go a day without "meditating" doesn't that imply craving/clinging/becoming in regards to your "meditation"?
SIXTH: MEDITATION is probably the WORST TRANSLATION of the cultivations/developments the Buddha taught
Buckwheat wrote:Several good points here, but would you agree that when meditating it is more conducive to cultivation to find quiet seclusion than to turn on the stereo?
Buckwheat wrote:The last couple years I have been playing a lot less guitar because I am noticing how 70% of the time I am much more aloof and aggravated after playing for a while. There are still days where I finish playing and find myself in a really calm, mindful state, but usually it leaves me slightly aggrevated.