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Meditation on a concept. How?

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Meditation on a concept. How?

Postby cherrytigerbarb » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:20 am

Many books recommend meditating on various concepts, like meditation on impermanence. How exactly do you do that? What do you do in your head? Meditation on the breath I can understand because it's just naked awareness of the action, but how do you concentrate on a concept? Thanks.
"The foolish reject what they see, not what they think. The wise reject what they think, not what they see." - Huang Po.

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Re: Meditation on a concept. How?

Postby Zom » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:37 am

Just keep mind thinking about this or that particular theme. What's the problem here? :reading: 8-)

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Re: Meditation on a concept. How?

Postby cherrytigerbarb » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:08 pm

Well isn't that just thinking about something, rather than meditating on it? Isn't meditating on a concept different than just ordinary thinking about it? That doesn't seem like meditation to me, unless you want to replace it with the word "contemplation" which might be more accurate. Am I just getting hung up on semantics, or is meditation in this context something different than just ordinary contemplation?
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Re: Meditation on a concept. How?

Postby Zom » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:27 pm

There are different meditation methods. Some are "contemplations", while others are "recollections". Both are needed, both are useful.
Sometimes they are mixed into one (like, for example, a visualized meditation on a corpse). Sometimes not. It doesn't really matter. What does matter is that you should try to practise that as much as you can .)

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Re: Meditation on a concept. How?

Postby mirco » Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:20 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: Meditation on a concept. How?

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ImageTo become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path. He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self.Image

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Re: Meditation on a concept. How?

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"The foolish reject what they see, not what they think. The wise reject what they think, not what they see." - Huang Po.

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Re: Meditation on a concept. How?

Postby jackson » Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:56 pm

Greetings cherrytigerbarb,
The way I practice is once the mind is calm then I pick a theme to contemplate and use thought to reflect on the theme and then observe what's happening in the mind. For example, to contemplate impermanence you could start by looking at one of the five aggregates such as perception and saying, "ok, is perception impermanent or permanent?", then just drop the thinking and clear the mind and observe. You might see that perception changes from perceiving one object to another, or you may see the very object you perceive as changing. You can even use physical objects, like a knife and label it in different ways to observe the way perception changes. You could label it a tool, and observe the way the mind creates it as a tool, then you could label it a killing device and observe the way the mind perceives that. Then you could try not creating it as anything at all and just see it as it is, without adding any qualities to it. These are just examples, but if you ask the right question and then just observe with bare attention to find your answer you can gain some very deep insights. Anyway, this is just the method I use, but I thought it may be of some help.
Best wishes! :anjali:
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Re: Meditation on a concept. How?

Postby cherrytigerbarb » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:32 pm

Thank you Jackson, that's the clearest explanation so far. It's practical, understandable and I think I will definatelely try it. Thanks again. :bow:
"The foolish reject what they see, not what they think. The wise reject what they think, not what they see." - Huang Po.


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