What Vipassana, Jhana, Bhavana, Walking etc meditations are?

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What Vipassana, Jhana, Bhavana, Walking etc meditations are?

Postby Valujira » Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:38 pm

Hello and good evening :anjali:

I heard a lot the meditation named Vipassana, and also sometimes Bhavana, walking, Jhana, Anapanasati, and I wanted to ask for short explanations of what it is and what are the purposes of these meditations?

When I meditate, I usually meditate half and hour a day with an intention to one hour per-day, I am not chanting mantras or something like that, I'm simply sitting full lotus and listening to my breathe, without interfering to the speed and rate of the breathe, and also if some thoughts are beginning to arise, I am not trying to ignore them, nor attach to them, I'm simply concentrating in them and they vanish and disappear.

Is this meditation is good? I like it, but I would like to know what each of the above-mentioned meditations exactly are, a short explanation for each.

By the way, I read the Bible, Quran, Mahabharta, Tipitaka etc a lot, so I really know the meaning of being kind and good, I mean I am not studying these virtues from meditation, I don't achieve anything from meditation, I guess only remove the anger, hatred, clinging and so on.

With metta

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May all beings be happy
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Re: What Vipassana, Jhana, Bhavana, Walking etc meditations

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:56 pm

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Re: What Vipassana, Jhana, Bhavana, Walking etc meditations

Postby Valujira » Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:20 am

Thank you my friend :)
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Re: What Vipassana, Jhana, Bhavana, Walking etc meditations

Postby bodom » Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:27 am

See this:

Introduction To Insight Meditation
http://www.budsas.org/ebud/ebmed012.htm

It is excellent.

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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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