Describe Meditation in one sentence

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Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Laurens » Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:12 pm

Like the other topic.

Okay here's my attempt:

Back to the present ;)
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:54 pm

“Be mindful of each and every mental and physical phenomenon throughout the entire day, without a break.” (Chanmyay Sayādaw U Janaka)
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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:50 am

Something I should do more of ;)

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Laurens » Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:57 am

retrofuturist wrote:Something I should do more of ;)

Metta,
Retro. :)


I can relate to that one very much!
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:07 am

one word
LIFE
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Guy » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:30 am

Meditation is the practice of turning the lights on.
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Kenshou » Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:06 am

P'raps I've been reading too much Ajahn Brahm but "letting go" is the first thing to come to my mind.

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Guy » Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:06 am

Since someone has mentioned Ajahn Brahm I thought I would share this talk which made a lot of sense to me: http://www.bswa.org/modules/mydownloads/visit.php?cid=75&lid=899 on the subject of non-measuring. He uses the simile of being a passenger instead of a backseat driver.

Ajahn Brahm has a few good one sentence summaries of meditation, two that stay in my mind are:

"Open the door of your heart to whatever you're experiencing."
"Make peace with the present moment."

All the same principles really.
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Reductor » Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:29 am

Stay... stay.. easy does it now.
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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Jechbi » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:52 am

One mistake after another.

(to steal a line from Zen)

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Laurens » Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:52 am

Laurens wrote:Back to the present ;)


I just realised, this could be a trilogy of movies!
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby PeterB » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:16 am

Without wanting to be a killjoy I rather think that these "in one sentence threads are more fun than of great usefulness, its a bit like instant mash potato.. :smile: Having said that, one definition I liked was " a condition of awareness characterised by a constant flow of positive mental states ".

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Collective » Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:05 am

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:“Be mindful of each and every mental and physical phenomenon throughout the entire day, without a break.” (Chanmyay Sayādaw U Janaka)

What then does this achieve?

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:13 am

Collective wrote:
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:“Be mindful of each and every mental and physical phenomenon throughout the entire day, without a break.” (Chanmyay Sayādaw U Janaka)

What then does this achieve?
increased concentration, mindfulness and insight.
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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Laurens » Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:19 am

PeterB wrote:Without wanting to be a killjoy I rather think that these "in one sentence threads are more fun than of great usefulness, its a bit like instant mash potato.. :smile: Having said that, one definition I liked was " a condition of awareness characterised by a constant flow of positive mental states ".


I hear you, but a bit of fun never hurt no one, if someone wants detailed instructions they can buy a book or visit a teacher :tongue:
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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby catmoon » Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:46 pm

How about one line? There's an old quote from a farmer

"Sometimes I sits and thinks. Sometimes I just sits."

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Cafael Dust » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:31 pm

Not turning away.
Not twice, not three times, not once,
the wheel is turning.

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby cooran » Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:51 pm

tiltbillings wrote:
Collective wrote:
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:“Be mindful of each and every mental and physical phenomenon throughout the entire day, without a break.” (Chanmyay Sayādaw U Janaka)

What then does this achieve?
increased concentration, mindfulness and insight.



Yeah ~ you know .... exactly what the Buddha taught.
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Karma Dondrup Tashi » Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:17 pm

"Please don't meditate".

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Re: Describe Meditation in one sentence

Postby Kokoro » Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:45 pm

"The Optimization of the Mind."


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