Buddhist Meditation Techniques

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There are many Buddhist meditation techniques. Meditation is a major aspect in Buddhism and is considered to be the most important step on the path to enlightenment.

Here are 2 basic ways to meditate. These meditation techniques are considered the cornerstones in Buddhist meditation practice.

Buddhist Meditation Techniques

    Samatha, which means peace and tranquility and is meant to develop concentration and mindfulness.

    Vipassana, meaning insight, the ability to clearly and deeply understand life.

Samatha is used to develop mindfulness. You will develop your awareness and see what is real in life by awakening to its true reality.

The Samatha technique is object meditation. As you meditate on your object of choice you concentrate on every aspect of that object.

    Objects can be something you can hold in your hands like beads, in which case you can also recite a mantra with each bead. Or you can hold a stone, noticing its weight and how it feels in your hand. Any object will do especially if it has special meaning for you.

    Visual objects such as a candle flame, a photo, or flower, anything you make a connection with. See each characteristic of the object including how it makes you feel emotionally.

    Sound objects are also used, like the sound of a bell, music, drums, or even the sound of a waterfall. Any sounds that you find soothing will do.

As you concentrate on the object you will experience everything about that object and at the same time remain aware of what you are doing without getting lost in it. You can maintain your awareness by noticing, for example “Now I am holding this stone.” Now I am and noticing its weight and texture.” Use this method to help you stay aware of the moment and what you are doing in the meditation.

Vipassana is much different from the first technique. It is developing an inner understand of your own body and inner thought processes through concentration. Take the word “insight” meaning seeing within beyond the surface. Vipassana is preparation; it is building a foundation from which true insight grows. With insight comes the end of delusion and you see yourself and life as it is truly meant to be.

Your first step in developing a rewarding meditation practice is to know yourself and that is what Vipassana is about. Of the 2 ways to meditate this meditation technique is considered the most important practice to include on your path to enlightenment. What I have explained here is the main supporting foundation of Buddhist meditation techniques.

An understanding of the techniques behind Buddhist meditation will give you the tools to better gain the benefits of meditation.

One of his students asked Buddha, "Are you the messiah?"
"No", answered Buddha.
"Then are you a healer?"
"No", Buddha replied.
"Then are you a teacher?" the student persisted.
"No, I am not a teacher."
"Then what are you?" asked the student, exasperated.
"I am awake", Buddha replied.

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