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What do you think about Buddhism and meditation?

 
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What do you think about Buddhism and meditation?
I'm exploring Buddhism and meditation and I'm wondering what your thoughts are.

Currently I'm reading a book by the Dalai Lama titled The Art Of Happiness.

Tell me what you think about Buddhism and meditation please.
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07/11/2011 11:16 PM
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Re: What do you think about Buddhism and meditation?
Bump for meditation comments, by the way OP, what are you thoughts on meditation?
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07/11/2011 11:17 PM
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i think it very much upsets me that the church went so far out of their way as to label Buddhism a 'religion' and therefore it is seen as such by just about everyone in the west. im glad you found it. i would highly recommend studying Tao and Hindu simultaneously, even if it is just grabbing a used copy of the Tao Te Ching and Bhagavad Gita: As It Is.... the three 'religions' are thus far the best way man has found to communicate the uncommunicable: how to Be.


buddhism is one of many ways to become fully human, to truly experience your existence in this particular material manifestation. may your journey be blessed.
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07/11/2011 11:18 PM
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Re: What do you think about Buddhism and meditation?
Meditation = no thought

It's that simple. You don't need to be in a full lotus or half lotus or even a half nelson. Just get comfortable and stop thinking; just Be.

As for Buddhism, I think dukkha/desire is indeed the root of all suffering. That's pretty much the end of my need for any dogma.
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07/11/2011 11:20 PM
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I just listened to this and holy shit!
[link to youtu.be]

Ive never experienced anything like it before!
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07/11/2011 11:21 PM
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Re: What do you think about Buddhism and meditation?
and meditation is like a light switch in your head for Peace.

i would recommend looking into hemi-sync... ignore all the doubters and skeptics (you'll learn why they are who they are at some point)... it is real, is amazing, and has the ability to heighten this incarnation significantly as i have experienced it.


i am open to any questions any may have on meditation, chakras, chi, mantras, yoga, or any other exploratory techniques... as well as questions on the 3 main teachings i listed in my previous post.
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07/11/2011 11:23 PM
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Re: What do you think about Buddhism and meditation?
If u are interested in both topics than listen-Jack Kornfield - The Inner Art of Meditation.He soo good.
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07/11/2011 11:24 PM
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Re: What do you think about Buddhism and meditation?
Bump for meditation comments, by the way OP, what are you thoughts on meditation?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1388145


I'm very new to meditation, but what I'm realizing right away is that meditation puts me right in the present moment, not the past, and not the future. It's calming and peaceful, and I'm noticing a positive effect in my life already with only 10-15 minutes a day of meditation. I focus on my breathing, and when my mind starts to wander, I bring it gently back to my breathing. It really works.
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07/11/2011 11:27 PM
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years and years of it... waste of time! go be a scientologist.. least they get results!hf
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07/11/2011 11:28 PM
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Energy exist in several forms and can be release excessively in several ways.STRESS & THINKING CONSUME MORE ENERGY.Meditation is process saving cosmic energy being in no thought state.
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i think it very much upsets me that the church went so far out of their way as to label Buddhism a 'religion' and therefore it is seen as such by just about everyone in the west. im glad you found it. i would highly recommend studying Tao and Hindu simultaneously, even if it is just grabbing a used copy of the Tao Te Ching and Bhagavad Gita: As It Is.... the three 'religions' are thus far the best way man has found to communicate the uncommunicable: how to Be.


buddhism is one of many ways to become fully human, to truly experience your existence in this particular material manifestation. may your journey be blessed.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1174439


Yes and what I'm finding out is that Buddhism is not a religion at all, in fact it does not contradict any religion, it can coexist with any religious beliefs.
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i think it very much upsets me that the church went so far out of their way as to label Buddhism a 'religion' and therefore it is seen as such by just about everyone in the west. im glad you found it. i would highly recommend studying Tao and Hindu simultaneously, even if it is just grabbing a used copy of the Tao Te Ching and Bhagavad Gita: As It Is.... the three 'religions' are thus far the best way man has found to communicate the uncommunicable: how to Be.


buddhism is one of many ways to become fully human, to truly experience your existence in this particular material manifestation. may your journey be blessed.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1174439


Yes and what I'm finding out is that Buddhism is not a religion at all, in fact it does not contradict any religion, it can coexist with any religious beliefs.
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My beliefs too OP. Actually the tenants of each religion are all universal IMHO.
The reason Christianity does not recognize Buddhism or any other non/C path is that they do not hold Jesus Christ as the pivital point in {what they call} the Trinity.
Just my 2cents..Good luck. Be blessed. And Share!

peace
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Re: What do you think about Buddhism and meditation?
Is meditating yourself to sleep for the night (if possible) effective in any way?


Or would it be better to meditate for 10 15 minutes and then lay down and go to sleep?
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07/12/2011 12:12 AM
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years and years of it... waste of time! go be a scientologist.. least they get results!hf
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Who's got that kind of money? Meditation is free.
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Is meditating yourself to sleep for the night (if possible) effective in any way?


Or would it be better to meditate for 10 15 minutes and then lay down and go to sleep?
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I'd do it in the morning or middle of the day when you are awake and alert.
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07/12/2011 02:28 AM
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The key to "success" at meditation or the Dharma is the three-fold development of discipline, concentration, and wisdom. It is through these three that we realize enlightenment. This is true whether you are on the Theravada, Mahayana, or the Vajrayana path.

There is so much to meditation and Buddhism... Theravada teachings are more simple, and works for the liberation of oneself from suffering by realizing self-lessness. The Mahayana and Vajrayana paths aim to liberate all sentient beings from the cycle of samsara, and the Vajrayana path, especially, has many many skillful means to purify the mind, gather merit, and work for the benefit of others. It is depending on your character and your past karma that you may feel more attracted to one vehicle ("yana") or another. None is "better" or "worse". The best one is the one that is best for you.

But, no matter your path, you'll never go wrong by starting your meditaiton practice by generating Bodhicitta, which is the desire to benefit all beings through your spiritual practice. The Four Immeasurables are a way of generating the energy of Bodhicitta, and are an excellent thing to pray for before you begin your meditation. It will give your practice real energy and power. You can pray three times, "May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May all being never be parted from the sacred joy which is free from sorrow. May all beings rest in equanimity, free from attachment to those near and hatred to those distant." Really mean it, with your heart, when you pray. Then when you begin your practice, you do the meditation non-conceptually, and with mindfulness. Finally, when you are done with your meditation, dedicate the merit generated by your practice, joined together with all other merits that have been generated in the past, present, and future, for the enlightenment of all sentient beings. This way that merit won't be spoiled by anything, and will be there to benefit all beings, as well as yourself. There three parts of generating the altruistic intent before you begins, practicing non-conceptually, and dedicating the merit when you are done are essential, and will benefit not just yourself, but all beings

Further subjects to study are the six paramitas, which will also help you develop merit and purification of the heart and mind. As for actual meditation, it is essential that you find a qualified teacher. After you dedicate your merit for the benefit of all beings, you can additionally dedicate it to finding an enlightened master who can guide you on the road to perfect enlightenment.

A word of warning: as you will be confronting your own deeply ego and illusions through meditation, extreme difficulties might arise.This means your practice is working. Your ego will not likely go down without a fight, or more likely, many of them. It takes a lot of heart to walk the path to the end. So don't be daunted by difficulties. In fact, you can use them to fuel your faith and committment.

Congratulations on your great fortune to recognize the preciousness to the Buddhist teachings.

May all beings benefit.
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07/12/2011 02:33 AM
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Re: What do you think about Buddhism and meditation?
I like Hinduism better...

but thats probably just because I saw Ganesha that one time..
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The Buddha in each of us knows that no scriptures can save a single soul unless that soul makes the effort to achieve enlightenment

Is it so extraordinary, the marriage of a person to a monster? We are all human. We are all monster. The sage knows this. The Buddha has reconciled the two within himself and transcended both.

Like a thirsty man drinking salt water, desires can never be satisfied. They can be mastered through awakening
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bankei
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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
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07/12/2011 08:08 AM
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bump
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Meditation = no thought

It's that simple. You don't need to be in a full lotus or half lotus or even a half nelson. Just get comfortable and stop thinking; just Be.

As for Buddhism, I think dukkha/desire is indeed the root of all suffering. That's pretty much the end of my need for any dogma.
 Quoting: nancygraceface 1165059


the way I understand it is to be mindful of your thoughts. It`s almost impossible to have no thoughts at all. The point is not in fighting any thoughts that emerge, but to observe them and let them pass by. It sounds easy, but I find it`s very hard indeed. This has helped me a lot:

[link to www.vipassana.com]
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Re: What do you think about Buddhism and meditation?
and meditation is like a light switch in your head for Peace.

i would recommend looking into hemi-sync... ignore all the doubters and skeptics (you'll learn why they are who they are at some point)... it is real, is amazing, and has the ability to heighten this incarnation significantly as i have experienced it.


i am open to any questions any may have on meditation, chakras, chi, mantras, yoga, or any other exploratory techniques... as well as questions on the 3 main teachings i listed in my previous post.
 Quoting: Nysticles 1174439


holo-sync is better than hemi-sync. hemi-sync is like the cheapo rip-off version of holo-sync and doesn't work as well as holo-sync does.

buddhism and meditation is the way to go :D
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bump
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Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

R)
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07/13/2011 04:35 PM
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Not fullfilling. If I want to take the spotlight off of me, I'd rather commune with God and pray. Better to have a full mind than an empty one.
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07/13/2011 08:19 PM
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Love it.hf

Had one of the most profound dreams of my life in a setting that was Tibet. I was at a house party where fruit pasteries were being served. They tasted out of this world.

In the bottom level of the house was a Stupa cabinet that was filled with teas.

There was a mirrored wall and a ballet bar and a woman who was all green with the most beautiful green eyes and heavily adorned was dancing.

This is before I even knew about the Green Tara.

Right after this dream I wanted to become a Buddhist nun as I thought I had received a calling from the Green Tara.

Obviously, to this day, I have special reference, love and devotion to this deity.
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07/14/2011 04:07 AM
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shortcut...fire up an imaginary conversation with god

persist
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07/14/2011 04:37 AM
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Re: What do you think about Buddhism and meditation?
chew
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Its all about peace.
Its what the west is missing.
Its what will heal.

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