A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

A deeper look at meditation (introduction)

What is meditation? In many religions and spiritual practices, meditation is a key tool. To put it simply mediation is focusing the mind to a single point or state. I say point or state not thought, as if your goal is not to have any thoughts, then that is a state of mind. In Buddhist mediation, the goal is to have a blank mind, much like a painters blank canvas. However where as the painter will be applying brush to canvas to add a new dimension of color, when meditating the slightest addition to our blanked mind needs to be removed, before it fills our thoughts.

When we first start to practice meditation, it is hard work. If you were in a gym exercising your physical muscles, you would probably here the saying no pain, no gain. Regardless of what we do, natures laws require us to make an effort to achieve success. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. However all the effort in the world will not make much practice with out, acquiring some basic skill. Just as a player of any sport, must learn the rules, and how to move, so must the you learn the necessary adjustments to the body, breath, and mind, to be prepared. Many Buddhist Temples offer meditation classes, where you can learn under a teachers guidance. The bliss from achieving a pure mind, is said to be unlike anything else you have experienced. Over the next several days, I will outline what I have learned so far, but please research and test what I say before you adopt it.

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