Finding a Primer on Buddhist Meditation

The desire for Buddhist meditation has become great as time goes by. Meditation is a popular practice to all Buddhists. Meditation is important in that it helps to relieve stress. This meditation also aims at helping in concentration of the mind as well as making one more aware of his/her surroundings.

Meditation among Buddhists is all about trying to search for better understanding and a focused mind in the natural beauty of our environment and its loveliness. It also tries to divert the mind from the world of violence and aggression. It is therefore a way of pursuing a peaceful realm, that state of love and kindness that exists beneath the cruelty that characterizes our world.

Buddhist meditation is similar to other types of meditation only that it focuses on a specific object or a function in life. The tenet is to re-focus your mind on one object such as breathing. Concentration on breathing is very important. Here, emphasis is on how air inhalation and exhalation takes a pattern causing an interesting rhythm slowly. The idea is to avoid distractions from the external environment and the best way to achieve this goal is to concentrate on the breathing.

Another essential aspect of Buddhist meditation is the posture adopted during meditation. It is said that posture determines the rhythm and effectiveness of breathing. This greatly contributes to the ability to think deeply so as to reach the level where the soul reigns.

The most popular posture adopted is sitting in a cross-legged fashion or even lying on one's back. According to this type of meditation, it is easy to find your soul when you practice it. This is one of the aspects of Buddhist meditation which makes it different from other kinds of meditation. It is believed to help you easily gain a real insight into your true self.

Buddhist meditation is always projected at sharpening people's perceptions since it opens one's mind. The major difference between this kind of meditation and other types of meditation is that the Buddhist meditation focuses on attaining certain visions. This vision is part of religious beliefs regarding certain objects. Those who practice this meditation find it easy to find this particular vision state.

When it comes to the Buddhist practitioner, achieving a vision state is seen as an obstacle to attaining the real goal of meditation. Most of them consider this as unreal or just a delusive feeling of/about someone's sense of satisfaction. It is regarded as false as it makes one think he or she has gained the full purpose of her or his religious endeavors. The practitioner only understands that he/she has done some objectification of any thing which was in his or her mind.

What might be the real purpose for practicing Buddhist mediation? It helps to expel suffering in terms of a hurt self-esteem and the derivation of one's pleasure and increase in pain. It also teaches the individual to eject from the mind anything that they see as permanent. Reality comes in and reveals its temporariness. Thus the majority of people practicing Buddhist mediation may only be aiming to have a relaxed mind and relieve themselves from stress of this crazy world.

Tom Fazio is a personal fitness trainer and martial arts instructor. He writes on meditation for beginners, including meditation tips and suggestions on how to meditate .


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