Meditation is a meditative state of mind that has a different but sometimes closely related role in religions. Nevertheless, today, meditation is more widely linked to sort out personal issues and becoming focused at different levels. Today in the modern world, meditation is proven beneficial by sports athletes to visualise their goals and how to achieve success in their performances. Meditation practice in various ways, nevertheless Buddha described only two different meditation practices. The main aim of Buddhist Meditation is to purify the mind of all negative tendencies—such as greed; anger and delusion, through mind control and secondly gain insight.
The two forms
- Shamata meditation in Tibetan shi-né, shi means peace or peaceful and né means rest or stay peaceful, mostly known as mindfulness.
- Vipassana comes from Sanskrit, means to understand deeply) or the meditation of profound vision. Vipassana practised when some stability achieved throughout Shamata meditation. Vipassana makes it possible to access deeper inside the subtle mind, approaching wisdom by getting insight into the true nature of things. Meditation on the antidote or on pacifying negative emotions performs in several ways, in fact, Buddha taught 84.000 different ways. However, the most known techniques below
In theistic religions, there is a common practice of persons contemplating scripture or icons or holy teaching during the practitioner opening her mind to the presence of God. In Buddhism, meditation often takes a different course. The goal of meditation may be to see through the translucent, spurious nature of ego-driven desire. Or discover the unreality of the ostensible substantial self and some methods are described both as extremely powerful, yet dangerous for individuals to practice and should not be done without years of preparation with skilful masters and training to avoid falling into ego-driven desire instead of the opposite. See Gross National Happiness (GNH)
Recommended the happiness and meditation series
- Happiness comes from harmony, not money or fame
- Happiness comes when we manage to escape our desire
- Real happiness comes from within, don’t seek outside