Meditation is practised around the world, regardless of religion, social status, skin color, or geographical region. And no matter what religious system, meditation is present in one form or another; prayer, mantras, affirmations, are all forms of meditation.
Buddhist meditation is one of the most widely used meditation types. Its main goal is to get to the path of Enlightenment. Mental development and mind over body is also considered to be one of the goals of Buddhist meditation. The body is controlled by the mind and because of this, Buddhist meditation practitioners have claimed that in order for your body to function properly, you have to get rid of the negative energy inside your mind by meditating.
A lot of people have claimed that through Buddhist meditation methods, they were able to live life happier lives and have reduced any negative thoughts that can affect their daily life. They also said that they don’t get angry so often even if they get stuck in a long traffic jam or when their boss gives them a hard time. They said that all they do to get rid of anger is do some of the Buddhist meditation they learned.
Buddhist meditation is broadly divided into Shamatha and Vipashyana practices. Shamatha practice calms the mind and helps develops focused concentration and help bring about positive emotions. Vipashyana practice builds on the calmness, focus, and positive emotion created in Shamatha, and allows developing a full awareness of the interconnectedness nature of our lives.
Main Buddhist practices
- Mindfulness of Breathing, which brings about mental stillness.
- Walking meditation, which brings awareness into your body and your everyday activities.
- Mantra meditation, which helps get us a calm mind and connect us with our deeper levels of subconsciousness.
If you practice only one of these on a daily basis, your mental, soul and body health will be at their peak at all times.
“Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we know what to do and what not to do to help.” Thich Nhat Hanh
A gentle introduction to Buddhist meditation offers Buddhist Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield (CD)
Jack Kornfield illuminates Buddhism’s most essential teachings, and how they make it possible to overcome challenging mental states such as fear, confusion, and anger.