Tuesday, July 10, 2007

How do you Meditate?

I'd like to open up a thread for readers to discuss the ins and outs of meditation--especially since I'm aware that some readers are new to the practice. What specific techniques have you found useful, or problematic? Does anyone need help/advice? I'd be happy to hear from you...
Here are links to a few posts about meditation from my fellow Buddhist bloggers.

The Middle Way
The Zen Housewife
Tyson Williams

5 comments:

john Freeman said...

After 20+ years of exposure to various meditation teachers I got instruction from a westerner who was taught by the Dalai Lama and numerous other of the DLs' associates over many years.

He teaches a technique which trains your mind to be capable of meditation .... or to be capable of Vipassana ... ie insight. Big difference.

Google Alan Wallace PhD.

When I got insrucion from him it was like day vs night.

jfreemand1@aol.com

john Freeman said...

After 20+ years of exposure to various meditation teachers I got instruction from a westerner who was taught by the Dalai Lama and numerous other of his associates over many years.

He teaches a technique which trains your mind to be able to meditate .... or to be capable of Vipassana ie insight. Big difference.

Google Alan Wallace PhD.

When I got insrucion from him it was like day vs night.

Richard said...

I usually sit in a comfortable old chair that belonged to my maternal grandmother, I prefer a simple breath counting method.

I normally try for about 15 minutes in the morning, though quietening the mind for that time can be very problematic!

khengsiong said...

I do Mindfulness Meditation too. Many people call it Vipassana, but I find this term limiting, because it excludes Samatha.

Since last year I also started to meditate in standing posture. I wish to get healtheir...

Michael said...

Ilchi Lee has a fantastic reputation due to what he teaches and how he uses his mind. Ilchi Lee was driven at youth to ask deep inner questions about his existence, which is a question that we all bring up sometimes. Ilchi Lee is also a master of Teak Kwon Do and spent 21 days alone meditating. Meditate is to reflect deeply on a subject. Meditate to think to intently and at length as for spiritual purposes. This is similar to what many of us do. How many times have you been sitting around bored, just staring into nothing. You are meditating. Ilchi Lee also traveled across the USA and stumbled across a city to start teaching his ideas. This wonderful and beautiful city was Sedona, Arizona. Finally, Ilchi Lee

Book of Joshua: Isaac went out to meditate in the field.
Hebrew word; talk to himself. To devise, imagine.
Greek word; what people do to make sure they can teach

-SRV