The mental exercise known as meditation is found in all religious systems. Prayer is a form of discursive meditation, and in Hinduism the reciting of slokas and mantras is employed to tranquilize the mind to a state of receptivity. In most of these systems the goal is identified with the particular psychic results that ensue, sometimes very quickly; and the visions that come in the semi-trance state, or the sounds that are heard, are considered to be the end-result of the exercise. This is not the case in the forms of meditation practiced in Buddhism.
Indeed, a Buddhist meditation center may be the ideal place to learn about and practice meditation. Sure, you could always meditate at home; but you’ll face constant intrusions from your family, from visitors, and from wonderful but loud modern conveniences such as the television, the telephone, the radio, etc. Home may indeed be where the heart is, but it seldom offers a guarantee of absolute quiet and privacy; or the pure, orderly atmosphere needed to facilitate successful meditation.
If you’re in search of the ultimate meditative experience, then Buddhist meditation retreats may be the answer.
Buddhist meditation retreats are comprehensive centers for the time-honored meditative practice. This is a place where you can immerse yourself in the art of meditation, learning and practicing the rules and techniques that define this art. You literally breathe, eat, talk and live meditation at these centers, affording yourself the rare opportunity to visit a place of peace, tranquility and ultimate enlightenment.
by Laura Schneider5 years ago
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Is there value in Buddhist meditation for people of other faiths?What is the value in Buddhist meditation for people of other religions, such as Christianity? Can it be combined with Christian spiritual practices?
by Angela Rhodes8 years ago
I'm surprised there are no other threads here, because I find Buddhism to be very interesting. I have read some introductory books but find them overwhelming. Here is what I really want to know:If I were a...
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