Essay on The Meditation Of Buddhist Meditation

1173 Words Nov 20th, 2015 5 Pages
Buddhism is an ancient religion that began in India around 2500 years ago in the 5th century. It was founded by Siddhartha Gautama who reached enlightenment and a state of Nirvana. Buddhism does not worship any Gods, rather it seeks to find enlightenment through meditation. Meditation is a core expression of spirituality in the Buddhism faith. Meditation is a means of transforming the mind and is practiced with techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotion positivity and a calm seeing of the true nature of things (Project Meditation, 2007). Buddhist meditation is an ancient spiritual expression which has been around since around 500B.C, where Siddhartha Gautama was said to have achieved enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi tree. Buddha taught many different types of meditation each designed to overcome a particular problem. The two most common are Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapana Sati) and Loving Kindness Meditation (AZO Network, 2009). They are performed in different poses, postures with accompanying hand gestures, all which have a different meaning and relate to varying important events in the life of – or past life of Buddha. It is beneficial to meditate fifteen to forty-five minutes each day – focusing on place – somewhere quiet where one won’t be disturbed; posture – commonly legs folded and straight back; practice – eyes closed and focusing on breath and mantras and problems in order to make a deeper mental calm and inner…

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