Music wrote:I don't mean general meditation but specifically what is the Tibetan meditation technique? Is it similar to other Buddhist practices like vipasana? What makes it unique?
there are many different techniques. most essential is shamatha (calm-abiding) and vipashayana (insight meditation).
very basic. they both work separately and in union at different levels of practice and practices.
and there is Mahamudra meditation. but one usually needs to establish some stability in the first two techniques.
shamatha and vipashyana i would say are pretty similar to other meditation techniques.
one might say the uniqueness of Mahamudra in the sense of understanding that there is the quality of all phenomena and not having to get rid of or block out anything. but i think you might find this in other meditation practices. Shikantaza, (just sitting) in Soto Zen tradition, comes to mind.
the uniqueness comes in every individuals conditions and circumstances. therefore, specific meditation instructions.
many rivers, leading to the ocean of Dharma.