beautiful breath wrote:I asked this recently on another forum. My Theravada friends actually meditate for often over an hour - wheras my Tibetan Buddhist friends split their practice into say 20mins prayers - 15mins actual meditation - 15mins closing prayers.
Does this meant that we are not spending enough time actually meditating?
The first thing to look at is that even the end goal in Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist (Vajrayana) is the same, each is a distinct path with its own strategy, goals, methods, and objectives along its path.
Theravada, based on the Sutra teachings--takes renunciation as its primary strategy. You examine cause and effect and look to eliminate the cause of negative results. Very straightforward--and lots of calmness and insight meditation to do.
Vajrayana, takes into account Sutra, as well as Mahayana text and tantras. Here the primary strategy is transformation--visualization, recitation of mantras, and uses methods of working with energy. The teacher takes on a central and important role in this path, and there are other practices to do besides calmness and insight meditation.
Ati-yoga, or self-liberation is concerned with directly discovering your own nature (rigpa) as its strategy, as uses direct introduction by a teacher, and have other types of practices yet.
So to the question of whether one is spending enough time meditating, the answer is dependent on the path you are following, and on the particular guidelines set out by the teacher in each case.
The different paths are there to fit the various needs, interests, and capacities, as people are different.