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Analytic meditation

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Analytic meditation

Postby Kaktus » Thu May 19, 2011 7:54 am

I wonder if there is any kind of formal analytic meditation within theravada. Some kind of meditation in which one looks intelectually on a specific subject. For example wheter it is more useful to surf on dhammawheel.com or rereading some of ones favorite suttas. Just to name some silly sample

Can this be called a meditation at all? Or is this just contemplative thinking on a cussion with eyes closed?

Please share your experiences or give me some place to read further.

Thank you all
English isn´t my native language. So please accept my apologies for my kind of spelling and grammar ;-)

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Re: Analytic meditation

Postby SeekingTruth » Thu May 19, 2011 8:07 am

Interesting question and I look forward to any answers provided.
"Just go into the center of the room, and put one chair in the center. Take the one seat in the center of the room, open the doors and windows, and see who comes to visit. You will witness all kinds of scenes and actors, all kinds of temptations and stories, everything imaginable. Your only job is to stay in your seat. You will see it arise and pass, and out of this, wisdom and understanding will come." —AJAHN CHAH

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Re: Analytic meditation

Postby legolas » Thu May 19, 2011 10:32 am

The suttas are full of analytical contemplations. However not everybody would agree.

The sutta below is hard evidence of analytical "meditation", that cannot in any way be mistaken for anything else. It also states quite clearly that this meditation will give rise to the factors of the path.


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Re: Analytic meditation

Postby Slava » Thu May 19, 2011 7:37 pm

How does one know that the results of his intellectual meditation are not distorted due to presence of desires and ill-will in the mind? I tend to agree with Ajahn Brahm that the mind has to be absolutely still before you can see things as they really are. So, perhaps it is better to start with Samadhi, otherwise you could end up speculating about stuff instead of gaining actual insights.

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Re: Analytic meditation

Postby Alex123 » Thu May 19, 2011 8:08 pm

"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Analytic meditation

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Re: Analytic meditation

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Re: Analytic meditation

Postby Alex123 » Fri May 20, 2011 7:59 pm

"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Analytic meditation

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Re: Analytic meditation

Postby rowyourboat » Sat May 21, 2011 4:25 pm

With Metta

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Re: Analytic meditation

Postby Alex123 » Sat May 21, 2011 4:44 pm

"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Analytic meditation

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Re: Analytic meditation

Postby Alex123 » Sat May 21, 2011 6:11 pm

"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Analytic meditation

Postby legolas » Sun May 22, 2011 9:16 am

Definitely :smile:

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Re: Analytic meditation

Postby legolas » Thu May 26, 2011 6:33 am

A whole host of subjects that are suitable for contemplation can be found here:-



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