Comprehensive List of Practices and Meditation Styles

Discussion of meditation in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions.
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Re: Comprehensive List of Meditation Styles

Postby Roland » Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:17 pm

What about deity practices? There are so many and there are different variations according to different traditions and lineages.
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Re: Comprehensive List of Meditation Styles

Postby Madhyama Pratipada » Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:22 pm

sarvopalambhopaśamah prapañcopaśamah śivah
na kimcitkasyacitkaścid dharmo buddhena deśitah

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Re: Comprehensive List of Meditation Styles

Postby Astus » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:07 pm

Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.



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Re: Comprehensive List of Meditation Styles

Postby plwk » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:22 pm

If is of any use...

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Re: Comprehensive List of Meditation Styles

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: Comprehensive List of Meditation Styles

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: Comprehensive List of Meditation Styles

Postby Madhyama Pratipada » Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:06 pm

To help clarify, let me rephrase the original question.

What would you call the practice (or set of practices) you do when you set aside time to practice?

For example, I practice zazen, shikantaza, kinhin, satipatthana-vipassana, anapanasati, and metta bhavana.
sarvopalambhopaśamah prapañcopaśamah śivah
na kimcitkasyacitkaścid dharmo buddhena deśitah

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Re: Comprehensive List of Meditation Styles

Postby dharmagoat » Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:15 pm

In my rather uneven Buddhist career, I have practiced the following:

Ānāpānasati
Mettā bhāvanā
Zazen
Shikantaza
Kinhin
Tonglen
Chenrezig pūjā
Ngöndro (Taking refuge, Prostrations)
Mahāmudrā aspiration prayer
Various other prayers and chants

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Re: Comprehensive List of Meditation Styles

Postby Astus » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:13 pm

It seems to me you are not looking for a list of Buddhist meditations but rather all sorts of religious activities done in Buddhism. And that actually includes the entirety of Buddhism, like taking refuge, prostrations, reading, contemplating and listening to teachings, chanting, observing precepts, various rituals, freeing animals, and so on. Meditation is only a smaller part of those activities, and it is different from reciting texts, saying prayers, performing rituals, thinking about teachings, etc. Meditation is about actively calming (shamatha) and understanding (vipashyana) the mind with the purpose of attaining liberation. While for instance copying a sutra is a merit making activity, in itself it doesn't lead to seeing clearly the true nature of mind, and it doesn't even bring about any level of absorption, thus it is not a meditative practice, although it is certainly a Buddhist religious activity.
Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.



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Re: Comprehensive List of Meditation Styles

Postby Madhyama Pratipada » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:24 pm

sarvopalambhopaśamah prapañcopaśamah śivah
na kimcitkasyacitkaścid dharmo buddhena deśitah

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Re: Comprehensive List of Meditation Styles

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: Comprehensive List of Practices and Meditation Styles

Postby zerwe » Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:20 am

Has anyone listed Mahasati (awareness with movement) meditation?
Shaun :anjali:

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Re: Comprehensive List of Practices and Meditation Styles

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Re: Comprehensive List of Practices and Meditation Styles

Postby Roland » Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:56 pm

Chod?
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Re: Comprehensive List of Practices and Meditation Styles

Postby dharmagoat » Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:52 pm

Here is a first draft of the master list.

I have included at the bottom activities that are not related to the Dharma but occur in a retreat setting, reflecting the purpose for which this particular version of the list is intended.

Also, it is very likely that the various Vajrayana practices are still not adequately represented, as my knowledge of them is shaky at best.

Contemplation of Colored Discs (Kasina Bhāvanā)
Contemplation of Foulness (Asubha Bhāvanā)
Recollection of the Buddha (Buddhānussati)
Recollection of the Dhamma (Dhammānussati)
Recollection of the Sangha (Sanghānussati)
Recollection of Virtue (Sīlānussati)
Recollection of Generosity (Cāgānussati)
Recollection of the Devas (Devatānussati)
Reflection on Nibbāna (Upasamānussati)
Reflection on Death (Maranānussati)
Mindfulness of Breathing (Ānāpānasati)
Contemplation of Loving Kindness (Mettā Bhāvanā)
Contemplation of Compassion (Karunā Bhāvanā)
Contemplation of Sympathetic Joy (Muditā Bhāvanā)
Contemplation of Equanimity (Upekkhā Bhāvanā)
Reflection on the Formless Jhānas (Arūpa-jhāna)
Reflection on Loathesomeness of Food (Āhāre-paṭikūla-saññā)
Analysis of the Four Elements (Catu-dhātu-vavatthāna)
Other Cultivation of Tranquility (Samatha/Śamatha/Shiné)
Mindfulness of the Body (Kāyagatāsati)
Mindfulness of Feelings (Vedanāsati)
Mindfulness of Mental Activity (Cittasati)
Mindfulness of Dhammā Subjects (Dhammāsati)
Other Insight Meditation (Vipassanā/Vipaśyanā/Lhaktong)
Mindful Eating (Ōryōki)
Mindful Working (Samu)
Mindful Walking (Kinhin)
Other Mindful Activity
Zazen
Shikantaza, Silent Illumination
Kōan, Huatou
Nembutsu/Niànfó
Giving and Receiving (Tonglen)
Mind Training (Lojong)
Refuge, Prostrations
Vajrasattva Purification
Maṇḍala Offering
Guru Yoga
Deity Yoga
Death Yoga
Phowa
Other Yoga Practice
Gaṇacakra/Tsok
Chöd
Other Tantric Practice
Dzogchen
Mahāmudrā
Other Meditation
Sutta/Sūtra Recitation
Vow Recitation
Prayer Recitation
Pūjā Recitation
Other Recitation
Opening|Closing Ceremony
Other Ceremony
Lecture, Class, Dharma Talk (Teisho)
Instruction
Interview (Sanzen, Dokusan)
Study, Reading
Online Chat
Tea, Beverages
Light Meal, Supper
Main Meal (Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner)
Clean-up, Tidying, Chores (Soji)
Work
Walking, Exercise
Hatha Yoga, Calisthenics, Stretching
Qigong, Taichi
Rest Period, Leisure Time
Preparation Time, Bathroom Break
Sleep
Other Activity

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Re: Comprehensive List of Practices and Meditation Styles

Postby dharmagoat » Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:34 pm

I am not at all confident that our list properly represents all Buddhist practices and rely on others (particularly Vajrayanists) to point out where it might be inadequate.

If no feedback is received, I can conclude one of three things: 1) There is nothing to improve and the list can be considered a reliable resource, 2) The list is so flawed that no-one even knows where to start critiquing it, or 3) No-one cares.

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Re: Comprehensive List of Practices and Meditation Styles

Postby Ramon1920 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:26 am

The idea of this is that you want to post instructions online for all these activities or create a venue for random people online to give instructions on these things as advice and support?

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Re: Comprehensive List of Practices and Meditation Styles

Postby Madhyama Pratipada » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:46 am

sarvopalambhopaśamah prapañcopaśamah śivah
na kimcitkasyacitkaścid dharmo buddhena deśitah

MMK 25.24

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Re: Comprehensive List of Practices and Meditation Styles

Postby Ramon1920 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:06 am

My guess is that the logs would be public because people can use a notebook privately.
So the purpose is to inform other people of how much you're meditating?

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