Tara wrote:Madhyama Pratipada wrote:A friend and I are seeking to compile a comprehensive list of Buddhist meditation styles across traditions.
Hi Madhyama Pratipada
Apologies for butting in but I was wondering if the list you are compiling has a specific purpose more than say for personal interest ...... or the joy attained in list making.Madhyama Pratipada wrote:Forgive me for enjoying list-making so much.
If there is a specific purpose it may be helpful or of benefit for the reader to know what that purpose is.
Roland wrote:What about deity practices? There are so many and there are different variations according to different traditions and lineages.
gregkavarnos wrote:Well, I must say you have quite a task ahead of you. At the retreat seminar I went to this year we learnt around twenty different techniques for shine (calm abiding) meditation.
Madhyama Pratipada wrote:Meditation for the purpose of this list refers to formal practice, particularly within the categories of shamatha and vipashyanā. A few examples from the present Mahayana list of meditation styles are included below:
Madhyama Pratipada wrote:In addition to meditation styles, we're interested in other activities people consider part of their formal practice, including but not limited to activities practiced on retreat. We also intend to run a survey/poll about the most widely used forms of meditation in the near future.
So this inquiry consists of two main questions:
1. What are the various forms of meditation that are practiced in Buddhism - whether specific to a certain school or universal to all schools?
2. What other activities (apart from meditation) are typical of your practice and/or retreat settings?
Madhyama Pratipada wrote:What would you call the practice (or set of practices) you do when you set aside time to practice?
Astus wrote: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.
zerwe wrote:Has anyone listed Mahasati (awareness with movement) meditation?
Ramon1920 wrote: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?
Ramon1920 wrote: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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