Kyosan wrote:I think you are right. Meditation usually involves sitting but when you do mundane things mindfully the same thing happens that happens when you meditate. Your mind is quieted and you are focusing on something.
When you do mundane tasks without trying to be mindful, it's no different from what people normally do and it's not the same as meditation. When you meditate or practice mindfulness you need to exert some effort to concentrate your mind.
I don't practice Tantric Buddhism and don't know what tantra is but I think that what I said above pretty much applies to anything.
It can be, or so I'm told.
You have entered the door of Mahayana where practice is in everyday life in every movement that you make and where one practices letting go of acting upon pre-distinction of forms. Pre-distinction of forms ( in terms of self and others from Dependent Origination) is what brought us here in the first place. Pre-distinction of forms in terms of teachings without practice when they are one. Pre-distinction of forms in terms of focusing on one aspect of practice (such as a certain time for meditation only) without incorporating wholesome of practice into one's life. Pre-distinction of forms in terms of people and environment-this means that we are reacting to what we see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. Practice not reacting to forms is practice concentration, and pro-longed concentration will lead to wisdom.
Consider Conduct, Concentration, and Wisdom...Conduct talks about a broad area of practice and not just following precepts. In other words, anything that will lead to concentration is conduct. Meditation is conduct, giving donations is conduct, treating people equally is conduct, help family with chores is conduct. Practice letting go of selfish thinking and thinking and acting to benefit others is conduct, practice letting go of detachments (from a broad range of what we attach to in everyday life) especially material things is conduct,etc,etc. Conduct will lead to concentration to wisdom. So three is one for you cannot have one without the other two.
Practicing Tantra properly (conduct) will lead to concentration
Practicing Meditation Meditation properly (conduct) will lead to concentration
Practicing Pure Land properly (conduct) will lead to concentration
Pure Land needs Pure Mind. Practicing Pure Land is cultivating a Pure Mind. When Mind is Pure, Land (environment and sentient beings) is Pure. Currently our Land on earth is not Pure because Our Mind is not pure. From this you can understand the relationship between Mind and the physical realm as they are two sides of the same coin. When disturbed, Mind created the physical realms, samsara, hells, etc. Mind here means Buddha Nature.
So practice is leading to concentration and away from disturbed.