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By Sarah Shaw

ISBN-10: 020300731X

ISBN-13: 9780203007310

ISBN-10: 041535918X

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Meditative perform lies on the middle of the Buddhist culture. This introductory anthology provides a consultant pattern of a few of the varieties of meditations defined within the earliest physique of Buddhist scripture, the Pali canon. It offers a extensive advent to their conventional context and perform and provides clarification, context and doctrinal history to the topic of meditation. the most subject matters of the publication are the range and suppleness of ways that the Buddha teaches meditation from the proof of the canon. masking primary gains of Buddhist perform equivalent to posture, lay meditation, and meditative procedure it presents reviews either from the critical early commentators on Buddhist perform, Upatissa and Buddhaghosa, and from respected sleek meditation lecturers in a couple of Theravadin traditions. this is often the 1st booklet on Pali Buddhism which introduces the reader to the big variety of the canon. It demonstrates that the Buddha's meditative culture nonetheless deals a course of perform as mysterious, awe-inspiring but as freshly obtainable because it used to be centuries in the past, and will be of curiosity to scholars and students of Buddhism in addition to Buddhist practitioners.

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To those who know, that is the deathless. (Dhp 371–4) Starting meditation This famous text emphasizes some basic points regarded to this day as essential prerequisites for anyone wishing to practise meditation, in any tradition. Much of its subtlety lies in the craft of its construction and the Buddha’s tactful treatment of a novice: Meghiya’s first request for permission to go to Jantugama for alms is given immediately and he is told do as he thinks fit; the second request, for permission to go and meditate in the mango grove, is cautiously granted only after it has been made three times.

In whom there are both meditation and wisdom: he is, indeed, close to nibbana. When a monk has gone into an empty place, and has calmed his mind, experiences a delight that transcends that of men, seeing the dhamma truly. Whenever he reflects upon the rise and fall of the aggregates, he obtains joy and gladness. To those who know, that is the deathless. (Dhp 371–4) Starting meditation This famous text emphasizes some basic points regarded to this day as essential prerequisites for anyone wishing to practise meditation, in any tradition.

This does not indicate any lack of respect for the role of teacher but rather the importance attached to the dhamma as something to be known ‘by the wise’. According to Buddhaghosa, it should be visible not ‘in the way that an ornament on another’s head is, but rather it is visible only in one’s own mind’ (Vism VII 85/PP 235). But a teacher is needed to help this to happen, rather like a singing teacher would be needed to train a voice, or a good friend might be particularly helpful over a problem period in one’s life.

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