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Thursday, August 7, 2008

How to Meditate

There are many Buddhist texts that talk about the value of meditation. But how can a Westerner wade through this mass of writing, much of it in the ancient Poli language, and figure out how to meditate. The answer, my friend, is in this blog. I have culled through more than five hundred ancient texts and come up with the essence of meditation. Now, I'm no guru, no Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and no Dali Lama, but I do know how to read, I have consulted with numerous Zen masters and Buddhist yogis, and I can quote Buddhist scripture, chapter and verse, along with the best of them. So here it is, for what it's worth, my take on how to meditate.
  1. Breathe in a calm way. Note your breathing.
  2. Concentrate on your feelings
  3. Concentrate on your body.
  4. Concentrate on your mind.
  5. Concentrate on the objects of your mind
When you have done this you will enter in samādhi. Or at least you'll feel like you've taken a nice warm bath.

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