Meditation and its Origins in the Religious Traditions

The monks of the Benedictine order developed the formal steps to meditation in the 12th century. These served as the basis for most modern meditation techniques. In fact almost all techniques practiced today have an influence of this religious order. The monks espoused the following: “read, ponder, pray, contemplate” and the meditative practices in the different religions being observed today share these essential elements. Origins of meditation in the...

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The Way to Nirvana – What is it?

The kind of meditation that he advocated involves concentrating all of one’s attention on a single object, a certain part of the body or perhaps on a phrase or riddle. In time, the mind empties of all other thoughts, feelings and imagination. Through such meditation some have even developed “superhuman qualities” or abilities, including levitation, ability to project an image of themselves to a distant place and mental telepathy. It is said that one meditating...

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Is Buddhism the Way to Enlightenment?

BUDDHISM developed in Asia, and most adherents to it are still on that continent. But interest in Buddhist teachings has been increasing in other parts of the world in recent times. Many look to it as a way to “enlightenment.” Buddhism is based upon the person and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who became known as “Buddha” (meaning “Enlightened One”). Siddhartha was born into a royal family in India in the sixth century B.C.E. While still a young man...

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All About Buddhist Meditation

Buddhist meditation is the general term that is applied to all the known methods of meditation that is based on Buddhist traditions. Today, there are numerous varieties of meditative practices rooted in Buddhism and all of them are becoming famous for their benefits. It is important to study the origins of this type of meditation to be able to practice it to the fullest. This religion has spread across the world from the Indian subcontinent. Today, Buddhism is one of the...

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