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T he daunting plethora of modern Buddhist meditation techniques has proved itself a source of bewilderment, doubt and contention. As a result meditators bandy about many terms, like “mindfulness,” “insight,” and “ jhana ” with little agreement on what these mean, and with much uncertainty about the relative merits of alternative techniques or doubts about the viability of their own chosen practices. In spite of this, the Buddha actually gave some us some very clear instructions about meditation, available to us today in the Pali Suttas and in the Chinese Agamas.
The Four Noble Truths
One of the first things a newcomer to Buddhism is struck by is all the lists - the 4 of this, the 5 of that, 12 of these and the 37(!)
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When individuals becoming members of the organization, they take the vows of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings in a formal ceremony. The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings are the very essence of the Order of Interbeing.
The greatest achievement is selflessness.
June 17, 2010 | Forgiveness , Love | Author: Buddha | 1 Comment »
How Others Have Experienced Absorption — Part One What follows in this section are a few of the alternative descriptions of the process of absorption that I have personally found helpful. They are by no means the only descriptions available, just a few that I have come across in my own struggle to better understand these processes.