The 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. Buddha’s Meditation and its Variants « Through the Looking Glass
The Four Noble Truths Dukkha exists – unsatisfactoriness, suffering, discontent, stress (to be Investigated)The cause or origin of dukkha is craving (tanha-lit. thirst) or clinging (to be Abandoned)Dukkha ceases with the relinquishment of that craving (to be Realized)The path leading to the cessation of dukkha is the Noble Eightfold Path (to be Developed) The Eightfold Path (ariya-magga) Wisdom/Discernment (pañña) Dhamma Lists: Insight Meditation Center
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(!) of those. This information can be a bit overwhelming especially since there are 100s of these lists. The following is my attempt to come up with a basic list of lists. If you can get your mind wrapped around just these lists, you will hopefully have the essentials necessary to understand the Buddha's teaching. List of Buddhist Lists
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Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings | Order of Interbeing | Tiep Hien 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. They are the torch lighting our path, the boat carrying us, the teacher guiding us. They allow us to touch the nature of interbeing in everything that is, and to see that our happiness is not separate from the happiness of others. Interbeing is not a theory; it is a reality that can be directly experienced by each of us at any moment in our daily lives. The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings help us cultivate concentration and insight which free us from fear and the illusion of a separate self.
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The purpose of this website is to offer concise and authentic information on Buddhist doctrine, the Buddhist perspective on various contemporary issues and subjects pertaining to Buddhism. Included are hundreds of authentic quotations from the sacred scriptures, each with references from the Pali Tipitaka, the oldest record of the Buddha’s teachings, and information about life in India during the Buddha’s time. You can use the search tool to find the topic you are interested in, or you can browse the Alphabetical Index or Subject Index. index.html
www.dharmaoverground.org - RE: A General, All Purpose Jhana Thread - Discussion 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.