hi If you serious about it are you allowed to discuss meditation in general or do your answers have to come from a vipassana point of view?
The RULES you have to adhere too are way diffrent to the 1s have to,so dont want you to get in trouble if you practise/discuss any other forms.
the mental chatter that goes on incessantly until you learn to quiet it.
You wouldn't achieve that merely sitting in an empty room. With Vipassana, you aren't supposed to mix techniques..
The dictionary defines meditation as: Personally, I feel this definition to be overly simplified to the point of being incomplete. If you are easily distracted, that will give you focus. You are not dragged helplessly around by thoughts and emotions.
Specifically, most meditation techniques focus on internal awareness, inherently a reflexive process. Another type is to chant a mantra to aid in concentration. You are not dragged helplessly around by thoughts and emotions. The goal of meditation is to give you a perspective outside of what youthink and feel. You can gain control of in so doing...life as well. If you are able to achieve thinking about one thing and banishing irrelevant thoughts from your mind, then the next logical step is the completely empty your mind.
You wouldn't achieve that merely sitting in an empty room. I come from a background of Hermeticism and that's something they teach as the first step.
Being able to silence the mind is required for the following steps.
The goal, being able to exert some conscious and positive control over those connections.
I won't get in trouble for discussing other styles of meditation, imo they all have benefit. Have you done the 10 day course, or have just heard stuff about Vipassana?
I sat zen from many years and eventually got more interested in Theravadian Buddhism. I found both to be powerful forms of mediation, but have have come to believe that Theravadian seems closer to what the Buddha actually taught.^^ Long time no see :) There are many different meditation techniques.
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