Download PDF by Sarah Shaw: Buddhist Meditation An Anthology of Texts (Routledge


By Sarah Shaw

ISBN-10: 020300731X

ISBN-13: 9780203007310

ISBN-10: 041535918X

ISBN-13: 9780415359184

Meditative perform lies on the middle of the Buddhist culture. This introductory anthology provides a consultant pattern of a number of the forms of meditations defined within the earliest physique of Buddhist scripture, the Pali canon. It offers a wide advent to their conventional context and perform and provides clarification, context and doctrinal heritage to the topic of meditation. the most issues of the ebook are the variety and adaptability of ways that the Buddha teaches meditation from the facts of the canon. protecting primary beneficial properties of Buddhist perform similar to posture, lay meditation, and meditative procedure it presents reviews either from the vital early commentators on Buddhist perform, Upatissa and Buddhaghosa, and from respected sleek meditation academics in a few Theravadin traditions. this can be the 1st ebook on Pali Buddhism which introduces the reader to the big variety of the canon. It demonstrates that the Buddha's meditative culture nonetheless bargains a course of perform as mysterious, awe-inspiring but as freshly available because it was once centuries in the past, and will be of curiosity to scholars and students of Buddhism in addition to Buddhist practitioners.

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13 Verses from the ‘Monks Chapter’ Meditate, monk! Do not be careless. Do not let your mind whirl in the strand of sensual pleasures. Do not, being careless, swallow a lead ball. ’ There is no meditation in one who is without wisdom, no wisdom in one who does not meditate. In whom there are both meditation and wisdom: he is, indeed, close to nibbana. When a monk has gone into an empty place, and has calmed his mind, experiences a delight that transcends that of men, seeing the dhamma truly. Whenever he reflects upon the rise and fall of the aggregates, he obtains joy and gladness.

And how does a monk who has a good friend cultivate and make much of the seven factors of enlightenment? Here, monks, a monk develops the enlightenment factor that is mindfulness, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release . . he develops the enlightenment factor that is investigation of dhammas. . that is strength . . that is joy . . that is tranquillity . . that is concentration . . that is equanimity, which is based upon seclusion, dispassion and cessation, maturing in release.

Here the hindrances that characterize much of our experience are temporarily abandoned, and it is possible to see the potential of the mind when it comes to settle on a single object. Only after Gotama remembers this unificatory state does he become sufficiently refreshed and balanced to abandon excessive asceticism; he practises all eight jhanas on the night of his enlightenment. 58 As the mind becomes more settled four of the five factors are gradually dropped, so that the second loses initial and sustained thought, the third, joy and the fourth, happiness.

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