Variations in the meditation practices of early Buddhists

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Variations in the meditation practices of early Buddhists

Postby fivebells » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:16 pm

I'm interested in learning about the meditation practices of the early Buddhist schools, in particular anything which has not survived to modern schools. Any suggestions on where to look? So far, most of the variations I've found have been ethical and doctrinal.
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Re: Variations in the meditation practices of early Buddhists

Postby mynameisadahn » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:39 pm

I would be interested to see what responses you will get to your question. To answer it based on my limited knowledge, I would point to the first sections of the metta sutta, which as I recall, refers to 'those devoted to' different types of meditation. However, that seems to be a fairly short passage.
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Re: Variations in the meditation practices of early Buddhists

Postby Dmytro » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:17 am

Hi Fivebells,

I would recommend to read the Vimuttimagga by Arahant Upatissa. The titles of the practices may sound similar, but the details of the practices are quite different.

See also "Vimuttimagga and Visuddhimagga: A Comparative Study" by Bapat.
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Re: Variations in the meditation practices of early Buddhists

Postby fivebells » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:47 pm

Thanks, Dmytro. I'll take a look.

Edit, five minutes later: Holy cow, that is an expensive book. I see references to an online version, but I can't find it. Anyone know where it is now?
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Re: Variations in the meditation practices of early Buddhists

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:32 am

fivebells wrote:I'm interested in learning about the meditation practices of the early Buddhist schools, in particular anything which has not survived to modern schools. Any suggestions on where to look? So far, most of the variations I've found have been ethical and doctrinal.

Try this, The Yogāvacara's Manual: http://openlibrary.org/books/OL6576772M ... _Buddhists.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: Variations in the meditation practices of early Buddhists

Postby Nyana » Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:33 pm

fivebells wrote:I'm interested in learning about the meditation practices of the early Buddhist schools, in particular anything which has not survived to modern schools. Any suggestions on where to look? So far, most of the variations I've found have been ethical and doctrinal.

See this thread for links to sources on a number of ancient meditation manuals preserved in Chinese translation, mostly related to Sarvāstivāda: Chanjing Meditation Manuals.

And here's a copy of the so-called Yogāvacara's Manual. For context on this text see Tantric Theravāda and Aspects of Esoteric Southern Buddhism.

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Re: Variations in the meditation practices of early Buddhists

Postby fivebells » Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:57 pm

Thanks for all the links, everyone! Looks very interesting.
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