What Vipassana, Jhana, Bhavana, Walking etc meditations are?

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What Vipassana, Jhana, Bhavana, Walking etc meditations are?

Post by Valujira » Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:38 pm

Hello and good evening :anjali:

I heard a lot the meditation named Vipassana, and also sometimes Bhavana, walking, Jhana, Anapanasati, and I wanted to ask for short explanations of what it is and what are the purposes of these meditations?

When I meditate, I usually meditate half and hour a day with an intention to one hour per-day, I am not chanting mantras or something like that, I'm simply sitting full lotus and listening to my breathe, without interfering to the speed and rate of the breathe, and also if some thoughts are beginning to arise, I am not trying to ignore them, nor attach to them, I'm simply concentrating in them and they vanish and disappear.

Is this meditation is good? I like it, but I would like to know what each of the above-mentioned meditations exactly are, a short explanation for each.

By the way, I read the Bible, Quran, Mahabharta, Tipitaka etc a lot, so I really know the meaning of being kind and good, I mean I am not studying these virtues from meditation, I don't achieve anything from meditation, I guess only remove the anger, hatred, clinging and so on.

With metta

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All beings, be happy! :hug:


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Re: What Vipassana, Jhana, Bhavana, Walking etc meditations

Post by Valujira » Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:20 am

Thank you my friend :)
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Re: What Vipassana, Jhana, Bhavana, Walking etc meditations

Post by bodom » Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:27 am

See this:

Introduction To Insight Meditation
http://www.budsas.org/ebud/ebmed012.htm

It is excellent.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

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