I am planning to start meditation.

As a beginner , what things I should meditate upon from the Buddha's perspective?

  • This book says mediate on Love , Joy ,Pity ,Impurity and Serenity. That looks pretty straightforward to me. Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 16:57

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That's like asking "what should I eat".

If liking to taste, here are the 40 meals, or better working places: Kammaṭṭhāna

For which one might be good for your tendency it would be best to look after a skilled meditation teacher but generally the ten recollections, best starting from below (and develope proper perception for them) are fine for one living at home, as well as the Brahma-viharas, later on.

What ever might be pleasing for the mind to go with it best possible without much laps.

I am just a beginner...Just give me high priority 4-5 things to meditate upon.

First three recollections are of the virtues of the Three Jewels:

  • (1) Buddha

  • (2) Dharma

  • (3) Sangha

Next three are recollections of the virtues of:

  • (4) morality (Śīla)
  • (5) liberality (cāga)

Suttas in regard of them: Recollections

It would be good to ask first and likewise for Refuge and for the precepts first, taking them, best from a Monk or Nun, Dheeraj Verma.

(If having no access, but serious and having patient, one might be always welcome for such online.)

Mudita & Anumodana

[Note: This is a gift of Dhamma and not meant for commercial purpose or other gains in the world]

  • I am just a beginner...Just give me high priority 4-5 things to meditate upon. Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 14:54

There are different types of meditation.

For basic insight meditation based on the mindfulness of breathing, you can consider starting with Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu's "How To Meditate" series for beginners, which is available as a YouTube video playlist or as an online booklet. This meditation is based on the four foundations of mindfulness. It comes in the varieties of sitting and walking meditation.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu's "A Guided Meditation" and "Basic Breath Meditation Instructions" instruction sets combine mindfulness of breathing with body scanning (or sweeping). There's an audio version of these instructions in this YouTube video. This meditation is quite suitable for beginners. I like the fact that it begins with some thoughts of loving kindness (metta) before proceeding to the rest of the meditation.

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