Questions tagged [meditation-classification]

Questions around the categorisation of a meditation practice. Typical questions will describe a meditation and ask how it fits into a broader schema or school of Buddhism.

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Sensory Deprivation tank

Have you heard of sensory deprivation tanks? This is a tank which is supposed to be soundproofed and dark, and which would hold a little water for a person to float in. The idea is for the conditions ...
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What is “thukdam”?

I was reading an article in National Geographic about death, in which there was a brief reference to "thukdam". This was described as a form of meditation that takes place in India, during which monks ...
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What are the Major Meditation Traditions / Masters in Laos / Cambodia / Vietnam?

What are the Major Meditation Traditions / Masters in Laos / Cambodia / Vietnam? Does Cambodia prominent meditation lineages which originated in Laos / Cambodia / Vietnam? What are the lineages ...
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Is the skeleton meditation of Buddhist origin?

I came across a skeleton meditation mentioned in this answer on this site, and I was interested because it supposedly grants interesting special abilities. Googling it, I just found pages about ...
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What is the difference between Shikantaza and Zazen?

What is the difference between Shikantaza and Zazen? I used to think that Zazen was synonymous with just sitting but I'm starting to doubt that. Is it Shikantaza that is synonymous with just sitting ...
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What is the mental factor of Adhimokkkha (determination) use for?

I am interested in what many ways Adhimokkha(determination) is used in meditation or other purposes in different traditions.
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Buddhist shaolin monks and their practice

I once saw a television program about Buddhist shaolin monks. They were extremely skilled in martial arts and begin their training as young as 3-4 years old. Their day consists of martial arts ...
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What is Thögal?

Recently I came across a progressive series of workshops working out of the Kusum Rangshar (by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen) where one of the classes revolved around a practice called Thögal (ཐོད་རྒལ་). ...
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What is the different between Nirodha Samapatti and Phala Samapatti?

What is the different between Nirodha Samapatti and Phala Samapatti? Are they the same? What are the distinctions between them?
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What are the verses relating to meditation in the Tripitaka? And to what type of meditation does it relate to?

Works like Visuddhimagga covers 40 types of meditations. I am looking for the original source of these meditations within the Tripitaka. Ideally with complete bibliographical references to the ...
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What is the Interpretation of Parimukham in the context of Buddhist Meditation?

This seems to have different interpretation and translations? What are the different interpretations and translations and what might be the most correct interpretation according to different line of ...
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Difference in Buddhist meditation and meditation in other religions

What is the exact difference in Buddhist meditation and meditation in other religions.
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Which Buddhist Meditation is comparable to Transcendental Meditation?

A friend of mine was practicing zazen for many years. They started to get discourage with their practice and started to explore transcendental mediation. Now, they claim their progress with TM is ...
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What is Completion Stage Meditation also known as Nispannakrama?

In Vajrayana there appears to be many different types and stages of mediation. One form is called "completion stage meditation" also known as nispannakrama. It appears to be associated with something ...
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What is Generation Stage Meditation also known as Utpattikrama?

There are many forms of meditation found in Buddhism. Zazen is possibly the most well know form of meditation in the West. However, in there are many different types of mediation. In Vajrayana ...
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Practice taxonomy [closed]

I know there are a lot of practices in many different traditions. Can you redirect me to some source where different types of practice are somewhat classified? I'm not clear how this could be done, ...
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Sutra Study as Meditation?

When studying the sutras should that be considered a form of meditation, if so what are the guidelines for sutra meditation?