11569Re: music with meditation
- Nov 4, 2003
> "Nina" <murrkis@y...> wrote:Hi Nina...
> I was wondering if anyone plays
> music during meditation and why...
> There is a local Vipassana meditation
> class where the teacher plays music
> during the meditation. In the past, it
> has generally been asian-influenced
> etheric music, but last night it was
> Japanese flutes and clapper music
> with definite melodies. I don't understand
> why someone would add 'ambience' to
> a practice that would have found a perfectly
> appropriate accompaniment in the already
> present sounds of crickets, distant traffic,
> rumbly-humming furnace, the high-pitched song
> of the lighting, shiftings and stirrings
> of our colleagues, one's own breathing, pulses,
> and creaking joints.
> Anyway, I wonder if there is some aspect of
> Vipassana meditation that would lead one to
> use music during meditation, some aspect I
> don't know about... anyone know?
I don't 'know' about this, but I can tell
you that I personally have a long history
of using music in conjunction with
Having a background in electronics, I have
assembled, whenever needed, hi-fidelity
quad-channel sound systems... and placed
the speakers for maximum enjoyment.
While this is good for music listening, I have
used it many times as a aid to meditation...
not so much for myself, but as a way of
obliterating the 'internal conversation' for
my clients and visitors.
Having tried many forms of music, I have
found that certain 'techno' styles work best
for this purpose. The music 'entrains' the
mind of the meditator, effectively removing
the internal arguments which are the usual
(torturous and inaudible) background.
Relieved of the usual self-stifling, a person
will experience thrilling release; this is an
liberating experience, and for many, has been
their first introduction to the self-clearing
After this experience is had, I point out how
the sheer enjoyment is not so much of the
music, but instead, of the freedom from
internal argument. This is usually comprehended,
and at this point, meditation is available
I have had a few experiences of conflict
about this, with meditation 'purists', who
have been taught to follow strict rules;
and I can report, that after experiencing
my 'meditation music' session, that there
is agreement to its usefulness... as a
method of induction, as introduction to
'how to enjoy oneself'.
Years ago, I had the pleasure of attending
a small, private meditation session, which
was conducted by a Tibetan Lama. He
chanted and 'played' skull-drums, flute and
bells during the session. His chanting was
in Tibetan, but yet, I went to the exact place
that he described. I was able to check on this
after the session.
There is no doubt, for me at least, that
various methods can be used to entrain
the awareness of a person, for the purpose
of clearing the way for that person to learn
the way of self-clearing. Music is probably
the most accessible of those ways.
My approach, as I have described above,
generally does not use music which can be
described as 'soothing meditation music';
instead, I choose (carefully!) music which
evokes the brilliant thunder of silence...
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