Re: [Meditation Society of America] Beginning meditation
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jeff Belyea"
> Beautiful photos. Thanks.
I agree that the pics are beautiful. They
remind me of the artwork in your excellent
book Sunrise at Two Lions which is available
at Amazon at this URL:
And of course, the book is also perfect for
Peace and blessings,
> --- In email@example.com, kushikushun
> <no_reply@> wrote:
> > I heard someone say about Zen meditation that it is important to
> > a beginner. But maybe thats just zennish. I am not to fond myself
> > the jargon I always get the feeling it might get too close to a
> > doctrine. But then again , I am just a beginner ;)
> > So yeah I am all for the simple approach too.
> > Take Care, Francisca.
> > meditation-air.blogspot.com
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Citizens Active
> > <citizensactive@> wrote:
> > >
> > > I like the simple approach, I think some beginners get scared
> off or
> > confused withh all the jargon. I'll leave the details to you aged
> > >
> > >
> > >
- Sean -
The Cloud of Unknowing is a great book. It is a classic
on meditation - that typically focusing on "something" - like breath
or a candle light, and the next step into "nowhere and nothing" of
what is typically known as contemplation.
Silencing the mind is the goal. Absolute silence - no inner chatter,
sustained for even a few seconds (not as easy as it might seem)can
bring the contemplator into a direct experiential shift into pure
intuitive consciousness, into what is almost always described in
spiritual terms; like, "coming into the very presence of God" - the
goal of meditation (at least for the theist).
The "knowing" or coming through the cloud of unknowing is often
called enlightenment or realization - and does not depend on any
specific model (religious tradition), but many Christians (and even
Buddhists) find The Cloud of Unknowing a powerful presentation and
guide into meditation and the comtemplative life.
--- In email@example.com, sean tremblay
>chewing on this on this one for over a year now. It's a small book
> Has anyone read "The cloud of unknowing" not Buddhist but I've been
but lots to contemplate.
>certain results, then doctines that accord to your view of reality as
> Marc Moss <jellybean0729@...> wrote: If you seek
of now are simply guideposts, outlines to learn how to color the
picture in the book before moving forward. Master this coloring book
and you move on to a new one.
>restraints placed upon them. But, if the doctrines are recipes for
> People fear doctrines because they do not like external
producing the desired results, what happens if you leave out an
ingredient? Do you get the same results? A spiritual path has to
work, bottom line, if it's to be accepted by it's follower. It should
produce the end result we seek.
>others. If you don't get it right away, don't criticize it, just
> Study the doctrines and follow what you can accept and table the
don't put it into practice yet.
>then - may I too remain to dispel the sufferings of the world. -
> As long as space remains, as long as living beings remain, until
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