Re: [Meditation Society of America] Beginning meditation
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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