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Meditation is to try to get past the "thinking" mind, and into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness.

Meditation is used in Buddhism, Christianity (sometimes), Hinduism (where Yoga is important) and other religions.

Buddhist meditation[change | change source]


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In Buddhism, three things are very important: being a good person, making the mind stronger, and understanding why people are in pain (Dukkha).[1]

Buddhist meditation is not just used for spiritual reasons. Research shows that Buddhist meditation lowers stress, anxiety and depression.[2]

For Buddhists, meditation is used to calm the mind so that the mind can better see the cause of pain. Buddhists believe that this type of seeing can end pain.[3]

Most types of Buddhist meditation focus on something. The most popular things to focus on include the breath, love, other emotions, and religious images and sounds.[4]

Christian meditation[change | change source]

Christians sometimes meditate by thinking about small parts of the Bible, or by saying the words of a prayer to themselves over and over.

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Notes[change | change source]

  1. In Buddhism, these three things together are called the "threefold training." In the words of 2,000-year-old Buddhist books, these three things are called sīla, citta (or samādhi) and paññā. See, for example, Thanissaro (1998a) and Thanissaro (1998b).
  2. Kabat-Zinn (1990); and, Linehan (1993), p. 1.
  3. See, for instance, Thanissaro (1998c).
  4. See, for example, Kamalashila (2003).

References[change | change source]

  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon (1990). Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. NY: Dell Publishing. ISBN 0-385-30312-2.
  • Linehan, Marsha M. (1993). Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. NY: Guilford Press. ISBN 0-89862-034-1.

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