What is meditation?

  • (noun): (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects).
    See also — Additional definitions below


Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind and/or induces a mode of consciousness to realize some benefit, although it can be argued that meditation is a goal in and of itself.

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Shaykh Syed Mir Mirak Andrabi - Spiritual Training
... Shaykh Mirak Mir spent most of his time in meditation at a Khanqah in Srinagar, known as Khanqah-i-Andrabi ... Shaykh Syed Mir Mirak Andrabi spent most of his time in meditation at a Khanqah-i-Andrabi in Srinagar, besides spending 12 years meditating at Astarwun(Tral) and then ... After spending 24 years in meditation, he came back and lived in a small room adjacent to Khankah-i-Andrabia, Malaratta, but preferred a simple life, far away from fame ...
Meditation - Popular Culture
... Various forms of meditation have been described in popular culture sources ... have featured characters who practice one form of meditation or another ... Meditation also appears as overt themes in novels such as Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums and Herman Hesse's Siddhartha ...
Samatha - Application
... As such, samatha meditation and concentration meditation are often considered synonymous ... In the Theravada tradition there are forty objects of meditation ... Some meditation practices such as contemplation of a kasina object favor the development of samatha, others such as contemplation of the aggregates are conducive to the development of vipassana, while others such ...
Luangpor Thong - Teachings
... A form of vipassana or insight meditation, Mahasati meditation uses movement of the body to generate self-awareness and is a powerful method for self-realization ... Mahasati Meditation is practiced throughout Asia and in the United States and is appropriate for anyone regardless of religion or nationality ... It is suitable for beginners or those with previous meditation experience ...
1935 – 28 March 1994) was a self-realized master of meditation in the tradition of the ancient and modern yogis of India ... Tapas is the most advanced stage of meditation in which one remains absorbed for long periods in the non-dualistic state of consciousness known as samādh ... extensively in India and Sri Lanka, initiating over ten million people into dhyana meditation ...

More definitions of "meditation":

  • (noun): Continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature.
    Example: "The habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"
    Synonyms: speculation

Famous quotes containing the word meditation:

    The real meditation is ... the meditation on one’s identity. Ah, voilà une chose!! You try it. You try finding out why you’re you and not somebody else. And who in the blazes are you anyhow? Ah, voilà une chose!
    Ezra Pound (1885–1972)

    Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be
    acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
    Bible: Hebrew Psalm XIX (l. XIX, 14)