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The Perfection of Meditation

Dale S. Wright

in The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195382013
eISBN:
9780199870332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382013.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Chapter 5 is divided into two sections. The first section presents an overview of the Mahayana Buddhist teachings on the perfection of meditation, dhyānapāramitā. The second section inquires into ... More


American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity

Ann Gleig

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780300215809
eISBN:
9780300245042
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300215809.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The past couple of decades have witnessed Buddhist communities both continuing the modernization of Buddhism and questioning some of its limitations. This fascinating portrait of a rapidly changing ... More


Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia

J. L. Cassaniti

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501707995
eISBN:
9781501714177
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707995.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Remembering the Present examines the contemporary meanings, practices, and purposes of mindfulness in the countries of Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar (Burma), which together make up a large part of ... More


Buddhist Modernism and the American Vipassana Movement

Joseph Cheah

in Race and Religion in American Buddhism: White Supremacy and Immigrant Adaptation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199756285
eISBN:
9780199918874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756285.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter began with the contextualization of the historical circumstances in Burma and the United States that brought about the interactions between these two groups; namely, Burmese Buddhist ... More


At the Marrow: Practice and Belief

James-William Coleman

in The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195152418
eISBN:
9780199849314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152418.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter discusses the differences among the three major branches of Western Buddhism and then turns to the common ground they share. These include Zen, Vajrayana, and Vipassana Buddhism. Zen was ... More


The music of what happens:: mind, meditation, and music as movement

Ansuman Biswas

in Music and Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199553792
eISBN:
9780191728617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553792.003.0040
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

A significant lacuna in academic and scientific studies of consciousness is a description of how it actually feels to be here. The study of consciousness has proved to be extremely elusive when using ... More


Religious Self-Constitution: A Relational Perspective

Michal Pagis

in Religion on the Edge: De-centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199938629
eISBN:
9780199980758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938629.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter promotes an understanding of religious self-constitution as a relational and embodied process. The aim is to de-center the emphasis on belief in the commonly used category of the ... More


The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw

Erik Braun

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226000800
eISBN:
9780226000947
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226000947.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book explores the rise of insight meditation (vipassanā) as a widespread lay movement in Burma during British colonial rule. It does this through a study of one of its key architects, the ... More


The Feeling of Mindfulness in Meditation

J. L. Cassaniti

in Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501707995
eISBN:
9781501714177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707995.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter investigates some of the main meditative techniques practiced in Thailand, as well as what it feels like to practice them and improve over time. It begins with an ethnographic encounter ... More


Meditation and Awakening in the American Vipassana Network

Ann Gleig

in American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780300215809
eISBN:
9780300245042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300215809.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Certain patterns have developed around meditation and enlightenment, or awakening, as many prefer to call it, in the American Insight network. Network here is defined as a loose affiliation of ... More


Introduction Ncounters at a Multidenominational Temple in the South

Jeff Wilson

in Dixie Dharma: Inside a Buddhist Temple in the American South

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835456
eISBN:
9781469601816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869970_wilson.4
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The Ekoji Buddhist Sangha of Richmond, the “Temple of the Gift of Light” located in Richmond's Museum District in Virginia, houses five distinct groups practicing in separate lineages of Buddhism: ... More


The Buddhist Confederacy: Differentiation and Identity in Buddhist Spaces

Jeff Wilson

in Dixie Dharma: Inside a Buddhist Temple in the American South

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835456
eISBN:
9781469601816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869970_wilson.7
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Ekoji Buddhist Sangha of Richmond is the only temple in the country that shelters five diverse groups practicing in distinct lineages—Pure Land, Zen, Tibetan, Vipassana, and the Meditative Inquiry ... More


Types of Meditation

Halvor Eifring

in Asian Traditions of Meditation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780824855680
eISBN:
9780824873028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824855680.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This essay distinguishes between directive meditation, which seeks to bring about inner transformation by means of outside-in processes, and non-directive meditation, which builds on inside-out ... More


Meditation Objects in Pali Buddhist Texts

Sarah Shaw

in Asian Traditions of Meditation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780824855680
eISBN:
9780824873028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824855680.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

What makes a meditation object? This essay explores early Pāli accounts of objects still used in modern practice, especially in Southern Buddhism. Their very variety reflects this tradition’s stress ... More


Meaningful Lives, Religious Pluralism, and the Case of the Bodhisattva

Barbara E. Reed

in Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199341047
eISBN:
9780199374724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341047.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses the teaching of Buddhism in a liberal arts college as a means to encourage students of any or no religious tradition to reflect on the meaning of their lives in a religiously ... More


Meditations to Develop Concentration and Mindfulness

Susan J. Stabile

in Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199862627
eISBN:
9780190258337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199862627.003.0021
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents some basic instructions in shamatha and vipassana meditation along with some suggestions for how a Christian might make use of them in her prayer. Shamatha is frequently ... More


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