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The Methods of Meditation

Sitting meditation is not only a method of Chan practice but also the best way to calm the mind and achieve meditative concentration.

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Steps to Meditation-How Do We Experience Breathing

Mindful breathing simply requires us to be aware of our breathing without controlling it, and will naturally bring forth a clear and calm mind.

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The Ideal Posture for Sitting Meditation

Sitting meditation facilitates equanimity of mind. We can approach meditation with different postures, in which the full cross-legged position helps circulate our energy the best. It is not the must, though.

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The Best Time to Meditate and Whether Meditation is Suitable for Everyone

You can meditate counting your breath or reciting the Buddha’s name. The best time to meditate is when you are energetic and emotionally stable, ideally in the early morning.

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Prerequisites to Meditation and Limitations to It

Everybody can try the methods we have introduced, especially the mindful breathing. If making it a habit, it is better to learn with an experienced teacher, not TV, books or radio. Teachers instruct learners according to their own situation. For children, they should not meditate more than fifteen minutes. For senior citizens, it is ok to meditate as long as they are in good health.


Video: Prerequisites to Meditation and Limitations to It

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