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Meditation And Human Life

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Meditation is neither a religious practice nor a form of academic research; it is neither lofty contemplation nor quiet indifference of mind. It is simply something everybody is bound to do, and thus something all can do, something ordinary and necessary. This chapter explains why such cultivation of mind is necessary and how it is done. Meditation is not only needed by Buddhists, it is necessary for intellectuals, peasants, artisans, traders and everyone else. The chapter discusses methods of meditating, of cultivating one's mind? The 'search for the lost mind' means avoiding abstraction of mind, or absent-mindedness. The 'nourishment and preservation of mind' and self-introspection are two consecutive stages of the cultivation process which are related to the essence and function of the human mind and nature. To see one's true nature means to behold one's own nature as such.

Keywords: absent-mindedness; Buddhists; human life; meditation; mind cultivation; mind preservation; self-introspection



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