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Meditation Outside Of Meditation

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Meditation is something done neither with intention nor without it. The Sino-Korean word for 'meditation', sŏn, is an abbreviation of the Chinese transliteration of the Sanskrit word Dhyana, which was also historically interpreted in China as 'cultivation of one's thinking', 'calm thinking', 'right concentration', 'forest of merits' or 'eschewing evil'. The author talks about 'meditation outside of meditation', by describing the normal method of meditation, in order to make the contrast clear. 'The normal method of meditation' means following the practice of meditation consciously, working with the meditation phrases, that is, what the practitioners of meditation are usually supposed to do. Training in meditation is not meant to bring into being existence out of non-existence, it is meant to help you rediscover your original appearance, which was forgotten in delusion, through gradual cultivation and sudden enlightenment.

Keywords: calm thinking; China; eschewing evil; meditation; right concentration

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