Clarifies your doubts: «How Buddhist yogic meditation meditation is different?»

In this section Javier Ruiz Calderón offers answers to our questions from a vision of up-to-date yogic tradition and criticism (taking into account what is historical, philological, medical research, etc). Are invited to write to Javier making your doubts or uncertainties.

Question: «what is different about Buddhist meditation yogic meditation?»

Answer: Both Buddhism and yoga (hindu) there are two large classes of meditation: one preliminary used to calm and focus the mind, acquire virtues, etc. and the other used to assimilate the knowledge that leads to liberation or awakening.

Each tradition of yoga and Buddhist school has a distinct form of meditation, so that we can not generalize. But that it can be said that, as in Buddhism the doctrine of the anatman (lack of an individual self substantial) is widespread, very characteristic of this tradition are forms of meditation that are observed with equanimity changing phenomena that appear in (sensations, feelings, consciousness thoughts, movements of the body, etc.). It is the vipassana of ancient Buddhism, now called "mindfulness".

On the other hand, all forms of traditional hindu yoga claimed that our true I (atman) It is not the psycho-physical organism limited and ever-changing but an immutable and absolute or closely linked to the absolute reality. For this reason, the most advanced forms of yogic meditation have always had to do with contemplation of the absolute, i.e., divinity, or of our own actual be)Paramatman). However, for a few decades and under the influence of Buddhism, Krishnamurti, etc., is has been introduced to yoga observation fair of physical and psychic phenomena, What has notably enriched both the practice of asanas, pranayama, etc. and the actual meditation yogic forms.

Javier Ruiz Calderón (Shankara) He holds a PhD in philosophy specializing in philosophies and religions of the India. It has almost forty years studying and practicing yoga, vedanta and meditation. He is a Professor of these subjects, as well as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sanskrit and Vedic chant.

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