Buddhism and Meditation

Levels of Consciousness

In August the Milton Keynes Meditation Assoication started a seriesof evening looking at some of the theory behind meditation – as well as practising some!

We have explored the to broad themes in approach to meditation:

  • Samatha – calming and concentrating the minds/ developing positive emotion
  • Vipassana -using Samatha as a basis for reflection on and insight into the nature of our experience (reality?)

We have used the PIPER model as a basic tool for developing a solid base for meditation practise:

  • Posture
  • Introspection
  • Purpose
  • Energy
  • Resolve

We have also looked at two modes of consciosness and their relation to meditation:

Worldly Mind – a consciousness mainly concerned with sesnory experience – dominated by The Hindrances

Meditative Mind – a mind that has overcome obsessive concern with thoughts and sense impressions and becomes spacious and flexible. This mind has attained what is called “Access Concentration” and is on it’s way to developing “Dhyana” – a mind fully absorbed in the object of meditation.

If you would like more information please contact me and I will be happy to email you the handout from the evening. Alternatively, you can check the source material for this evening on Dharmachari Kamalashilas website which contains the whole of his book “Meditation” for free download.