History of meditation
Tibetan Buddhist meditation has a long history. Buddhism is a Hindu branch and meditation practiced in Hinduism before being practiced in Buddhism. Buddhist mind is that there are three things that must be achieved before enlightenment. Virtue, wisdom, and meditation. Meditation is practiced in many East religions, and even in Western religions. But I will focus this article about Hinduism and Meditative Practices of Tibetan Buddhism.
Hindus is the oldest living religion that practices meditation. In Hindu religion meditating is considered to have developed from human needs to find the true nature of Brahman (God). Hindu practitioners will sit and think about who God really is, and by sitting for hours like this they begin to have a moment of clarity. This moment of clarity is what many practitioners do today to achieve meditation.
The difference in meditation in Buddhism and Hinduism is that Buddhist practitioners do not believe that meditating is a means to be closer to God, but it is not a way for practitioners to be closer to everything on earth. It was said that Buddha (Siddhartha) found enlightenment by meditating under the Bodhi tree.
Meditation in yoga
In yoga, meditation is practiced after breathing exercises, or pranayama. Yoga’s original philosophy is important to meditate after practicing asanas, or physical aspects of yoga, because the body will be ready to relax and loose enough that sitting on the floor will be comfortable. First breathing is good practice, because the breathing is slow to slow down your heartbeat and calm the mind so that the body can move to a quiet place.
Meditation in Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism was formed from the principles of Yoga and Buddhism, who arrived in Tibet from India began in the eighth century. Tibetan Buddhism meditation is focused on tantric principles, and other names for Tibetan Buddhism are Tantrayana Buddhism. One of the purposes of Tantra is to help play basic human desires such as greed and jealousy into something good, like love and affection. There are many steps in Tantra Buddhism, this includes a lamrim (things to be reflected in and meditation activities), initial practices, contemplation, dzogchen (follow-up step which is the last step in the path of practitioner Buddha Tantrayana).
How to meditate
In Tibetan Buddhism, many forms of meditation consist of thought about certain things to cleanse your mind and help make your way to open enlightenment. Some topics of meditation include becoming charity for others, seeing yourself and the people around you are the same, and developing compassion.
In Yoga and Hinduism, meditation is the path and its purpose. There are many different forms that Yoga meditation can be taken. In yoga it often starts with pranayama, or breathing exercises. There is also a form of meditation where you think about spells, or prayers. There is a way of meditating through Kirtan, singing. There are also meditation with sounds that can occur with music or in the Kirtan session. And in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism there is meditation on an object, such as a Buddha statue or Thangka Buddha.