Okay, meditate, which is about as little as a person can do while doing anything.
Or literally do nothing. Sit still, which is still consistent with meditating.
I don’t know how quiet you have to get before you notice how hard it is just to do nothing, but it really…
People on the Buddhist path do not talk about “heaven,” ordinarily. That is a Christian term that denotes a specific location where people who behave well, according to whichever version of Christianity one chooses, end up after they die.
Perhaps better to borrow the term, “necrodestination,” from Frank Zappa.
It’s just cold. In one of his talks on the Satipatthana Sutra, the core discourse on meditation in the Sutras (don’t ask me which one), Joseph Goldstein reports on returning from a lovely visit to the Caribbean, where the weather was idyllic, to Boston in winter, where the temperature was…
Silence may be the best option. When people asked him certain questions, the Buddha simply sat silent, refusing to answer. Typically, he did so because he believed that any answer would only cause more confusion, which he wished to avoid, as any good teacher would.
The Buddha often used the word, “bhavana” in explaining how to practice meditation, especially with respect to the development of specific qualities of mind, such as wisdom or concentration.
“Bhavana” means “to cultivate,” or “cultivation.”
This is drop dead brilliant. You should listen to it. You don’t have to watch it, unless you just want to. He offers a very useful explanation of vipassana, the core meditation technique that the Buddha taught:
But he also helps get to not self. Name an aspect of…
A consistent theme of mine is that Buddhism is full of paradoxes. I think that is because the Buddha just described reality and reality is full of paradoxes.
At the moment, one particular, practical paradox is perplexing me. I often say that alliteration always appeals.