Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide by Aryeh Kaplan

By Aryeh Kaplan

Scholars of mediation are typically shocked to find Jewish mediation culture exists and that it used to be an genuine and essential a part of mainstream Judaism till the eighteenth century.

Jewish Meditation is a step by step advent to meditation and the Jewish perform of meditation specifically. This useful advisor covers such issues as mantra meditation, contemplation, and visualization inside of a Jewish context. It indicates us the way to use meditative recommendations to augment prayer utilizing the conventional liturgy—the Amidah and the Shema. via uncomplicated routines and transparent factors of concept, Rabbi Kaplan provides us the instruments to advance our religious power via an authentically Jewish meditative perform.

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We realized that Thay and his teachings will continue well into the future, because we are a Sangha. Wherever we are, when we come together as a community of practice, we can generate this powerful energy of peace and healing. Over seventy-three people signed up to help organize the retreat in Colorado next year. One teenager said that, even though Thay won’t be there, he was happy there will be a retreat next year because he couldn’t bear the thought of having to wait two years for the next scheduled retreat with Thay.

All Sangha members are emissaries, vehicles, for Being. Now that he is absent, we have a chance to practice more fiercely, with sharper focus and deeper compassion. It is time to find and become the Buddha within ourselves. No one can do it for us. Awakening can’t be externalized. We must abandon the hope that Thay, or anyone else, will hand it to us, or be it for us. It’s up to us. It’s up to me. I imagine Thay was in this position, too, when his teacher passed away. The Buddha’s students were in this position when their teacher left his form.

So noble silence is not just about not talking. We all know that sometimes not talking isn’t noble at all, for example, when we refuse to communicate with someone. During the time of noble silence in the evening, we can practice becoming aware of the whole of our body, relaxing deeply, sending gratitude to our organs for working so hard, and relaxing all the muscles. We can also be aware of whatever we’re doing. ” When we practice noble silence, we get a chance to rest our breath energy, the energy we use for talking, and to be aware of what’s coming in, what’s going out.

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