Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation by Alan Watts

By Alan Watts

Mark Watts compiled this booklet from his father’s huge journals and audiotapes of well-known lectures he brought around the state. In 3 components, Alan Watts -- the writer of how of Zen and The Joyous Cosmology -- explains the elemental philosophy of meditation, how participants can perform quite a few meditations, and the way internal knowledge grows certainly.

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Die Handlungen, die wir mit unserem Geist oder mit unserer Rede oder mit unserem Körper durchführen, kann man in drei Gruppen einteilen. Die eine Gruppe sind die sogenannten heilsamen Handlungen, die andere Gruppe das Gegenteil, die unheilsamen Handlungen, und dann gibt es noch eine Gruppe, die man als neutrale Handlungen bezeichnet, weil sie weder heilsam noch unheilsam sind. In den Schriften wird die Handlung in dieser Beziehung oft Karma genannt. Dieser Name hat weiter nichts anderes zu bedeuten als Handlung, Handlung des Geistes, der Rede oder des Körpers.

Es spielt jedoch keine Rolle, ob dies nun als analytische oder konzentrative Meditation bezeichnet wird, tatsächlich sind die Bemühungen etwas sehr Heilsames. Man versucht seinem Geist eine heilsame Gestalt zu geben, indem man Meditation verwendet; das ist schon viel besser, als gar nichts zu machen. Es gibt auch Leute, die in Meditation sitzen, die versuchen, ihren Geist zu konzentrieren und fest davon überzeugt sind, daß er ganz fest auf sein Objekt gerichtet ist, während er in Wirklichkeit ständig umherschwirrt.

In Abhängigkeit vom Objekt der Meditation kann eine Weiterentwicklung des Geistes erzielt werden. Man fragt sich nun: Ist es, um konzentrative Meditation zu erreichen, notwendig, daß man ein ganz bestimmtes Meditationsobjekt wählt? Die Antwort ist nein, konzentrative Meditation kann in Abhängigkeit von irgendeinem beliebigen Objekt entwickelt werden. Ich erwähne immer wieder, daß es ein Objekt sein muß, das einem angenehm ist, an das man gerne 49 denkt, das man sich leicht vorstellen kann. Dann ist es leicht, die Meditation zu verwirklichen.

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