Trance is a state of semi-consciousness in which a person is not self-aware and is either altogether unresponsive to external stimuli or is selectively responsive in following the directions of the person who has induced the trance.
Trance states may occur involuntarily and unbidden.
The term trance may be associated with hypnosis, meditation, magic, flow, prayer, and altered states of consciousness.
Meditation can be defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.
Meditation has been practiced since antiquity in numerous religious traditions and beliefs.
The earliest records of meditation (dhyana) are found in the Upanishads of Hindu philosophy, and meditation plays a salient role in the contemplative repertoire of Buddhism and Hinduism.
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Maitreya is also known as Metteyya who is presented as a future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology. In some Buddhist literature, such as the AmitabhaSutra and the Lotus Sutra, Maitreya is referred to as Ajita Bodhisattva. Maitreya is a bodhisattva who in the Buddhist tradition is to appear on Earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma.
According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor of the historic Sakyamuni Buddha, the .
One of the lesser known schools of Yoga which seems to be particularly well suited to our search for relaxation of mind is the Sankya Yoga, based on the sutras, or writings, of the sage Kapila. Hindus believe this Yoga philosopher was none other than the godVishnu, the son of Brahman, in one of his earthly reincarnations.
On the surface, the sutras seem to be merely a series of philosophical propositions, yet students of .
CONFIDENCE AND RIGHT-MINDEDNESS
Suppose a householder, or his son, or someone reborn in any family, hears the law; and after hearing the law he is filled with confidence in the Perfect One. And filled with this confidence, he thinks: "Full of hindrances is household life, a refuse heap; but pilgrim life is like the open air. Not easy is it, when one lives at home, to fulfill in all points the rules of the holy .
In This topic we will learn about the following topics:
Climbing the mountain of meditation
Finding picnic spots and lesser peaks along the way
Checking out the major meditation techniques
Knowing what you’ll see when you get to the top
Developing concentration, receptive awareness, contemplation, and cultivation
The great thing about meditation is that it’s actually quite simple. Just sit down, be quiet, turn your attention inward, and focus your mind. That’s all there is .
The Dhammapada was accepted at the Council of Asoka in 240 B.C. as a collection of the sayings of Gautama, yet it was not put into writing until some generations had passed, and probably contains accretions of later date.
However that may be, there is no doubt that it breathes the very spirit of the Teacher, and it has always been used in Buddhist lands as a handbook of "devotion" or meditation, in whose solemn .
What is Right Concentration?
Fixing the mind to a single object ("One-pointedness of mind"): this is concentration.
The four Fundamentals of Attentiveness (seventh step): these are the objects of concentration.
The four Great Efforts (sixth step): these are the requisites for concentration.
The practicing, developing and cultivating of these things: this is the "Development" of concentration.
Right Concentration has two degrees of development:
Neighborhood Concentration approaches the first trance, without however attaining it.
Attainment concentration is the .
What is Right Attentiveness?
The only way that leads to the attainment of purity, to the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, to the end of pain and grief, to the entering upon the right path and the realization of Nirvana, is the "Four Fundamentals of Attentiveness."
In them, the disciple dwells in contemplation of the Body, in contemplation of Feeling, in contemplation of the Mind, in contemplation of the Mind-objects, ardent, clearly conscious and attentive, .
The Sakyamuni Buddha described the Buddha Amitabha to Ananda. The Light that issues from Amitabha Buddha is the most brilliant, and none is comparable to him. In adoration we call him:
The Buddha of Infinite Light
The Buddha of Immeasurable Light
The Buddha of Boundless Light
The Buddha of Inexpressible Light
The Buddha whose Light surpasses the Sun and the Moon
Whoever is blessed with the Light will enjoy a calm and peaceful life which is free of .
Himalayanmasks are used in Hinduism, Buddhism, by the tribal group of Mountain and Himalayan Region of Nepal. Masks are generally used for reaching the altered state of the consciousness called Shamanism and for exorcism practice.
These handcrafted masks represent the unique culture and traditions of the people residing in the Himalayan people. Walking along the Art Galleries around Thamel, Kathmandu, one can find the wide variety of the Himalayan masks. These masks are originally made by .