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Growing in Love and WisdomTibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation$
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Susan J. Stabile

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199862627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199862627.001.0001

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Meditations to Develop Concentration and Mindfulness

Meditations to Develop Concentration and Mindfulness

(p.213) Chapter 20 Meditations to Develop Concentration and Mindfulness
Growing in Love and Wisdom

Susan J. Stabile

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents some basic instructions in shamatha and vipassana meditation along with some suggestions for how a Christian might make use of them in her prayer. Shamatha is frequently practiced by Tibetan Buddhists as a means of stabilizing the mind, and vipassana is a practice of the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. Either can be used at the beginning of any prayer period to develop a state of greater concentration and mindfulness; taking the time to do this will make your subsequent meditation more effective. Both shamatha and vipassana use the breath as a focus of concentration. Breath also is an important image in Christian tradition, and it makes sense that Christians would make use of the breath in their prayer. The deepest purpose of the Christian practice of mindfulness of breathing is to make us aware of the dynamic presence of God within our own being.

Keywords:   Buddhism, shamatha meditation, vipassana meditation, Christian tradition, mindfulness of breathing

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