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Types of of Buddhist Buddhist Meditation Meditation Types Meditation on the Faults of Samsara Samatha Meditation or Calm Abid- ing Meditation – This practice usually in- – This meditation looks at the multitude of sufferings that sentient beings can experi- ence in the world. Most importantly, it focuses the various sufferings that human beings can experience. Although this meditation helps to develop compassion for others, its primarily aim is to highlight that external worldly aims (like having money, fame and nice posses- sions) do not bring ever-lasting happiness. It reminds us that happiness is to be found within, not from external phenomena. This meditation is particularly helpful to strengthen our renunciation and to help us stay com- mitted to our meditation practice, lest we get lost in pursing the ephemeral, unsatisfactory pleasures of the world. volves watching our breath as our object of meditation. This meditation is specifically de- signed to calm and focus our mind so we can develop our powers of concentration. We can also add a technique of counting our breaths to help increase our concentration and re- Vipassana Meditation - “Vipassana” is duce the general distractibility of our mind. a Pali word thaTypes of meditation - Vipas- sanat means “insight” or “clear seeing”. It is a traditional Buddhist practice, dating back to 6th century BC. Vipassana-meditation, as taught in the last few decades, comes from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, and was popu l arized by S. N. Goenka and the Vipas- sana movement. Walking Meditation – Not all of us are great at sitting for long periods of time. For- tunately, we can break up our sessions with walking meditation. At full day retreats, it is common to interchange sitting and walking meditations so that one hour of sitting medi- tation is followed by 30 minutes of walking meditation. Generally, walking meditation is designed to complement our sitting medita- tions so that we maintain our concentration between our seated sessions. This medita- tion pays close attention to the movement of our feet as we walk slowly, back and forth, in a small, defined area. Due to the popularity of Vipassanā- meditation, the “mindfulness of breathing” has gained further popularity in the West as “mindfulness”.