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Theravada Buddhism:

Buddhism religion focuses on achieving Enlightenment through the Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths. Theravada, or "way of the elders," is the oldest of the three major Buddhist lineages and the one most closely related with the historical Buddha's teachings.


It is the single surviving thread of the sects that formed after the Buddha's death. Theravada, also known as "Southern Buddhism," since it comes from northern India. This religion spread across southern Asia, where it is still practiced today, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and so on. Theravada is essentially a monastic tradition, emphasizing vows of sacrifice and self-purification, despite the Buddha's ethical recommendations. Theravada Buddhists aim to become Arhats (superhumans) in order to break away from the samsara cycle. Only monks could obtain Nirvana according to Theravada, but both monks and laypeople could achieve Nirvana according to Mahayana.


Practice Theravada Meditation Techniques:

Theravada Buddhism concentrates on the eighth component of the Noble Eightfold Path, which leads to enlightenment similar to that which Buddha attained. This is the eighth and final section, which is all about meditation. The four foundations of mindfulness, as defined by the Buddha, are awareness of the body, awareness of feelings, awareness of mental processes, and awareness of truths. In the Theravada tradition, there are two types of meditation: 1) Samatha (calming meditation) and 2) Vipassana (insight meditation).


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Theravada Meditation Techniques for Beginners:


Samatha - Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation:

The Thai Buddhist tradition is the source of the Samatha meditation technique. This Meditation helps to focus the mind and allows us to perform more efficiently in both our daily lives and our spiritual lives. Sit comfortably with the legs crossed and concentrate on your breathing, its natural rhythm and flow, as well as how each inhale and exhale feels. Focus on the breath, and stop from "daydreaming", now try to calm the “Monkey Mind”.


Theravada Meditation Techniques for Beginners

VIPASSANA MEDITATION TECHNIQUE:

This is a meditation technique that is used to gain insight into the true essence of things. Vipassana aims for long-term change. It is one of India’s oldest ancient meditation techniques.The Pali word vipassana signifies insight into the actual nature of existence. Using this method, you practice self-observation by focusing on your inner self in a nonjudgmental manner. Sit comfortably with the legs crossed and put your hands in Gyan mudra. Close your eyes. Inhale deeply and concentrate on your abdomen. Make no attempt to regulate your respiration. Breathe slowly and deeply. Thoughts and imaginings are examples of mental phenomena and should be labeled. For example, if you have a mental image, label it “Mental image.” If you’re imagining hearing a sound label it “Imagined sound”, and so on. You can train your mind to understand the true nature of mental phenomena simply by stating “mental image” or “imagined sound.”


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