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Clarification of Often-used Meditation Terms

In this article we’ll cover some meditation terms and their definition, or at least how artificial intelligence ChatGPT defines them. Many people use meditation terms without really understanding what they’re talking about. Us included! We’ve actually never looked up meditation terms before online. This will be interesting.

What is Meditation on the Breath?

The process of meditation on the breath typically involves the following steps:

  1. Find a comfortable seated position and take a few deep breaths to help you relax and settle into the present moment.
  2. Gently bring your attention to your breath and notice the sensation of the breath as it moves in and out of your body.
  3. Try to focus your attention on the breath without trying to control it. Simply observe the breath as it naturally flows in and out of your body.
  4. Whenever you notice your mind wandering, gently bring your attention back to the breath. It’s natural for your mind to wander, and you don’t need to be hard on yourself when it does. Just gently bring your attention back to the breath whenever you notice that your mind has wandered.
  5. Continue to focus on your breath for a period of time, allowing yourself to sink deeper and deeper into the present moment. You can experiment with different lengths of time, and see what feels comfortable for you.
  6. When you’re ready to finish your meditation, slowly open your eyes and take a few moments to notice how you feel. Take some time to reflect on your experience and pay attention to any changes or insights you may have gained.

What is Vipassana?

Vipassana is a form of meditation that originated in ancient India. It involves focusing one’s attention on the present moment and observing one’s thoughts and sensations without judgment. The goal of this practice is to gain insight into the true nature of reality and achieve a state of mental clarity and calmness. Vipassana can be translated from the Pali language as “seeing things as they really are.”

What is Anapanasati?

Anapanasati is a type of mindfulness meditation that involves focusing on one’s breath. The word “anapanasati” is derived from the Pali language and can be translated as “mindfulness of breath.”

This practice involves paying close attention to the sensations of the breath as it moves in and out of the body and using the breath as an anchor to keep the mind focused on the present moment.

The goal of anapanasati is to cultivate a state of mental clarity and calmness and to gain insight into the true nature of reality.

What is Dhamma?

In Buddhism, the term Dhamma (also spelled Dharma) refers to the teachings of the Buddha and the ultimate truth that those teachings reveal.

Dhamma is a central concept in Buddhism, and it is often used to refer to the natural laws that govern the universe and the principles that underlie the Buddha’s teachings.

The word Dhamma comes from the Sanskrit word dharma, which means “truth” or “reality,” and it is often used to refer to the ultimate nature of things as they really are, independent of our thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions.

The Dhamma is seen as a path to enlightenment and liberation from suffering, and it is through the practice of the Dhamma that one can achieve spiritual growth and realization.

What is Jhana?

Jhana is a state of deep concentration that is achieved through meditation. It is a level of mental absorption in which the mind becomes completely focused on the object of meditation, and all distractions and thoughts are temporarily suspended.

When practicing Jhana, the meditator becomes fully immersed in the present moment and experiences a profound sense of peace and well-being.

This state of concentration is considered to be a necessary prerequisite for achieving the highest levels of spiritual insight and awakening.

What is a Sangha?

In Buddhism, a sangha is a community of practitioners who come together to support each other in their spiritual journey.

The word “sangha” means “community” or “assembly” in Sanskrit, and it is often used to refer to the community of monks and nuns who live and practice together in a monastery. However, the term can also refer to any group of people who come together to practice Buddhism and support each other in their spiritual growth.

The sangha is considered to be an essential component of the Buddha’s teachings, and it is often said that the presence of the sangha is necessary for the transmission of the Dharma (the Buddha’s teachings) to future generations.

Wow, I’m absolutely floored by the ChatGPT AI. All of the above after the first paragraph was generated by this smart app. Scary smart! The sentences are put together VERY well.

Anyway, I hope this helps you understand a bit more about terms people use when talking about meditation.

If you would like to see the meditation retreats Buddhist temples offer in Thailand, check out this page: Thailand Meditation Retreats >

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If you’re coming to Krabi and would like to know some good places where you can meditate, here is a helpful page on Krabi Meditation practice.

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