The supreme goal of meditation in Buddhism is to gain no-self (Nnatma), and to enter into Nirvana. By practice of meditatioin, The Buddha became the Samyaksam-buddha (the Supreme Enlightenment).
Meditation is a practice of concentration of mind. It is to lead mind to peace and insight, and to keep mind away from thought and sentiment. Specially, meditation can help practitioners destroy self and ignorance, and then attain Enlightenment.
This is the great help of meditation that we think we should popularize this material of instruction on meditation. The material is based on Fourfold Stage of Mindfulness in the system of Theravada Sutra in which the goal of no-self in the end.
Meditating instructors have to master the right order of the material so that they can help new practitioners go straight to the right way, and the get a good result, without having and bad influence.
May all Buddhists practice meditation diligently, and your mind get peaceful and tranquil, and your merits increase more and more so that we can go together on the way to Nirvana, and then we will soon attain Englightenment.
Homeage to the Shakyamuni Buddha.
A FEW ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS SUPPORTING PRACTICE OF MEDITATION
In order to begin meditating and to achieve good results of practicing meditation, we should first prepare to lay three bases which are morality, merit and Qi Gong.
Morality is a purification of mind in which we pay homage to the Buddha, love all beings, and keep ourselves modest.
Merit is service that we bring happiness and moral principles to people.
Qi-Gong is to keep potential energy down, to help brain be stable to practice.
Before meditating, practitioners should prepare:
You need to spread out a meditating cushion. Its size must be larger than that of a seat. It can be made of thick fabric, or it is a straw mat, or a thin cushion, which can prevent wet in the ground from going up to you bodies, and can prevent you from feeling of annoyance.
Don’t dress too tightly or too badly. If you are in the main hall or in a solemn place, you should wear robes.
The light should be enough, not too bright or too dim. You need to avoid getting a blow of wind from your back. Aquiet place is the most appropriate for meditating.
You’d better have a regular time to meditate everyday. If impossible, you can meditate any time you have. Don’s meditate when you are full.
Don’t be proud of your practicing meditation or praise yourselves for it. That may lessen your merit of practicd. You should find a place where no one can see you, excepting your have to practice meditation in crowds.
(Instruction on meditation of Thay: Thich Chan Quang)