BUDDHA'S QUOTES ON 'MEDITATION'
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. It encourages and develops concentration, clarity,emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with meditation practice one learns the patterns and habits of the mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energized states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.
There are five Meditations:
1. The first is meditation of love, in which you must so adjust your heart that you long for the weal and welfare of all beings, including the happiness of your enemies.
2. The second is the mediation of pity, in which you think of all beings in distress, vividly representing their sorrows and anxieties in your imagination so as to arouse a deep compassion for them in your soul.
3. The third is the meditation of joy, in which you think of the prosperity of others and rejoice at their rejoicing.
4. The fourth is the meditation on impurity, in which you consider the evil consequences of corruption, the effects of sin and diseases. How trivial often the pleasure of the moment and how fatal its consequences.
5. The fifth is the meditation on serenity, in which you rise above love and hate, tyranny and oppression, wealth and want, and regard your own fate with impartial calmness and perfect tranquility.
There are four Dhyanas (beatific vision):
1. The first is seclusion, in which you must free your mind from sensuality.
2. The second is a tranquility of mind full of joy and gladness.
3. The third is taking delight in things spiritual.
4. The fourth is a state of perfect purity and peace, in which the mind is above all gladness and grief.
The four means by which Riddhi (domination of spirit over matter) is acquired:
1. Prevent bad qualities from arising.
2. Put away bad qualities which haven arisen.
3. Produce goodness that does not yet come to existence.
4. Search with sincerity and preserve in your search. In the end you will find the truth.