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1. Title Title of document 6. Right Concentration: Objects - The Buddha's Path of Peace
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Geoffrey Hunt; University of Surrey;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Buddhist Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) eightfold path; Buddha; Buddhism; Buddhist; New Buddha Way; mindfulness; meditation;
5. Subject Subject classification Buddhist Studies
6. Description Abstract The Buddha gives many examples of objects of meditation, and these are quite different from one another and may be selected by a teacher for individuals who are at different stages of attainment, are in different circumstances, have different cravings and aversions, and diverse characters. To give some examples: one could focus on an external object such as a pebble, a leaf, a bowl of water or earth, a candle flame, or a sound; or an internal object such as an afterimage of a candle-flame, or an invented image in the mind such as a figure of the Buddha or a ball of light. An exercise in focussing on a slowly drying leaf is provided, intimating at the important Buddhist concept of ‘impermanence’. It is explained why not all objects need be pleasant, since a great deal is learned from our self-aware responses to the unpleasant.
In this chapter guidance is given on bringing together the basics to start regular meditation at home or work.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Aug-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.39405
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Buddha's Path of Peace
16. Language English=en en
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