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Old 08 March 2012, 01:22 PM
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So then it is really the same, is it then that Buddhist don't speak of the void as God because he/she/it is indescribable?
honestly, im not sure about this.
but the mahayana sect of buddhism worship Buddha as godhead, but not as creator god.

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Re: Meditation - Hindu or Buddhist?

Hindu, but it is both since both are Sanatan.

Just like saying "Is breathing air a Hindu or Buddhist tradition?"
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Re: Meditation - Hindu or Buddhist?

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If I may, I'd like to offer the following for one's kind consideration. Let's look to a well respected āgama of śaivism ( trika specifically), the mālinīvijayottaratantra. Its focus is that of tattvajaya ( the ~conquest~ or attainment of Reality). This great work informs us that the aspirant's (yogin, sādhu, etc.) aim or lakṣya¹ of practice is considered 6 fold:
  • vyoman - space, ether or as we call it ākāśa and perhaps in the conversation of this string ~void~
  • vigraha - independence, seperation
  • bindu - (some write vindu) a detached particle , drop , globule , dot , spot
  • arṇa - syllable or sound; phoneme
  • bhuvana - the world
  • dhvani - sound, resonance ( also an extended use is 'hint, implied meaning')
The 6 fold idea is also supported by the dikṣottara tantra; it says
saḍvidhas tu śivo jñeyo yoginā sumahātmanā

This says, the great-souled yogin should understand śiva as being 6 fold (saḍvidhas). In this case, śiva is the Reality the mālinīvijayottaratantra is targeting (lakṣya).

So why mention all this ? The discussion in the string has been buddhism is more about the ~void~ , getting 'into the void'.
Yet this āgama which is not buddhist, clearly indicates vyoman - space (ether, ākāśa) void as a mark ( lakṣya ).

So there must be more to this then meets the eye. We know of 'void', vyoman, ākāśa and some upaniṣads call out kha as empty space or void. It suggests that this idea is beyond a 'school of thought' but a reality that is worthy of pursuit and understanding.

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  • lakṣya - an object aimed at ; mark
  • kha - vacuity , empty space , air , ether , sky and we find its root in √khan - a cavity , hollow , cave , cavern , aperture
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Re: Meditation - Hindu or Buddhist?

Buddhism itself comes from Hinduism, Buddha learned Meditation from a Hindu Brahmin Rudrak Ramputra, Buddhist Meditation is just a little part of Hindu.
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Re: Meditation - Hindu or Buddhist?

im not sure if this topic is still open i dont know alot between the 2 religious types i did read a few books before i started and have been practicing "Vipassana" meditation (concious thought on the breath) the main purpose is to clear your mind, much like the empty sleep before the dreams however you stay awake and the main purpose is to help direct and control the flow of thoughts that come in your brain. if i see God in the process i will take it as a blessing, however that is not my purpose as of now, possibly down the road.
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