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Weekly Buddhism Issue 2

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Contents of this free issue of the Weekly Buddhism:

The 40 Meditation Themes
Koan: Philosopher Asks Buddha
Review: The Gift of Lovig Kindness
News: Tibet Slashes Tourism Prices After Riots
Introducing the Jataka Tales
Jataka Tale #1, The Monkey and the Crocodile
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The Forty Meditation Themes, Part 2

The Forty Meditation Themes, Part 2

The recollections and foul objects from yesterday were pretty straightforward in their subjects. The other half of the themes are more open-ended and ambiguous. Many of the styles of meditation you hear people discussing fall into the last group. Loving-kindness and compassion meditations, for example, fall under the Four divine Abidings.

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The Forty Meditation Themes, Part 1

The Forty Meditation Themes, Part 1

Last week, we talked about conceptual, or contemplative, meditation. There are forty meditation themes that have become ‚Äúclassic,‚Äù and we’ll cover those today and tomorrow. There are ten ‚Äúrecollections,‚Äù ten ‚Äúfoul objects,‚Äù ten ‚Äúkasinas‚Äù, four ‚Äúdivine abidings‚Äù, four ‚Äúformless absorptions,‚Äù one ‚Äúresolution into elements,‚Äù and one ‚Äúperception of the . . . → Read More: The Forty Meditation Themes, Part 1