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Buddhist meditation
the practice of mental concentration leading ultimately through a succession of stages to the final goal of spiritual freedom, nirvana. Meditation occupies a central place in Buddhism and combines, in its highest stages, the discipline of progressively increased introversion with the insight brought about by wisdom, or prajna.

The object of concentration (the kammaṭṭhāna) may vary according to individual and situation. One Pāli text lists 40 kammaṭṭhānas, including devices (such as a colour or a light), repulsive things (such as a corpse), recollections (as of the Buddha), and the brahmavihāras (virtues, such as friendliness).

Four stages (called in Sanskrit dhyānas; Pāli jhānas) are distinguished in the shift of attention from the outward sensory world: (1) detachment from the external world and a consciousness of joy and ease; (2) concentration, with suppression of reasoning and investigation; (3) the passing away of joy, with the sense of ease remaining; and (4) the passing away of ease also, bringing about a state of pure self-possession and equanimity.

The dhyānas are followed by four further spiritual exercises, the samāpattis (“attainments”). They are described as: (1) consciousness of infinity of space; (2) consciousness of the infinity of cognition; (3) concern with the unreality of things (nihility); and (4) consciousness of unreality as the object of thought.

The stages of Buddhist meditation show many similarities with Hindu meditation (see Yoga), reflecting a common tradition in ancient India. The Buddhists, however, describe the culminating trancelike state as transient; final Nirvāṇa requires the insight of wisdom. The exercises that are meant to develop wisdom involve meditation on the true nature of reality or the conditioned and unconditioned dharmas (elements) that make up all phenomena.

Meditation, though important in all schools of Buddhism, has developed characteristic variations within different traditions. In China and Japan the practice of dhyāna (meditation) assumed sufficient importance to develop into a school of its own (Ch'an and Zen; q.v.), in which meditation is the most essential feature of the school.

Matchbox

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Matchbox

Now that is a little Color Bomb...

Speak to me - 2

Healey Central

Magadelic Rock posted a photo:
Healey Central

Intricate stone carved by stonemasons forms this beautiful doomed ceiling in the historic Healey Building in downtown Atlanta.

*Love

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*Love

Dont be afraid of the uncertainties that lies ahead,
For I will always be by your side.
So take my hand and we will walk down the memory lane together...

White : Miyagawa Maiko 宮川町の舞妓はん

mboogiedown posted a photo:

 Miyagawa Maiko 宮川町の舞妓はん

Kanazuru, a maiko from the Miyagawa-cho district descend from the stage at Yasaka shrine after performing a dance during the ending festivities of Gion Matsuri. All in white...they were like angels.

White : Miyagawa Maiko 宮川町の舞妓はん

mboogiedown posted a photo:

 Miyagawa Maiko 宮川町の舞妓はん

Kanazuru, a maiko from the Miyagawa-cho district descend from the stage at Yasaka shrine after performing a dance during the ending festivities of Gion Matsuri. All in white...they were like angels.

Whispers of the zebra

IrenaS posted a photo:

Whispers of the zebra

I found something rather Bergmanesque about this shot. It reminds me of a famous shot in the movie "Cries and whispers". It is a close-up shot of two sisters and it is framed much as these zebras are: one sister is facing the camera and one is in profile. The title of the photo is actually a reference to a movie in an SCTV sketch: “Whispers of the wolf”, which is a satire of Ingmar Bergman movies.

Whispers of the zebra

IrenaS posted a photo:

Whispers of the zebra

I found something rather Bergmanesque about this shot. It reminds me of a famous shot in the movie "Cries and whispers". It is a close-up shot of two sisters and it is framed much as these zebras are: one sister is facing the camera and one is in profile. The title of the photo is actually a reference to a movie in an SCTV sketch: “Whispers of the wolf”, which is a satire of Ingmar Bergman movies.

Hat: Gion Matsuri 帽子:祇園祭

mboogiedown posted a photo:
 Gion Matsuri  帽子:祇園祭

Koyuki, A young maiiko of Gion descends from the covered stage of Yasaka Shrine after performing a special dance as part of the closing ceremony for the month-long celebration of Gion Matsuri.

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