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dhyāna

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

A general term for meditation across a variety of Hindu traditions. More specifically, one of the aṣṭāṅgas, the eight limbs of (or aids to) yoga, according to the classical, or Rāja Yoga...

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Meditation

David L. McMahan.

in Buddhism

P ublished online September 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 5838 words.

Buddhist meditation is made up of a wide array of techniques designed to produce heightened states of awareness and concentration that lead to insight into the true nature of things and...

Huineng

John M. Thompson.

in Buddhism

P ublished online March 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 6470 words.

Huineng (also Hui-Neng or Hui Neng; Jpn. Enō; b. 638–d. 713), the legendary “Sixth Patriarch” of Chan (Jpn. Zen), is a seminal figure in Buddhist history. The focus of an immense body of...

Premodern Japanese Zen

Taigen Leighton.

in Buddhism

P ublished online September 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 9751 words.

Japanese Zen developed in distinctive ways after the Chan traditions were imported from China during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) and during the subsequent Muromachi period (1336–1573)....

Perfections (Six and Ten)

James B. Apple.

in Buddhism

P ublished online February 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Zen Buddhism. 8366 words.

The perfections are the virtues that are fully developed by a bodhisattva (Buddha-in-training) to become a Buddha. All Buddhist traditions acknowledge that the perfections are practiced...