Chapter 7 ‘Meditation’ Or Mental Culture : Bhavana

Chapter 7

‘Meditation’ Or Mental Culture : Bhavana


  1. What did The Buddha say the two kinds of illnesses are?
  2. What is the Definition of Buddhist bhavana?
  3. What is the aim of Buddhist bhavana?

4. What are the two forms meditations are their descriptions?

 Supplemental reading and suttas on meditation: Two styles of insight meditation by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi MN 10 Satipatthana-sutta , MN 118Anapanasati Sutta: Mindfulness of Breathing translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu ,   DN22 Maha-satipatthana Sutta: The Great Frames of Reference  ,    


5. What are the five hindrances to meditate, study and deliberate on?

6. What are the Seven Factors of Illumination (Seven Factors of Enlightenment)?

7. What other subjects are mentioned as good to ‘meditate’ on?

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"The gift of Dharma surpasses all gifts."
Dhammapada 354

"Giving, a Dharma life, caring for relatives, and blameless deeds: this is the greatest fortune."
Sn 263

"There are two kinds of gifts: a gift of material things and a gift of the Dharma. Of the two, the gift of Dharma is supreme."
Itivuttaka 98

"Directing one's mind to the states of faith, learning, generosity, and wisdom, one has a comfortable abiding.
Majjhima Nikaya 68.10

“Furthermore, Subhuti, in the practice of compassion and charity a disciple should be detached. That is to say, he should practice compassion and charity without regard to appearances, without regard to form, without regard to sound, smell, taste, touch, or any quality of any kind. Subhuti, this is how the disciple should practice compassion and charity. Why? Because practicing compassion and charity without attachment is the way to reaching the Highest Perfect Wisdom, it is the way to becoming a living Buddha”
-The Diamond Sutra

'What the Buddha Taught' by Rev. Dr. Walpola Rahula pdf

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