Welcome to the meditation forum at vipassanaforum.net.
The site has been home to a community of meditation practitioners since October 2007. We don't want to be the largest online meditation forum - something different. We are serious about our practice and are lay practitioners. Some of us are beginners, some with much experience, some Buddhist, some not.
We all learn from one another and offer a helping hand. No one is the teacher and we are all the teacher. It's a place where we discuss our practice and views of meditation and Buddhism - as well as many related topics.
The primary purpose of this meditation forum is to help each other with practice related issues - intellectual debate of unresolvable differences and speculation and theory is not beneficial on the path.
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There are many forms of meditation. Some involve mantra or repeated word forms, some staring at an outside object such as a candle, some involve directing your awareness in a formulated manner.
Meditation of calm abiding is quite different to these other forms of meditation. The practice is designed to bring your body and mind into full harmony, to quieten the mind naturally over time, through repeated practice and not using any kind of force, and to improve and deepen your level of concentration.
It is the gate through which you gain the solid basis of a calm, stable, concentrated bodymind able to further investigate the reality in which you live (internally and externally).
In Buddhist scriptures, there is a type of question called 'the undetermined question' for which the Buddha consistently refused to provide an answer. This article looks at the 'undetermined questions' and provides an explanation for why these questions are left unanswered.