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KingMe

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What is this type of practice called?
« on: December 04, 2014, 01:26:34 AM »
What is the name for the mental investigation into something such as thinking through whether there is a self that has voluntary control over one's body? An investigation that leads to "spiritual growth", awakening, or satori?

Is this contemplation?






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Re: What is this type of practice called?
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2014, 01:29:30 AM »
Contemplation sounds right to me.

By the way, a thesaurus identifies meditation as one of the synonyms for contemplation.  ;)
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Re: What is this type of practice called?
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2014, 01:41:52 AM »
Is this contemplation?

Yes, or reflection.

Bear in mind that it's not supposed to our normal problem solving or reasoning approach.  We reflect of contemplate around an issue leaving the answer open ended, without trying to solve it or get to the bottom of it, that way the mind is left open for new understanding to arise.

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Re: What is this type of practice called?
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2014, 09:26:49 AM »
I'm talking about actively thinking about something to come to a conclusion or insight.

Maybe there is no word for it, just thinking through something that brings greater understanding and clarity.

Probably not that important :)

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Re: What is this type of practice called?
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2014, 12:18:26 PM »
I'm talking about actively thinking about something to come to a conclusion or insight.

Words: reflecting, contemplating, meditating, pondering .... to name a few.
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Re: What is this type of practice called?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2014, 11:22:27 PM »
What is the name for the mental investigation into something such as thinking through whether there is a self that has voluntary control over one's body? An investigation that leads to "spiritual growth", awakening, or satori?

Is this contemplation?

Ramana Maharshi called it "self-enquiry". He stated that investigating into "who am I" leads to awakening or satori.
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