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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 28. What Kinds of Meditation are there in Buddhism?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40767


Meditation in Buddhism is too diverse to be systematized, but this diversity is deceptive. Borrowing words from the Buddha, the many kinds of meditation in Buddhism have one taste: the taste of liberation. I will summarize the range under six headings, which are also some of the various words in Buddhism for what we call “meditation,” including the word bhāvanā or “development,” the most important term for the cultivation of positive states.

Chapter Contributors

  • Dhivan Thomas Jones ( - dhivanthomasjones) 'University of Chester'