Buddhist meditation is meant to be a deep religious experience. Within the context of meditation Buddhists explore the mind and reach for reflections of the Infinity of Space. Buddhists here in Syracuse searching for this experience may find themselves searching for pleasant places in the beautiful natural surroundings here such as at Onondaga Lake Park to meditate.
Aik Theng Chong has written for The Buddhist Channel “Meditative Expression of the Infinity of Space.” The Infinity of Space was recognized as one of the four higher states of the experience of yoga before Buddhism came into being. Visible space can be explored outwardly while being filled with objects of our sense perception. And our perceptions of visible space can also be turned in the opposite direction, regarding it as a projection or an imperfect reflection of the inner experience.
This goes deep into our consciousness, wherein the entire infinite world is contained. The Buddhist space experience consists of directedness and movement which can be found on religious ideas and meditative practice. Consider for example the description of the four divine states of mind or the four Brahma Viharas. In meditative practice we are hoping to radiate love, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. These divine states of mind should be directed in all directions.
With Buddhist meditation we hope to embrace every mindful being everywhere in the whole world with our love, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. This is to be done with a deep unlimited mind that is purified from ill-will and aversion. Than our consciousness becomes identified with the universe as the entire infinity of space is filled out. Our drive to experience infinity is experienced by the profound space experience of Buddhist meditation. What we are striving for is the complete absence of ‘thing-ness’ and also limitation which helps us to symbolize the inexpressible.
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