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Why is meditation a part of the Buddhist religion? What exactly does it do?

So you meditate and build up energy in your lower abdominal. You learn to hold your breath for long periods of time. You become a better martial arts fighter. How does that play into religion??? I don't understand.

Asked By: mariablues - 7/29/2007
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I work in a high stress job and use secular forms of meditation practice to help me to alleviate stress and anxiety... More
Answered By: David S - 7/29/2007
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Takes away all stress and lets you clear your mind.
Answered By: jennyann 4 - 7/29/2007
 
Meditation teaches mental discipline and this leads to insight into our true nature...
Answered By: sybil_the_soothsayer - 7/29/2007
 
helps you to find quiet in a noisy world , so that you are better able to think clearly and find the answers within
Answered By: ≈ Pangel ≈ - 7/29/2007
 
Buddhism is about freeing oneself from desire - in the sense of being pulled around by our thoughts and feelings. Meditation enables us to gradually disidentify from the contents of our mental processes so that we are simply ourselves - a centre of pure consciousness... More
Answered By: A B - 7/29/2007
 
I practice meditation to 'tame the ego'. The untamed mind is always focussing on what does or does not desire. This causes dissatisfaction with life. Meditation allows me to take some time to practice simply accepting things as they are.
Answered By: Nillio - 7/29/2007
 
What you're talking about is pranayama (breath work) and uddiyana bhanda (upward flying lock....that's the storing energy in the core of the body). What it does is it controls the flow of energy through the body and increases your ability to focus. It has nothing to do with buddhism, it's one of the principles of... More
Answered By: Yogini, Pretzel Chica - 7/29/2007
 
"meditation brings wisdom. lack of meditation leaves ignorance. know well what moves you forward, and what holds you back" (Buddha, as quoted in Civilization IV... More
Answered By: Ray Patterson - 7/29/2007
 
I've read and talked to people who said that meditation is a very calming exercise. After meditation, some people say they come out with new perspectives and feel more at peace. My professor uses it as stimulation for her creative writing. And some people think it attaches them to their spirituality more closely... More
Answered By: Antihero - 7/29/2007
 
681002LE.SEA Lectures... More
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