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Easing Awake Meditation
Sifting through the earliest records of the Buddha's talks (as compared to later commentators), we find an elegant, nuanced, and powerful practice. It is a cousin to the Insight Meditation often taught in this country. And, it has differences. His original teachings emphasize:
Tranquility: a wide open, receptive awareness is favored over highly focused, one-pointed concentration
Simplicity: loving kindness, serenity, and insight are completely integrated rather than separate practices
Stages: the practice matures through stages each of which builds upon and goes beyond earlier stages (or “jhana”)
Ease: relaxation, ease, and sense of humor are more important than striving
We call the Buddha's practice "Easing Awake Meditation." It is described in a series of short on-line articles: