What is the difference between Eastern Meditation and Christian Meditation?

Question by vash sunglasses ~Catholic~: What is the difference between Eastern Meditation and Christian Meditation?
aka What did the word “meditation” mean BEFORE the Eastern style of meditation became popular in the West.
Again, I would like to mention that Christians used “meditation” WAY before Eastern Meditation became popular in the West.
Ok, how about this: If a Christian from 1000AD was going to use meditation as a Christian spiritual practice, how would they go about it?

Best answer:

Answer by Rev. Marvin
It’s the same.

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2 thoughts on “What is the difference between Eastern Meditation and Christian Meditation?

  1. In Christianity, meditation is a matter of focusing on God. I like to call it “listening” sometimes for this reason. Blanking one’s mind (as in Eastern meditation) is only step one in Christian Meditation. Sometimes a short prayer is used to focus the mind, but this is very different from a mantra, since the words are being actively prayed to God. All meditation when done properly asks aid of the Holy Spirit.
    There is more than one time of Christian meditation:
    Devotionals- The rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy, etc, in which prayers are said but the mind also meditates on the meaning of sacred mysteries, such the Jesus’ walk to Calvary carrying the cross.
    Contemplative Prayer- Deep contemplative prayer is only possible through the Holy Spirit, so ask Him for help. Although wordless, it is not a blanking of the mind, but a reaching of the mind and heart to God. Eucharistic Adoration is part of this type of prayer. Read Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle or “The Dark Night” by St. John of the Cross for more on this.
    Centering Prayer- This a modern mix of Eastern practices with Christianity. It is not something I recommend, since it focuses very much on the self and not so much on God.

  2. I haven’t seen any statue, picture or painting depicting Moses, Jesus, Noah, Joan of Arc, nuns, and monks in the Western world meditating in any posture.
    Does the Bible specify meditation done in other posture ?
    Have anyone find any document about meditation in the West before Buddhism started ?

    In the Eastern culture, you can find statues, pictures, and paintings of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, monks, and Taoists. Along the Silk Road, there are many caves filled with paintings and statues of Buddhas, Arhats, Bodhisattvas, and other deities in meditation posture. In many temples in Asia, statues of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas sitting in meditation are found. In martial art stories and movies, many swordmen and heroes practice meditation.

    Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist School. Falun Gong is based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises.

    Falun Gong, Tibetans, other Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China.

    Here are some articles about the benefits in practice of Falun Gong meditation.

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