Two Types of Meditation: Stabilizing and Analytical
Tibetan Buddhism speaks of two different types of meditation. One
is Stabilizing and could be characterized by a type of "mindless"
repetition of a word or phrase (mantra/japa) or by simply doing an
action over and over like yantra (the continual gazing at an object, ie:
a picture or statue of a deity, the symbol for OM, a flame, etc.). The
other type of meditation is Analytical. In this form, the practitioner
doesn’t simply repeat a word over and over or look at a picture
repeatedly. The meditator would try to understand everything they know
or everything that can be known about the object of their attention.
As an example of the difference between a stabilizing and an
analytical meditation, let’s use the word peace. You could repeat peace,
peace, peace, ad infinitum and eventually go deeper and deeper into a
state of quietude that could be described as Peace. This is very nice
but perhaps might not be fulfilling relative to an increase in
understanding about peace. This is where analytical meditation might
bring a benefit.
The meditator who is trained in analytical methodology might also
start by repeating the word peace, but once firmly concentrated on it
would then proceed to analyzing everything they knew about peace. They
might think about the things that bring them peace like swimming, or
eating, or maybe holding a baby. They may also think about the things
that make them lose their peace like their boss, or unfulfilled desires,
or driving in heavy traffic.
In theory, eventually, if they kept at it, they would connect
everything in the universe, because everything is in some way connected
with peace (Einstein’s’ theory of relativity - all things are relative
to everything else). But what actually happens is that the object of
your meditation starts to present itself to you and you can sit back in
your minds-eye and simply witness your Higher Mind reveal every aspect
of peace to you.
Your inner Witness, who is your Real Self, is always receiving,
knowing, and at one with everything and once we remove the false concept
that we are different (a body, a mind, an emotion, even a separate
soul) from it, we will know and be at one with everything. Our
consciousness awakens to its real natural of infinite, eternal Peace,
Love, Knowledge, and Bliss, and we live happily ever after. This is the
state known as Contemplation.
So, to summarize, you start by Concentrating, then Meditate by
the analytical method, and then this segues into Contemplation. It is
then when all the ???’s turn into !!!.The Tibetans Buddhists consider
analytical meditation techniques to be superior to the stabilizing. For
you, now, it may be possible that this may bring about the result you