The first example is of Buddhism of the Theravada tradition. Most commonly practiced in the Southeast of Asia, excluding the country of Vietnam. This meditational practice is called Satipatthana. It is done through a process of meditative posture (through sitting, usually,) mindfulness (a controlling of thoughts,) and guided direction of thought (although not specific) (Cannon 233-42).
The second example is of Eastern Orthodox Christianity’s Hesychasm. This method of meditation stresses the use of the Jesus Prayer as a means for attaining the desired mental and spiritual openness. To focus ones’ attention on the name of Jesus and on its significance for the one praying. There are two ways that one may do this. The first is to use the prayer at any points in the day in which one has a moment to oneself; be it in a hold-up in traffic, a minute between phone calls at work, or as one is waking up in the morning (Cannon 242-56).
Remarkably, there are many similarities that can be found between the two ways of meditation. One of those is in the ...
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The experiences of each of those who would practice Mystical Quest would be fairly similar, at least in outward descriptions. While the personal details of each experience would be subjective to the framework of the religion from which they come. This is not to say that their experiences are the same, only that to an outsider it may easily appear so. Anyone who would pursue a way of Mystical Quest is looking for a similar experience of ‘ultimate reality’ that will go beyond the conscious realm of things . . . into a deeper insight into how things are and where things come from and how they always will be.
Cannon, Dale. Six Ways of Being Religious: A Framework for Comparative Studies of Religion.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1996.
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