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  1. Contemplation is carried out in relation to external objects, when we observe images from the external environment.

    Meditation, on the other hand, is rather a perception of the inner world, focusing on deep processes, both physical and mental.

  2. I'd say nothing. Just what kind of meditation do you have in mind? To contemplate is to observe passively. There is a meditation of observing the breath, when you simply observe it, which can be called-contemplating. Thus, concentration is strengthened. Then there is the meditation of observing thoughts (contemplating thoughts “from the outside”), when the goal is to understand your true original mind (Buddha Nature). You can also contemplate emotions and feelings… This is also meditation. But at the same time, there is the same meditation on impermanence, on emptiness, metta meditation-analytical and visual meditations. There you do not observe, but cultivate certain qualities or reflect on certain questions after calming the mind.

  3. Meditation is no different from contemplation, but rather emphasizes its unity with one another. In Japan, there is a meditation called MUGA ICHI-NAN HO. The translation goes like this: muga- “not I” (not self-awareness), ichi-nan- “one thought”, ho- “method, “”exercise. “” When you focus on the quivering flame, try to find the line that separates the person contemplating the light from the light itself. Does such a line of demarcation exist in reality or is it an artificial formation? “Sincerely yours.

  4. Meditation is a concept of the” Western ” mystical tradition, for some reason pinned to the Eastern techniques.

    But now as it is.

    Yes, there are different types of meditations. Just as contemplation can be different.

    Contemplation can be a part of meditation, a stage, a type of meditation, just contemplation. How it is understood in Russian.

    If you continuously concentrate your attention (on anything, even translating it) in contemplation, it is meditation.

    If you are simply in a “contemplative mood” and your attention is blurry or fragmented, this is not meditation.

    That is, contemplation may or may not be meditative.

    Meditation, on the contrary, can never be non-contemplative. Meditation is always contemplation.

    More precisely, it is always present in meditation. If you chant mantras, pray to Jesus, chant dhikras, look at your navel in the lotus position without observing it, it is NOT meditation.

    I am not saying that such techniques (which do not require awareness, concentration, contemplation, and self-contemplation) do not exist. They are simply not meditative (although they can lead to a meditative state).

    But if you just walk along the road, being aware of each step and contemplating your movement in space – this is meditation.

  5. Meditation is the path to contemplation, contemplation is the realization of truth.

    So these concepts are very different from each other.

    I hope I answered your question

  6. Meditation can have many meanings. In the West, yoga and Buddhist meditation are common. Yoga is associated with concentration, and Buddhist with observation (closer to contemplation), but at the initial stage, not just anything is observed, but breathing, then the field of observation expands.

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