Thursday, May 10, 2007

Buddhism, Quan Yin, and Sound Current Meditation (Sant Mat)

Buddhism, Quan Yin, and Sound Current Meditation (Sant Mat)

An example of Sound Current meditation (Surat Shabd Yoga, my practice) from a Buddhist perspective:

Buddhism and Sound Current Meditation

Ajahn Sumedho, a bhikkhu of the Theravada school of Buddhism, from, "The Sound of Silence":

"As you calm down, you can experience the sound of silence in the mind. You hear it as a kind of high frequency sound, a ringing sound that's always there. It is just normally never noticed. Now when you begin to hear that sound of silence, it's a sign of emptiness - of silence of the mind. It's something you can always turn to. As you concentrate on it and turn to it, it can make you quite peaceful and blissful. Meditating on that, you have a way of letting the conditions of the mind cease without suppressing them with another condition. Otherwise you just end up putting one condition over another."

"A Buddhist Bible," Surangama Sutra:

"Avalokiteshvara Buddha [Quan Yin], the hearer and answerer of prayer, has visited all the Buddha-lands of the ten quarters of the universe and has acquired transcendental powers of boundless freedom and fearlessness and has vowed to emancipate all sentient beings from their bondage and suffering. How sweetly mysterious is the Transcendental Sound of Avalokiteshvara! Is is the subdued murmur of the seatide setting inward. Its mysterious Sound brings liberation and peace to all sentient beings who in their distress are calling for aid."


James of Maine