Definition of Meditation

The Buddhist meditative exercise has its roots in the metaphysical tenet of “emptiness,” particularly emphasized by the Zen schools [3]. According to this view, reality is originally devoid of ontological properties and it is only via an incessant and largely unconscious habit of emotional self-reference and categorization that a conceptual structure is created and ultimately reified; a process necessary for daily life, but that also tends to condition the individual into predefined patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Meditation is believed to counteract this tendency in favor of a condition of equanimity where the provisional nature of one's own conceptual structure is realized, bringing about a greater freedom of thought and action as well as a decreased sense of self-attachment.


The human brain naturally categorizes things, but things are not naturally categorized. Meditation is the exercise of not thinking in order to free the mind of categorization and self-reference.

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 "Thinking about Not-Thinking": Neural Correlates of Conceptual Processing during Zen Meditation
Periodicals>Journal Article:  Pagnoni, Cekic, Guo (2008), "Thinking about Not-Thinking": Neural Correlates of Conceptual Processing during Zen Meditation, PLoS ONE, Retrieved on 2012-06-26
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    17 APR 2011

     Science and Meditation

    Empirical evidence concerning meditation.
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    Folksonomies: science meditation