Next Full Moon Meditation 1.

The history of meditation is intimately bound up with the religious context within which it was practiced.[15][clarification needed] Some authors have even suggested the hypothesis that the emergence of the capacity for focused attention, an element of many methods of meditation,[16] may have contributed to the latest phases of human biological evolution.[17] Some of the earliest references to meditation are found in the Hindu Vedas of India.[15] Wilson translates the most famous Vedic mantra "Gayatri" as: "We meditate on that desirable light of the divine Savitri, who influences our pious rites" (Rigveda : Mandala-3, Sukta-62, Rcha-10). Around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE, other forms of meditation developed via Confucianism and Taoism in China as well as Hinduism, Jainism, and early Buddhism in Nepal and India.[15]

In the west, by 20 BCE Philo of Alexandria had written on some form of "spiritual exercises" involving attention (prosoche) and concentration[18] and by the 3rd century Plotinus had developed meditative techniques.The Pāli Canon, which dates to 1st century BCE considers Buddhist meditation as a step towards liberation.[19] By the time Buddhism was spreading in China, the Vimalakirti Sutra which dates to 100 CE included a number of passages on meditation, clearly pointing to Zen (known as Chan in China, Thiền in Vietnam, and Seon in Korea).[20] The Silk Road transmission of Buddhism introduced meditation to other Asian countries, and in 653 the first meditation hall was opened in Singapore.[21] Returning from China around 1227, Dōgen wrote the instructions for zazen.[22][23

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