The word meditate is derived from the Latin root meditatum, to ponder. It is an internal, personal practice in which the practitioner trains the mind or self-induces a mode of consciousness in order to realize some spiritual or medical benefit. On account of its spiritual element, meditation forms an integral part of most religions. The entire process of meditation comprises three stages − concentration, meditation and absorption.
Contemplation stems from the Latin root templus, and means to enter a sacred place. In Hindu and Buddhist practices, it is the act of holding a thought or object in the mind's eye and observing the thought or object from many perspectives, to reach a stage of mystical absorption beyond meditation, characterized by ecstasy. Gautama Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree in contemplation for several days and attained Enlightenment.
Ringu Tulku: ‘He saw the truth. Enlightenment for us Buddhists means not only intellectually but experientially seeing things as they are, including who we are.’
Nididhyasana is the Sanskrit word for the “art of contemplation and meditation”. Nididhyasana means uninterrupted or continuous meditation to enable thought-waves pertaining to the Supreme Being or Brahman to flow through the mind.
Listen to an artist's musical rendition of Nididhyasana, uninterrupted contemplation.