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Comparing the subjective experience of meditation
Hi, I am interested in comparing the subjective experience meditation across different traditions. For example I've been practicing Zen meditation (Zazen) for 25 years and I'm curious about how other traditions experience their time on the cushion. Here are three basic questions that might start an interesting conversation.
- Does it feel different when you sit alone versus sitting with other people? If so, are the effects local or non-local? (Does distance or intent make a difference?)
- Do you experience extreme pain while sitting with others only to have that pain disappear or reduce significantly when a sitting period has finished? (Particularly interested in a theravadan take on this)
- How do other traditions understand the function/different benefits/merit of group versus solitary meditation?