Experimental Evidence of the Efficacy of Hispaalus

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  1. LenMinNJ says:

    That “compassionate meditation” form is called “Metta” and comes from the Buddhist mindfulness/insight/wisdom meditation world (also known as “vipassana”), which is the dominant source for mindfulness education in the US.

    I think it differs from what we Jews would do in the last step: “…and then someone they were in conflict with.” I don’t think that Shmuel Ha-navi would’ve practiced that meditation with Agag, whom he beheaded after Shaul Ha-mellekh spared his life. Having compassion for certain individuals and nations (e.g., Amalek) can be misplaced and wrong. Our Buddhist friends would disagree.

    While other religions can sometimes teach us something valuable, we must be mindful (!) of incorrect influences creeping into the Jewish world.

    And if you have a source for Rav Salanter saying that Jews should do this, I would very much appreciate it if you would post it.

    • micha says:

      I was just referring to the fact that they found repeated chanting of a pisgam / affirmation can actually change character.

      There was no intent to imply that the modality the SciAm article discusses is the same as that R’ Yisrael recommended. Nor that we would apply them in the same situations.

      Thanks for forcing that issue to clarity.

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