How is Quiet-Sitting Different From Other Kinds of Meditation?

Have you ever started a meditation program, only to give up because the demands are too stringent? Do you find it hard to meet the requirements of a meditation program given your other obligations?

Here in the U.S., we’re most familiar with meditation approaches derived from Buddhist or Hindu traditions. These techniques usually have strict procedures, extended practice sessions, qualified teachers, dedicated practice centers, and austere, monastic-style retreats.

Quiet-sitting–a Ruist approach to meditation developed in the 11th century–has none of these things. In fact, quiet-sitting was developed specifically because Ruist teachers observed that these approaches sometimes got in the way of carrying out our daily responsibilities at home, at work, and in the community.

Many modern meditators can sympathize. The requirements of some meditation programs are hard to fit into our busy schedules. Many quiet-sitting practitioners find that this practice offers a lighter burden and fits more easily and naturally into our daily lives.

To get started with quiet-sitting, check out our practice guide, Quiet Sitting: A Beginner’s Guide to Ruist Meditation.

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Ben is the President and co-founder of the Ruist Association of America, Inc. and Friends from Afar, an English-speaking Ruist discussion group on Facebook. He's also the creator of Stone Chimes, a modern English adaptation of the Analects of Confucius.