However, no one can say with certainty when meditation first appeared. Numerous references can be found in various civilizations and religions, including Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
So do we really know who the true founder of meditation is?
Simply put, no, we do not know. The question of who the founder is may be as difficult to answer as the question of where and when meditation originated. However, some of the information we do have points to a core group of people who have played a significant role in spreading meditation. There are many more people who have played an equally important role in spreading and teaching the practice of meditation; here are the three most significant individuals who taught meditation:
- Lord Buddha (India)
The Buddha, also called Siddhartha Gautama or Siddhattha Gotama in Pali, was a prince who later attained the status of monk, sage, philosopher, and religious figure. Buddhism was established in accordance with his teachings.
It may be simple to believe that the Buddha conceived or produced meditation as a result, but this is untrue. The Buddha sought out other enlightened teachers to acquire the practices and paths to self-fulfillment, and Buddhist writings refer to a wide variety of meditation techniques. Although he played a major role in popularizing meditation as a discipline, the Buddha did not create it.
- Lao-Tze (China)
An ancient Chinese philosopher by the names Lao-Tze, Lao-Tzu, and Laozi, whose name is primarily an honorific title that means “Old Teacher” or “Old Master,”
He is credited with writing the Tao-te-Ching, a textual representation of his ideas and teachings that served as the foundation for the Taoist philosophical philosophy, which emphasizes meditation techniques and the concept of knowledge in quiet. There is great debate over whether Lao-Tze was a single person or if the name refers to a group of people and philosophers who held similar beliefs.
- Dosho (Japan)
Dosho, a Japanese monk, travelled to China in the 7th century to study Buddhism under Hsuan Tsang, a revered teacher of the time. Dosho acquired all his knowledge of the Zen way of life during this tour, bringing it with him when he returned to Japan.
He opened his first zazen meditation hall when he got back, which is a type of sitting meditation. In Japan, he established a community of monks and pupils with the main goal of passing along this type of meditation.
While the origins of meditation are unknown, what is more important is how practicing meditation has provided us with self-realization, inner peace, love, and joy. I hope that wherever you are on your meditation journey, you will keep going until you find your true self and your higher purpose. And if you’re looking for someone to accompany you on your journey, please reach out to me as I am more than willing to be part of it.
Credit: August Man