Do other animals meditate?

No animal can meditate. The main difference between human beings and animals lies in their capacity to achieve the meditation state.

Animals can experience only three states of consciousness — waking, dreaming, and deep sleep, which does NOT include meditation, the level beyond the mind’s three states of consciousness. But a human being has a capability to experience all four states of consciousness — waking, dreaming, deep sleep, and meditation (turiya in Sanskrit).

You may like to refer to the book, Building a Noble World (ISBN: 978-0974919706) for a thorough explanation of the meditation practice in Chapter 3.

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