Absorbed setting

The last of the nine stages of settling the mind into a stilled and settled state of shamatha. Here, one is able to effortlessly maintain concentration, free of any interruptions, throughout the entire session. This is the attainment of absorbed concentration (ting-nge-'dzin, Skt. samādhi) and is known as a single-pointed mind of the plane of desirable sensory objects ('dod-sems rtse-gcig-pa). Although it is non-discursive, it still lacks the exhilarating and blissful sense of fitness gained with the attainment of shamatha.

Tibetan: མཉམ་པར་འཇོག་པ། mnyam-par ’jog-pa

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