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“Concentration” found in 13 documents
A Letter of Practical Advice on Sutra and Tantra
1 Advice on Sutra Practice Opening Remarks Homage to Manjughosha. May I always be cared for by (you,) the foremost of the peerless (Dharma) expounders. Your flawless knowledge and wisdom are unimpeded even concerning the subtlest points. This is due to your...
[For background, see: Shamatha and Vipashyana: General Presentation. See also: Concentration Terminology] Objects of Shamatha Shamatha (zhi-gnas, calm abiding) is a stilled and settled state of mind that has the accompanying mental factor (sems-byung, subsidiary awareness) of...
Avoiding Causes for Mentally Wandering from Bodhichitta
Verses 2 and 3 Review Prostration and Buddha-Nature We have been discussing the first verse of Bodhisattva’s Garland of Gems, which has to do with how to meditate in general and, more specifically, how to meditate on bodhichitta. The topic was introduced by the prostration or...
Commentary on “A Bodhisattva’s Garland of Gems” – Dr. Berzin
Attention, Clarity, and Awareness Attention (yid-la byed-pa) is the mental factor (sems-byung, subsidiary awareness) that brings focus on a specific object. As an everfunctioning mental factor (kun-‘gro), attention accompanies all moments of mental activity (sems, mind) and...
Extraphysical and Extrasensory Powers
Buddha-fields in the Pores of a Buddha Today we are going to speak about a Buddha’s extraphysical and extrasensory powers. We will analyze whether such things actually make any sense or are they just interesting stories. I would like to look at two aspects here. The first is...
Mental Factors Needed in Meditation
Discerning Meditation In general, meditation has two stages: discerning meditation and stabilizing meditation. In discerning meditation, we work through either progressive steps or a line of reasoning, as we did in the thinking process, to build up to a state of mind that...
How to Study Buddhism: Listening, Thinking and Meditating
Obstacles to Developing Concentration
Introduction To actualize a stilled and settled state of mind (zhi-gnas, Skt. shamatha), the object of focus must remain the same: the guideline instructions clearly state that that the object of focus should not change once we have chosen it. This not only means that we...
Perfection of Concentration
(1) Having increased my zestful vigor like that, I shall set my mind in absorbed concentration; since a person having a distracted mind is set between the fangs of disturbing emotions. (2) Through dissociating (both my) body and mind, there'll be no occurrence of any...
Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior
Right Effort, Mindfulness and Concentration
Overview We are looking at the three trainings and how they can help us in daily life, through practicing the eightfold path. The three trainings are in: Ethical self-disciplineConcentrationDiscriminating awareness. We implement right speech, action, behavior and livelihood in...
A Full Buddhist Life: The Main Features
Shamatha and Vipashyana: General Presentation
Shamatha (a stilled and settled state of mind) and vipashyana (an exceptionally perceptive state of mind) are levels of meditative concentration taught in all forms of Buddhism.