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“Concentration” found in 13 documents
The Need for a Caring Heart & First Quieting the Mind
Why We Need to Develop Balanced Sensitivity? We’ve seen that “Developing Balanced Sensitivity” is a training program concerned about how to develop balance with our attentiveness: how we pay attention to situations and to the effect of our behavior on others and ourselves,...
Balanced Sensitivity for the Age of Social Media
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
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
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
Training in Higher Discipline & Higher Concentration
Engaging in Enlightening Conduct Once we take the bodhisattva vows, which are the essence of developing this engaged level of bodhichitta, we need to actually practice what’s called “enlightening conduct,” bodhisattva conduct. This is actually what bodhisattva vows shape;...
Commentary on “Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” – Dr. Berzin
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
The Perfection of Concentration: Dhyanaparamita
With far-reaching concentration, we’re able to stay perfectly focused while helping others and in all meditations for reaching enlightenment.
Love & Compassion
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 the object of focus should not change once we have chosen it. This not only means that we must...
[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...
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...