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Samatha

Samatha (P?li), (Sanskrit: , ?amatha[note 1]) is the Buddhist practice (bh?van? ?) of calming the mind (citta ) and its 'formations' (sa?kh?ra ). This is done by practicing single-pointed meditation most commonly through mindfulness of breathing. Samatha is common to many Buddhist traditions. It may be accomplished by concentration on a meditation-object.

Etymology

The semantic field of Tibetan shi and Sanskrit shama is "pacification", "the slowing or cooling down", "rest".[1] The semantic field of Tibetan is "to abide or remain" and this is cognate or equivalent with the final syllable of the Sanskrit, th?.[2]

The Tibetan term for samatha is shyiné (Wylie: zhi-gnas). According to Jamgon Kongtrul, the terms refer to "peace" and "pacification" of the mind and the thoughts.[3]

Therav?da

Function

In modern Theravada, liberation is thought to be attained by insight into the transitory nature of phenomena. This is accomplished by establishing mindfulness, which is then used for insight (P: vipassan?; S: vipa?yana) practices, inquiry into the nature of the object, resulting in wisdom (P: paññ?, S: prajñ?).[4] According to the Theravada tradition, samatha refers to techniques that assist in calming the mind. Samatha is thought to be developed by samadhi ("concentration"), which is thought to be the ability to rest the attention on a single object of perception. One of the principal techniques for this purpose is mindfulness of breathing (Pali: ?n?p?nasati). Although the four jhanas involve a heightened awareness, samatha meditation and jhana are often considered synonymous by the Theravada tradition. Samatha is commonly practiced as a prelude to and in conjunction with wisdom practices.[4]

According to the Theravada tradition, mindfulness of breathing leads the practitioner into concentration (sam?dhi), the domain of experience wherein the senses are subdued and the mind abides in uninterrupted concentration upon the object (i.e., the breath), if not in meditative absorption (Dhy?na). According to the Theravada tradition, it is the condition for insight (vipassan?) and subsequently the development of liberating wisdom (paññ?). In Theravada-Buddhism morality (la) is understood to be a stable foundation upon which to attain samatha. According to the Theravada tradition, samatha and vipassan? form an integral part of the Noble Eightfold Path as described by the Buddha in his core teaching, the Four Noble Truths.

Through the meditative development of calm abiding, one is able to suppress the obscuring five hindrances: sensual desire, ill-will, tiredness and sleepiness, excitement and depression, and doubt. With the suppression of these hindrances, the meditative development of insight yields liberating wisdom.[5]

Objects of meditation

Some meditation practices such as contemplation of a kasina object favor the development of samatha, others such as contemplation of the aggregates are conducive to the development of vipassana, while others such as mindfulness of breathing are classically used for developing both mental qualities.[6]

In the Theravada tradition, there are forty objects of meditation. Mindfulness (sati) of breathing (?n?p?na: ?n?p?nasati; S. ?n?p?nasm?ti[7]) is the most common samatha practice. Samatha can include other sam?dhi practices as well.

Signs and stages of joy

Theravada Buddhism describes the development of Samatha in terms of three successive mental images or 'signs' (nimitta) and five stages of joy (P?ti). P?ti is a feeling of joy, gladness or rapture arising from the abandonment of the five hindrances in favor of concentration on a single object.[8] These stages are outlined by the Theravada exegete Buddhaghosa in his Visuddhimagga (also in Atthas?lin?) and the earlier Upatissa (author of the Vimuttimagga).

Five stages of joy:[9]

  1. Slight joy (khuddaka piti) - Raises the hairs of the body
  2. Momentary joy (khanika piti) - Arises momentarily like repeated flashes of lightning
  3. Showering joy (okkantika piti)- Washes over the body, like waves, again and again and then subsides
  4. Uplifting joy (ubbega piti) - Sensations of lifting of the body into the air
  5. Suffusing joy (pharana piti) - Pervades the whole body touching every part - signals 'access concentration'.

The three nimittas are the preparatory sign, the acquired sign and the counterpart sign. These are certain mental images, perceptions or sensations which indicate a further refinement of the state of meditative awareness.

Following the establishment of access concentration (upac?ra-sam?dhi), one can enter the four jhanas, powerful states of joyful absorption in which the entire body is pervaded with P?ti.

Variations

In the Theravada-tradition various understandings of samatha exist.[note 2]

In Sri Lanka samatha includes all the meditations directed at static objects.[11]

In Burma, samatha comprises all concentration practices, aimed at calming the mind. In the last decade samatha in the Burmese tradition has been popularized in the west by Pa Auk Sayadaw. This tradition upholds the emphasis on samatha explicit in the commentarial tradition of the Visuddhimagga. Pa Auk Sayadaw presented this tradition through extensive retreats around the world until his retirement in 2012. In 2005, Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder completed the entire detailed samatha path under Pa Auk Sayadaw's direct supervision. They were subsequently the first Western lay people whom he authorized to teach.

The Thai Forest tradition deriving from Ajahn Mun and popularized by Ajahn Chah stresses the inseparability of samatha and vipassana, and the essential necessity of both practices.

Samatha and vipassana

The Buddha is said to have identified two paramount mental qualities that arise from wholesome meditative practice:

  • Samatha, calm abiding, which steadies, composes, unifies and concentrates the mind;
  • Vipassan?, insight, which enables one to see, explore and discern "formations" (conditioned phenomena based on the five aggregates).[12]

The Buddha is said to have extolled serenity and insight as conduits for attaining the unconditioned state of nibbana (P?li; Skt.: Nirvana). For example, in the Kimsuka Tree Sutta (SN 35.245), the Buddha provides an elaborate metaphor in which serenity and insight are "the swift pair of messengers" who deliver the message of nibbana via the noble eightfold path.[13]

In the Four Ways to Arahantship Sutta (AN 4.170), Ven. ?nanda reports that people attain arahantship using calm abiding and insight in one of three ways:

  1. They develop calm abiding and then insight (P?li: samatha-pubbangamam vipassanam)
  2. They develop insight and then calm abiding (P?li: vipassana-pubbangamam samatham)[14]
  3. They develop calm abiding and insight in tandem (P?li: samatha-vipassanam yuganaddham), for instance, obtaining the first jh?na and then seeing in the associated aggregates the three marks of existence before proceeding to the second jh?na.[15]

In the P?li canon, the Buddha never mentions independent samatha and vipassana meditation practices; instead, samatha and vipassana are two "qualities of mind" to be developed through meditation. As Thanissaro Bhikkhu writes,

When [the P?li suttas] depict the Buddha telling his disciples to go meditate, they never quote him as saying 'go do vipassana,' but always 'go do jhana.' And they never equate the word "vipassana" with any mindfulness techniques. In the few instances where they do mention vipassana, they almost always pair it with samatha -- not as two alternative methods, but as two qualities of mind that a person may 'gain' or 'be endowed with,' and that should be developed together.[16]

Similarly, referencing MN 151, vv. 13-19, and AN IV, 125-27, Ajahn Brahm (who, like Bhikkhu Thanissaro, is of the Thai Forest Tradition) writes that

Some traditions speak of two types of meditation, insight meditation (vipassana) and calm meditation (samatha). In fact the two are indivisible facets of the same process. Calm is the peaceful happiness born of meditation; insight is the clear understanding born of the same meditation. Calm leads to insight and insight leads to calm."[17]

Indo-Tibetan tradition

Mahayana s?tras

A number of Mah?y?na s?tras address ?amatha, usually in conjunction with vipa?yan?.

One of the most prominent, the Cloud of Jewels Sutra (?rya Ratnamegha Sutra, Tib. 'phags-pa dkon-mchog sprin-gyi mdo) divides all forms of meditation into either ?amatha or vipa?yan?, defining ?amatha as "single-pointed consciousness" and vipa?yan? as "seeing into the nature of things."[18]

The S?tra Unlocking the Mysteries (Samdhinirmocana S?tra), a yog?c?ra s?tra, is also often used as a source for teachings on ?amatha. The Sam?dhir?ja S?tra is often cited as an important source for ?amatha instructions by the Kagyu tradition, particularly via commentary by Gampopa,[19] although scholar Andrew Skilton, who has studied the Sam?dhir?ja S?tra extensively, reports that the s?tra itself "contains no significant exposition of either meditational practices or states of mind."[20]

Dhyana

?amatha furthers the right concentration aspect of the noble eightfold path. The successful result of ?amatha is also sometimes characterized as meditative absorption (sam?dhi, ting nge 'dzin) and meditative equipoise (sam?hita, mnyam-bzhag), and freedom from the five obstructions (?vara?a, sgrib-pa). It may also result in the siddhis of clairvoyance (abhijñ?, mgon shes) and magical emanation (nirm?na, sprul pa).[21]

Factors in ?amatha

According to Culadasa (2015), "Samatha has five characteristics: effortlessly stable attention (sam?dhi), powerful mindfulness (sati), joy (p?ti), tranquility (passaddhi), and equanimity (upekkh?). The complete state of samatha results from working with stable attention (sam?dhi) and mindfulness (sati) until joy emerges. Joy then gradually matures into tranquility, and equanimity arises out of that tranquility. A mind in samatha is the ideal instrument for achieving Insight and Awakening" [22]

Nine mental abidings

In a formulation originating in the ?r?vakabh?mi section of the Yog?c?rabh?mi-stra[note 3]?amatha practice is said to progress through nine "mental abidings" or Nine stages of training the mind (S. nav?k?r? cittasthiti, Tib. sems gnas dgu), leading to ?amatha proper (the equivalent of "access concentration" in the Therav?da system), and from there to a state of meditative concentration called the first dhy?na (P?li: jh?na; Tib. bsam gtan) which is often said to be a state of tranquillity or bliss.[24][25] An equivalent succession of stages is described in the Ten oxherding pictures of Zen.[26] The Nine Mental Abidings as described by Kamalala are:[21][24]

  1. Placement of the mind (S. cittasth?pana, Tib. - sems 'jog-pa) occurs when the practitioner is able to place their attention on the object of meditation, but is unable to maintain that attention for very long. Distractions, dullness of mind and other hindrances are common.
  2. Continuous attention (S. samsth?pana, Tib. - rgyun-du 'jog-pa) occurs when the practitioner experiences moments of continuous attention on the object before becoming distracted. According to B Alan Wallace, this is when you can maintain your attention on the meditation object for about a minute.[27]
  3. Repeated attention (S. avasth?pana, Tib. ? - slan-te 'jog-pa) is when the practitioner's attention is fixed on the object for most of the practice session and she or he is able to immediately realize when she or he has lost their mental hold on the object and is able to restore that attention quickly. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche suggests that being able to maintain attention for 108 breaths is a good benchmark for when we have reached this stage.[28]
  4. Close attention(S. upasth?pana, Tib. - nye-bar 'jog-pa) occurs when the practitioner is able to maintain attention throughout the entire meditation session (an hour or more) without losing their mental hold on the meditation object at all. In this stage the practitioner achieves the power of mindfulness. Nevertheless, this stage still contains subtle forms of excitation and dullness or laxity.[27]
  5. Tamed attention (S. damana, Tib. ? - dul-bar byed-pa), by this stage the practitioner achieves deep tranquility of mind, but must be watchful for subtle forms of laxity or dullness, peaceful states of mind which can be confused for calm abiding. By focusing on the future benefits of gaining Shamatha, the practitioner can uplift (gzengs-bstod) their mind and become more focused and clear.[29]
  6. Pacified attention (S. ?amana,Tib. ? - zhi-bar byed-pa) is the stage during which subtle mental dullness or laxity is no longer a great difficulty, but now the practitioner is prone to subtle excitements which arise at the periphery of meditative attention. According to B. Alan Wallace this stage is achieved only after thousands of hours of rigorous training.[27]
  7. Fully pacified attention (S. vyupa?amana,Tib. - nye-bar zhi-bar byed-pa), although the practitioner may still experience of subtle excitement or dullness, they are rare and the practitioner can easily recognize and pacify them.
  8. Single-pointed attention (S. ekot?karana,Tib. ? - rtse-gcig-tu byed-pa) in this stage the practitioner can reach high levels of concentration with only a slight effort and without being interrupted even by subtle laxity or excitement during the entire meditation session.
  9. Attentional Balance (S. sam?dh?na,Tib. - mnyam-par 'jog-pa) the meditator now effortlessly reaches absorbed concentration (ting-nge-'dzin, S. samadhi.) and can maintain it for about four hours without any single interruption.[27]
  10. ?amatha, Tib. ?, shyiné - the culmination, is sometimes listed as a tenth stage.

Five faults and eight antidotes

The textual tradition of Tibetan Buddhism identifies five faults and eight antidotes within the practice of ?amatha meditation. The five faults identify obstacles to meditation practice, and the eight antidotes are applied to overcome the five faults. This formulation originates with Maitreyan?tha's Madhy?nta-vibh?ga and is elaborated upon in further texts, such as the Stages of Meditation (Bh?van?krama) by Kamalala.[30]

Five faults

To practice ?amatha, one must select an object of observation (?lambana, dmigs-pa). Then one must overcome the five faults (?d?nava, nyes-dmigs):[21][31]

1. laziness (kaus?dya, le-lo)
2. forgetting the instruction (avav?dasammosa, gdams-ngag brjed-pa)
3. laxity (laya, bying-ba) and excitement (auddhatya, rgod-pa). Laxity may be coarse (aud?rika, rags-pa) or subtle (s?ksma, phra-mo). Lethargy (sty?na, rmugs-pa) is often also present, but is said to be less common.
4. non-application (anabhisamsk?ra, 'du mi-byed-pa)
5. [over]application (abhisamsk?ra, 'du byed-pa)
Eight antidotes

The following eight antidodes (pratipak?a, gnyen-po) or applications (abhisamsk?ra, 'du-byed pa) can be applied to overcome the five faults:[21]

for laziness:
1. faith (?raddh?, dad-pa)
2. aspiration (chanda, 'dun-pa)
3. exertion (vyayama, rtsol-ba)
4. pliancy (pra?rabdhi, shin-sbyangs)
for forgetting the instruction:
5. mindfulness (sm?ti, dran-pa)
for laxity and excitement:
6. awareness (samprajaña, shes-bzhin)
for non-application:
7. application (abhisa?sk?ra, 'du byed-pa)
for overapplication:
8. non-application (anabhisa?sk?ra, 'du mi-byed-pa)

Six Powers

Six powers (bala, stobs) are also needed for ?amatha:[32]

1. hearing (?ruta, thos-pa)
2. thinking (cint?, bsam-pa)
3. mindfulness (sm?ti, dran-pa)
4. awareness (samprajaña, shes-bzhin)
5. effort (v?rya, brtson-'grus)
6. familiarity (paricaya, yong-su 'dris-pa)

Four modes of mental engagement

Four modes of mental engagement (manask?ra, yid-la byed-pa) are said to be possible:[21]

1. forcible engagement (balav?hana, sgrim-ste 'jug-pa)
2. interrupted engagement (sacchidrav?hana, chad-cing 'jug-pa)
3. uninterrupted engagement (ni?chidrav?hana, med-par 'jug-pa)
4. spontaneous engagement (an?bhogav?hana, lhun-grub-tu 'jug-pa)

Mah?mudr? and dzogchen

?amatha is approached somewhat differently in the mah?mudr? tradition as practiced in the Kagyu lineage. As Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche explains,

In the practice of Mahamudra tranquility meditation ... we treat all thoughts as the same in order to gain sufficient distance and detachment from our current mental state, which will allow us to ease naturally into a state of tranquility without effort or contrivance [...] In order for the mind to settle, we need to suspend the value judgments that we impose on our mental activities [...] it is essential that we not try to create a state of tranquility but allow the mind to enter into tranquility naturally. This is an important notion in the Mahamudra tradition, that of nondoing. We do not do tranquility meditation, we allow tranquility to arise of its own accord, and it will do so only if we stop thinking of the meditative state as a thing that we need to do actively [...] In a manner of speaking, catching yourself in the act of distraction is the true test of tranquility meditation, for what counts is not the ability to prevent thoughts or emotions from arising but the ability to catch ourselves in a particular mental or emotional state. This is the very essence of tranquility meditation [in the context of Mah?mudr?] [...] The Mahamudra style of meditation does not encourage us toward the different levels of meditative concentration traditionally described in the exoteric meditation manuals [...] From the Mahamudra point of view, we should not desire meditative equipoise nor have an aversion to discursive thoughts and conflicting emotions but view both of these states with equanimity. Again, the significant point is not whether meditative equipoise is present but whether we are able to maintain awareness of our mental states. If disturbing thoughts do arise, as they certainly will, we should simply recognize these thoughts and emotions as transient phenomena.[33]

For the Kagyupa, in the context of mah?mudr?, ?amatha by means of mindfulness of breathing is thought to be the ideal way for the meditator to transition into taking the mind itself as the object of meditation and generating vipa?yan? on that basis.[34]

Quite similar is the approach to ?amatha found in dzogchen semde (Sanskrit: mah?sandhi cittavarga). In the semde system, ?amatha is the first of the four yogas (Tib. naljor, Wylie: rnal-'byor),[35] the others being vipa?yan? (Wylie: lhag-mthong), nonduality (advaya, Tib. nyime,Wylie: gnyis-med),[36] and spontaneous presence (an?bogha or nir?bogha, Tib. lhundrub, Wylie: lhun-grub).[37] These parallel the four yogas of mah?mudr?.

In June 1996 Ajahn Amaro established Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California, where he was co-abbot with Ajahn Pasanno until July, 2010 Ajahn Amaro returned to Amaravati in July, 2010 and as a longtime student in the Thai Forest Therav?din tradition of Ajahn Chah, has also trained in the dzogchen semde ?amatha approach under Tsoknyi Rinpoche. He found similarities in the approaches of the two traditions to ?amatha.[38]

Relationship with vipa?yan?

Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche clearly charts the developmental relationship of the practices of ?amatha and vipa?yan?:

The ways these two aspects of meditation are practised is that one begins with the practice of shamatha; on the basis of that, it becomes possible to practice vipashyana or lhagthong. Through one's practice of vipashyana being based on and carried on in the midst of shamatha, one eventually ends up practicing a unification [yuganaddha] of shamatha and vipashyana. The unification leads to a very clear and direct experience of the nature of all things. This brings one very close to what is called the absolute truth.[39]

Similar practices in other religions

Meditations from other religious traditions may also be recognized as samatha meditation, that differ in the focus of concentration. In this sense, samatha is not a strictly Buddhist meditation. Samatha in its single-pointed focus and concentration of mind is cognate with the sixth "limb" of aanga yoga', r?ja yoga which is concentration (dh?ra). For further discussion, see the Yoga S?tras of Patañjali.

See also

Christianity
Islam

Notes

  1. ^ Also romanized to shamatha, Tib. ?, shyiné; Wylie: zhi gnas; English: "calm" or "tranquility"
  2. ^ A 2008 book by Richard Shankman entitled The Experience of Samadhi: An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation comparatively surveys the treatment of samatha in the suttas, in the commentarial tradition of the Visuddhimagga, and among a number of prominent contemporary Therav?da teachers of various orientations.[10]
  3. ^ This is also found in Asa?ga's Abhidharmasamuccaya[23]. It is also found in the Mah?y?nas?tr?la?k?ra of Maitreyan?tha.

References

  1. ^ Ray, Reginald A. (Ed.)(2004). In the Presence of Masters: Wisdom from 30 Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Teachers. Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Shambhala. ISBN 1-57062-849-1 (pbk.: alk. paper) p.69.
  2. ^ Ray, Reginald A. (Ed.)(2004). In the Presence of Masters: Wisdom from 30 Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Teachers. Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Shambhala. ISBN 1-57062-849-1 (pbk.: alk. paper) p.70.
  3. ^ Ray, Reginald A. (Ed.)(2004). In the Presence of Masters: Wisdom from 30 Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Teachers. Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Shambhala Publications. ISBN 1-57062-849-1 (pbk.: alk. paper) p.69.
  4. ^ a b Wallace, A: 'The Attention Revolution', Wisdom Publications, 1st ed., 2006, p.164
  5. ^ See, for instance, AN 2.30 in Bodhi (2005), pp. 267-68, and Thanissaro (1998e).
  6. ^ See, for instance, Bodhi (1999) and Nyanaponika (1996), p. 108.
  7. ^ although this term is also used for vipassan? meditation
  8. ^ Henepola Gunaratana, The Jhanas In Theravada Buddhist Meditation, http://www.wisdomlib.org/buddhism/book/the-jhanas/d/doc979.html
  9. ^ Gethin, The foundations of Buddhism, 1998, pg 182-83
  10. ^ The Experience of Samadhi: An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation by Richard Shankman. Shambhala: 2008. ISBN 1-59030-521-3
  11. ^ Schumann 1997.
  12. ^ These definitions of samatha and vipassana are based on the Four Kinds of Persons Sutta (AN 4.94). This article's text is primarily based on Bodhi (2005), pp. 269-70, 440 n. 13. See also Thanissaro (1998d).
  13. ^ Bodhi (2000), pp. 1251-53. See also Thanissaro (1998c) (where this sutta is identified as SN 35.204). See also, for instance, a discourse (P?li: sutta) entitled "Serenity and Insight" (SN 43.2), where the Buddha states: "And what, bhikkhus, is the path leading to the unconditioned? Serenity and insight...." (Bodhi, 2000, pp. 1372-73).
  14. ^ While the Nikayas identify that the pursuit of vipassana can precede the pursuit of samatha, a fruitful vipassana-oriented practice must still be based upon the achievement of stabilizing "access concentration" (P?li: upacara sam?dhi).
  15. ^ Bodhi (2005), pp. 268, 439 nn. 7, 9, 10. See also Thanissaro (1998f).
  16. ^ Thanissaro 1997
  17. ^ Brahm (2006). Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond. Wisdom Publications, Inc. p. 25. ISBN 0-86171-275-7. 
  18. ^ "How to practice Calm-Abiding Meditation," Dharma Fellowship, [1],
  19. ^ Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa, Vol. II Shambhala Publications. pg 19
  20. ^ "State or Statement?: Sam?dhi in Some Early Mah?y?na S?tras." The Eastern Buddhist. 34-2. 2002 pg 57
  21. ^ a b c d e Meditative States in Tibetan Buddhism By Lati Rinpoche, Denma Locho Rinpoche, Leah Zahler, Jeffrey Hopkins Wisdom Publications: December 25, 1996. ISBN 0-86171-119-X pgs 53-85
  22. ^ Yates, Culadasa John; Immergut, Matthew; Graves, Jeremy (2015-10-06). The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science. Dharma Treasure Press. 
  23. ^ See Abhidharmasamuccaya
  24. ^ a b Wallace, A: 'The Attention Revolution', Wisdom Publications, 1st ed., 2006, p.6 [2]
  25. ^ The Practice of Tranquility & Insight: A Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation by Thrangu Rinpoche. Snow Lion Publications; 2 edition. 1998 ISBN 1-55939-106-5 pg 19
  26. ^ Piya Tan (2004), The Taming of the Bull. Mind-training and the formation of Buddhist traditions
  27. ^ a b c d Wallace, A: 'The Attention Revolution', Wisdom Publications, 1st ed., 2006, p.30 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "wisdompubs.org" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "wisdompubs.org" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "wisdompubs.org" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  28. ^ Nine Stages of Training the Mind
  29. ^ Achieving Shamatha by Dr. Alexander Berzin on StudyBuddhism.com
  30. ^ Study and Practice of Meditation: Tibetan Interpretations of the Concentrations and Formless Absorptions by Leah Zahler. Snow Lion Publications: 2009 pg 23
  31. ^ Study and Practice of Meditation: Tibetan Interpretations of the Concentrations and Formless Absorptions by Leah Zahler. Snow Lion Publications: 2009 pg 5)
  32. ^ Meditative States in Tibetan Buddhism By Lati Rinpoche, Denma Locho Rinpoche, Leah Zahler, Jeffrey Hopkins Wisdom Publications: December 25, 1996. ISBN 0-86171-119-X pgs 54-58
  33. ^ Mind at Ease, by Traleg Kyabgon, Shambhala Publications, pgs 149-152, 157
  34. ^ Pointing Out the Great Way: The Stages of Meditation in the Mahamudra tradition by Dan Brown. Wisdom Publications: 2006 pg 221-34
  35. ^ [3]
  36. ^ Unbounded Wholeness by Anne C. Klein, Tenzin Wangyal. ISBN 0-19-517849-1 pg 349)
  37. ^ Unbounded Wholeness by Anne C. Klein, Tenzin Wangyal. ISBN 0-19-517849-1 pg 357, 359
  38. ^ Ajahn Chah's 'View of the View'", in Broad View, Boundless Heart by Ajahn Amaro.[4]
  39. ^ Ray, Reginald A. (Ed.)(2004). In the Presence of Masters: Wisdom from 30 Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Teachers. Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Shambala. ISBN 1-57062-849-1 (pbk.: alk. paper) p.76.

Sources

  • Schumann, Hans Wolfgang (1997), Boeddhisme, Asoka 

External links

The Nine Mental Abidings c.q. Stages of Tranquility

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