Calm Abiding (shamatha)

The meditation practice of stabilizing the mind and strengthening its concentrative powers
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    The Stability of Ease Paid Member

    THESE DAYS, many people are very enthusiastic about the dharma, the teaching of the buddhas. What is so important, I feel, is that initial stage, when you’re really in love with the dharma, when you feel inspired and enthusiastic. That’s the time to go all out and get a good basis in the dharma and stabilize it. More »
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    The Heart-Essence of Buddhist Meditation Paid Member

    Clinging to one’s school and condemning othersIs the certain way to waste one’s learning.Since all dharma teachings are good,Those who cling to sectarianismDegrade Buddhism and severThemselves from liberation. —Milarepa, The One Hundred Thousand SongsDuring my initial private meeting with the Venerable Kalu Rinpoche, my first root guru, I asked him about the main points of meditation. He asked what kind of meditation I was doing, and I told him mindfulness of breathing. “What will you concentrate on when you stop breathing?” he asked. More »
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    Calm Abiding Paid Member

    There are many methods for creating a mind that is one-pointed and joyful, the most important of which is meditation. The Buddhist tradition offers a multitude of diverse meditations. It is said the Buddha taught eighty-four thousand gates of samadhi [one-pointed concentration]. We first meditate on calm abiding [shamatha], as it is indispensable and easiest for those who are beginning to practice. More »