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The mother of all meditation states and of samadhi

In the recent meditation retreats (Autumn 2016), two points were investigated and experienced with fullness: Shamatha is the foundation of all meditation practices. It also is the mother-source that produces all subsequent meditative capacities, states, and samdhis. Additionally, it is … Continue reading

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The sky is the sky. Awareness is awareness.

Interlude is the space between, between in-breath and out-breath, between out-breath and in, it is the space between thoughts. Interlude is the space – the empty non-action – before action is engaged. Often action is engaged robotically, habitually. Just as … Continue reading

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The blossom of meditation

Meditation, classic and true, is a result like a blossom is to a plant. Many parts are necessary to be in place first in order for the blossom to open. Shamatha (tranquil abiding) is the ground of all meditation practice, … Continue reading

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No clouds

Bird flitting Mind flitting. Bird landing Mind abiding. Sky open Sky-like mind No clouds No clouds Trees reach into always perfect space Mind realizes its nature. Photograph: Incoming by Matthew Pacunas on DeviantART

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Training the elephant of the mind

In classical meditation training, the mind is symbolized by two animals: an elephant and a monkey. The elephant represents the qualities of inertia, stubbornness, repetitious mental and emotional patterns, and overall our ignorance about our own mind and its sublime, … Continue reading

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