Stephen Batchelor explores and describes the different types
of meditation practices available. He goes on to describe
the differences between an intellectual understanding of
them and a complete embodiment of the practice both on the
cushion and in daily life.
Tibetan Buddhism Archive
The first of a two-part talk dealing with Buddha, Dharma and
Sangha (the Three Jewels) and about appropriate efforts for
explains how Buddhism is, contrary to popular thought, not
a religion based on any type of faith or belief. Rather,
Buddhism is a way of understanding the true nature of reality
Roshi Joan Halifax reminds us of Milarepa's words: "To
sum up: First, a vivid state of mental tranquility and a
sustaining energy together with a discerning intellect are
indispensable requirements for attaining perfect insight.
They are like the first steps of a staircase. Second, all
meditation, with or without form, must begin from deeply
aroused compassion and love. Whatever one does must emerge
from a loving attitude for the benefit of others. Third,
through perfect seeing, all discrimination is dissolved into
a non-conceptual state. Finally, with an awareness of the
void, one sincerely dedicates the results for the benefit
of others. I have understood this to be the best of ways." --The
Life of Milarepa.
She unpacks the words of Milarepa in our meditational experience.
She then goes on to explore why is it important to train
the mind, developing awareness through mindfulness, cultivating
reflectivity (stability and insight), and prosocial states
of mind (four boundless abodes). She describes the three
outcomes we train for: mental stability, vividness, and relaxation.
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