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To stabilize the brain in one-pointed focus is the foundation of all varieties of meditation. Gen Lamrimpa used to be a meditation grasp who lived in a meditation hut in Dharamsala and who were referred to as to coach by means of the Dalai Lama. He leads the meditator step by step during the phases of meditation and prior the various stumbling blocks that come up alongside the best way. He discusses the features of brain that characterize every one of 9 degrees of attainment and the six psychological powers.

This publication was once formerly titled Shamatha Meditation.

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Mindfulness, then, entails a lack of forgetfulness. Its function is being free of mental distraction. It is the antidote to forgetfulness and, like forgetfulness, is a mental factor. Concentration refers to a mental factor having the function of focusing continually upon a designated entity. Here, the expression " designated entity" refers to a mental image or object. If the breath is the object of meditation, it would aJso refer to a physicaJ object. Elsewhere it will have a different meaning.

In this analogy, the ob· ject is pliancy. The faith which is the foundation of the structure might be confused by some as attachment, and it is important to dis· cern the difference between the two. To do so, we have to ask two questions. First: Is it possible to cultivate atmchment for the attainment of ~matha? Second: If so. how would that be distinguished from yearning, the wth that inspires aspiration? The answer to the fIrst question is: Yes. It is possible 10 have an attachment to medimtive quiescence.

When conditions are ripe and they actually do manifest, the joy that accompanies this blissful state increases to a peak and then tapers off. After this tapering off there arises a more stable, non-fluctuating kind of subtle pliancy which is the most effective. Counting the Breath Sitting in the proper posture, one can engage in this introductory practice. Following the breath in and out, one may count up to seven or twenty-one. Most important is seeing how much of the conceptual mind has been quieted by this technique.

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