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To stabilize the brain in one-pointed focus is the root of all different types of meditation. Gen Lamrimpa was once a meditation grasp who lived in a meditation hut in Dharamsala and who were known as to coach by way of the Dalai Lama. He leads the meditator step by step in the course of the levels of meditation and previous the various hindrances that come up alongside the way in which. He discusses the traits of brain that signify each one of 9 degrees of attainment and the six psychological powers.
This booklet used to be formerly titled Shamatha Meditation.
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The ef~ fects will become apparent. airreya, The Examination of the Center and the Extremes, which elaborates on the five faults that act as obstacles to attainment, and the eight antidotes to those faults that aid one in focusing the mind properly on the object. THE FIVE FAULTS AND EIGHT ANTIDOTES The Five Faults Laziness The Eight Antidotes Pliancy [ Enthusiasm Aspiration Faith Forgetfulness Mindfulness Laxity and Excitement Vigilance Non-application Application Application Equanimity S6 Calming the Mind THE FIRST FAULT: LAZINESS Laziness* is a mental factor identified as a lack of delight in the wholesome.
The proper position for the head is slightly tilted or inclined to the front with the chin tucked back toward the neck. As you straighten the curve in the back, it is important to keep the head from fulling back. Conversely, when you tilt the head forward the tendency is to let it fall all the way forward. That too is a problem. The eyes should be slightly open. If the position of the head is correct, the eyes will then focus gently and unforced on the floor about three feet in front of you. Keep the jaw and lips soft.
Practicing §amatha is like sharpening the blade of an axe. It is not accomplished with a single stroke. You sharpen the axe so you can cut down a tree. If you don't cut it down, you've wasted your time. In similar fashion, you practice Samatha in order to cultivate the subsequent stages of the path. If you attain ~atha and fail to take that next step, you have expended your time and energy for nothing. How does one cultivate pliancy? Enthusiasm This is a mental factor which delights in virtue. That is its aspect.