How to do Samatha Meditation

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How to do Samatha Meditation In a previous post, I talked about Vipassana and how it is practiced.  In this article I will discuss Samatha meditation which is simply “one pointed concentration” meditation.  Both Vipassana and Samatha are like different sides of the same coin, so to speak. Samatha, in essence is the Buddhist practice of the calming of the mind using single-pointed meditation.  One of the most common examples of this type of meditation is mindfulness of breathing.  This is a practice found in both Theravada and Mahayana traditions. Etymology The word “samatha” or “shamatha” is composed of two … Continue reading

Vipassana Meditation

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Vipassana Meditation Vipassana is translated by some Buddhist teachers as “insight meditation”.  This is a practice that is common in both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism (in Sanskrit it is written as vipashyana) and is a practice that is consistent with the teachings of the Buddha. Etymology The word vipassana consists of two components, the pref-fix “vi-“ which means “ through” and the word passana means “to see” or “to perceive”.  So when you put the two together you get a translation of “to see through” to “see into” the nature of the self and of reality itself. History Vipassana wasn’t … Continue reading