(samatha) and Insight
There are two principal kinds of mental development
1: Development of mental
culminating in the development of
2: Development of
culminating in the
Insight, are essential
and crucial for release!
(samatha) is the pleasant, peaceful, yet lucid state of
a settled mind acquired as a preliminary to meditative absorption.
It blesses the meditator
with 3 things: Happy life, happy rebirth, and
mental purity suitable for gaining progressively
Concentration is a necessary prerequisite for such incisive insight..
Why so? It removes
the distractions that veil the investigating vision!
Insight is that, which leads to entrance of the
4 stages of Nobility..
Why so? It irreversibly removes gross and
samādhi literally means ~being firmly put evenly together
(sam + a + dha), and is mental state focused on only one
which literally means ~ mind gone one place only =
one-pointedness of mind.
Any state of consciousness has a degree of mental concentration!
One may distinguish these four
increasing levels of concentration:
1: Momentary or transient
2: Preliminary or preparing
3: Access, approach,
4: Absorption, or attainment
(vipassanā) is the penetrative
understanding, gained by only
direct meditative experience of the inherent
dukkha, anattā) of all physical and mental states
of being included in these
form, feeling, perception, mental construction, and consciousness...
is derived from the causative form of the verbal root
to be, to become, causing to be, making come into being,
the calling into existence of, the production of, or development of.
When applied to Mental Training this simply means
on Insight (Vipassanā):
More on Calm (Samatha):
Bliss, Calm, Calm_and_Insight, Calm_Power, The_Tranquil_One,
Breathing_Calm_and_Insight, Silenced, Forest_Bliss2, Calmed...