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The Meditation Practice

Samadhi is the Pali word for meditative concentration. The texts of the Buddha define samadhi in two ways:

  1. The wholesome mind steadily fixed on an object

  2. The unification of mind.

A firm focus on a single object means that mental hindrances, stress or excessive thought does not disturb the mind. Samadhi offers the experience of non-distraction and thus contributes to the attainment of calm.

Happiness functions as an approximate condition for samadhi and happiness emerges as an outcome of samadhi. Samadhi develops through the application of:

  • interest from wake up to sleep

  • patience with the process

  • dissolving of stress in mind and body

  • the motivation to develop samadhi,

  • wise instructions of the meditation teacher

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