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How to enter meditative concentration?

The spirit of Chan is stability, simplicity and tranquility. Meditative concentration is the unification of mind and thoughts. So we can pay attention to very fine details and know clearly at every movement. When we can create more Chan spirit in our daily lives, just like the living Chan, then we can have our lives more wisely and fully. Video clip:How to enter meditative concentration?

What does meditative concentration feel like, and what kind of wisdom is generated?

Buddhist wisdom corresponds with liberation, free of attachment to self-centeredness, and is different from worldly wisdom.
Meditative concentration, on the other hand, means simplicity, awareness, stability and practicality. We can practice Chan by first calming ourselves down internally, keeping our mind simple and free of wandering thoughts and focusing it on just one thought. But we should also know that following the spirit of Chan does not mean Chan in itself. Video clip: What does meditative concentration feel like, and what kind of wisdom is generated??

The three stages Chan practitioners undergo

Spiritual cultivation is a process that may go through three stages: seeing the mountain just as a mountain; seeing the mountain not as a mountain; and seeing the mountain just as a mountain again. The first stage represents the state of mind of average people. The second stage is when practitioners are working hard and so absorbed in their practice that they look but do not see, listen but do not hear. The third stage is when they have settled the self, or even let go of it or dissolved it. Only in the last stage does the self no longer exist.Video clip: The three stages Chan practitioners undergo

Is there any harm in entering meditative concentration?

It is not easy to enter concentration, and one who can attain concentration can certainly leave it, so there is no need to worry about not being able to come out of the state of meditative concentration. Extended concentration is an indication of good health, not a cause of physical problems. To avoid harmful hallucinatory states or so-called demonic states, practice under an experienced Buddhist teacher. Video clip:Is there any harm in entering meditative concentration?



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