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Meditative Concentration

- How to enter meditative concentration?
- Is there any harm in entering meditative concentration?
- What does meditative concentration feel like, and what kind of wisdom it generated?
- How to achieve the stae of one-pointed concentration?
- The meaning and states of samadhi
- Let's see how Master Sheng Yen elaborate on the practices of meditative concentration!

How to enter meditative concentration?

The spirit of Chan is concentrating the mind on a single thought and cultivating awareness of our actions.

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.

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

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.

How to achieve the state of one-pointed concentration?

"All Buddhist sects in China advocate recitation of Buddha's name for it is the simplest method for spiritual practice, which is proven to be effective to the greatest number of people and has been most commonly used. Buddha-name recitation brings numerous benefits: spiritual response, protection from Dharma-protecting deities, elimination of evil thoughts, peace of mind and body, benefits in the present life, rebirth to Amitabha's Pure Land.

The meaning and states of samadhi

In Chinese Samadhi is transliterated as "sanmei". Samadhi originally means meditative concentration, a state where that the mind and body, or the mind and the environment are one, and you no longer have scattered thoughts. But later in Mahayana and Chan, it denotes the combination of concentration and wisdom: undefiled and wise, one remains in concentration in all activities.

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