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  Samatha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Samatha (Pāli; Sanskrit: śamatha), "Tranquility" or "concentration" meditation.
In this sense, samatha is not a Buddhist meditation.
Samatha lead to states of meditative absorption or concentration called Jhana which is often translated as state of tranquility or bliss.
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 Samatha (Meditation)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Samatha meditation is an effective but gentle way of training the mind to develop inner strength and freedom from turmoil, leading on to clarity and understanding.
There are many kinds of Samatha meditation techniques: this one is based on attention to the breath, a subject which is said to be suitable for all types of people.
The Samatha Trust was formed in 1973 to support the teaching of this form of meditation in various parts of the country and to establish a national centre.
britishregister.tripod.com /ayurveda/id15.html   (211 words)

 One Tool Among Many
Samatha and vipassana were used together to master jhana and then — based on jhana — were developed even further to give rise to the end of mental defilement and to bring release from suffering.
Samatha helps prevent the manifestations of aversion — such as nausea, dizziness, disorientation, and even total blanking out — that can occur when the mind is trapped against its will in the present moment.
From this description it's obvious that samatha and vipassana are not separate paths of practice, but instead are complementary ways of relating to the present moment: samatha provides a sense of ease in the present; vipassana, a clear-eyed view of events as they actually occur, in and of themselves.
www.accesstoinsight.org /lib/authors/thanissaro/onetool.html   (2911 words)

 Anapana: Samatha or Vipassana?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The purpose of samatha meditation is to attain the higher degree of concentration which is called jhāna or appana.
Samatha meditation is concentration meditation, not realisation meditation.
What we should know about the difference between samatha and vipassanā meditation is that samatha meditation has only a single object of meditation such as respiration, but vipassanā meditation has many different objects of meditation because all mental states and all physical processes are the objects of meditation.
www.aimwell.org /Books/Library/Other/Anapana/anapana.html   (5547 words)

 Samatha-vipassana   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Samatha and vipassana are ingredient to all Buddhist meditation practices, however, divergences in opinions arise when one approach is given primacy over the other.
According to Buddhaghosa, the samatha or "one pointedness of mind" achieved through jhana is designed to exclude unwanted stimuli from awareness to a degree in which all sensory input, perception and cognition are halted (Griffiths 607).
Samatha rids the mind of all emotional and intellectual contents, eventually culminating in the "supreme desirelessness of the deathless realm, the nibbana-in-life which is the complete cessation of cognition and sensation" (Griffiths 619).
www.russbo.com /scholar/samathavipassana.htm   (2056 words)

 E-sangha, Buddhist Forum and Buddhism Forum -> One Tool Among Many   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
One simile, for instance (SN XXXV.204), compares samatha and vipassana to a swift pair of messengers who enter the citadel of the body via the noble eightfold path and present their accurate report -- Unbinding, or nibbana -- to the consciousness acting as the citadel's commander.
Once the meditator is endowed with both samatha and vipassana, he/she should "make an effort to establish those very same skillful qualities to a higher degree for the ending of the mental fermentations (asava -- sensual passion, states of being, views, and ignorance)." This corresponds to the path of samatha and vipassana developing in tandem.
Samatha helps prevent the manifestations of aversion -- such as nausea, dizziness, disorientation, and even total blanking out -- that can occur when the mind is trapped against its will in the present moment.
www.lioncity.net /buddhism/index.php?showtopic=5652   (3163 words)

Its true, Samatha is a meditation employed by many individuals for a better and calmer worldliness; a tamed mind has greater potential for good qualities in every human endeavor.
The content of the object of observation is the breath, and the final form of samatha is never more than an extension of the content, therefore the inspiration to meditate comes from the fruit of the ninth stage of final absorption and also from the momentary breathing which is the form and object of focus.
Samatha concerns mental stabilization which Buddhists believe is an indispensable condition for vipasyana, also for performing tantric sadhanas which require exacting visualization.
users.rcn.com /occult/occulus/Samatha_000.html   (11147 words)

This is samatha and eventually this samadhi-base is the cause for wisdom or vipassana to arise.
This suggests that, in the eyes of those who assembled the Pali discourses, samatha, jhana, and vipassana were all part of a single path.
Samatha and vipassana were used together to master jhana and then -- based on jhana -- were developed even further to give rise to the end of mental defilement and to bring release from suffering.
www.beliefnet.com /study_groups/studygroup_message_list.asp?studyGroupID=5735&discussionID=322320   (1471 words)

 Samatha   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Samatha, a traditional form of Buddhist meditation based on mindfulness of breathing.
The Samatha meditation techique has its roots in the Thai Theravadin tradition, and was introduced to England in 1962 by a Thai meditation teacher.
The Samatha Trust was formed in 1973 to support the teaching of this form of meditation practice in various parts of the country and to establish a national centre.
britishregister.tripod.com /meditation/id1.html   (235 words)

In the development of samatha there must be mahå-kusala citta accompanied by paññå which attains calm by meditation on one of the forty meditation subjects of samatha.
With regard to the forty meditation subjects of samatha, some objects condition the citta to be calm, but not to the degree of upacåra samådhi, access concentration, and some objects condition calm to the degree of upacåra samådhi.
In this context, the person who develops samatha should not merely have theoretical knowledge of the difference between lobha-múla-citta and mahå-kusala citta, but he should be able to distinguish between their characteristics when they appear.
www.abhidhamma.org /Para11.htm   (6842 words)

 Samatha And Vipassana
Samatha Bhávaná is sometimes called Samatha Kammatthana because it is directed towards one-pointed-ness of concentration (Samádhi) on one-specific object only; Vipassana Bhávaná is also called Vipassana Kammatthana because it aims at the achievement of enlightenment after having contemplated on the objects.
By the power of Samatha Kammatthana, a man cannot die even though he is enclosed in an airless cave or he stays in water without breathing for long.
Oh, Bhikkhus Contemplate on the specific object of meditation by means of Samatha Bhávaná or contemplate on the characteristics of arising and passing away of the aggregates of mentality and materiality by means of Vipassana Bhávaná.
www.buddhistinformation.com /samatha_and_vipassana.htm   (5198 words)

 The Tiny Book of Stopping and Looking
He said that samatha is the thin shell of glass protecting the flame of insight from the wind of habitual tendencies.
The practice of samatha: calming or concentration, in isolation from vipasyana; insight, looking, is an attempt to hold ourselves still in the midst of the waves, the coming and going of experiences that our lives, inescapably, are.
Samatha is attempting to control our thoughts, feelings, states through focusing on the breath, or whatever kind of technique or object our little samatha technique has involved.
www.wwzc.org /dharmaTalks/tinyBook.htm   (2922 words)

 Journal of Buddhist Ethics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
I find it useful to categorize scholars who have written on the relationship between vipassanā; and samatha into two groups: one group that considers vipassanā; to be essential and samatha to be inessential in the pursuit of nirvana, and a second group that views both samatha and vipassanā; to be essential for Buddhist soteriology.
Thus, Keown's theory about the relationship between samatha and vipassanā; is meant to supplement his larger theory on the equal importance of morality (sīla) and knowledge (paññā), which in turn is deployed to support the main argument of his book that Buddhist ethics can be best characterized as a type of virtue ethics.
On this reading, samatha techniques are the means by which the psyche is restructured to have the proper affective state, namely the kind of noncognitive moral concern epitomized by the Buddha.
jbe.gold.ac.uk /11/mill0301.html   (8180 words)

 Stillness and Insight
In the deepest development of samatha, the absorption states, there is a temporary suspension of the activity of body and mind, which means there is also a temporary suspension of the hindrances and of all the obscurations.
Samatha practice does not hold the development of insight as its primary purpose, yet inevitably there are some profound insights that emerge.
Samatha practice is a training that has the power to change the shape of our mind in an enduring way.
www.dharma.org /ij/archives/2001b/cf_still.htm   (3716 words)

 Swift Pair of Messengers - Ajahn Sujato
In ordinary usage, ‘samatha’ means ‘calming, settling, pacifying’, for example, of disputes and litigations;[2] here the meaning approaches ‘cessation’.
Samatha is the steadying of the mind, its settling, unifying, and concentrating in samadhi.
However, samatha and vipassana also occur as a comprehensive summary of the meditative aspect of the path, and the next passage treats them as leading to the development of the mind and of wisdom respectively.
www.buddhanet.net /budsas/ebud/swiftpair/02.htm   (2466 words)

 Samatha   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Whatever you think of before the attainment of Samatha is an act of the sixth consciousness and mixed and tainted with the past life of false views and the system of avidya, that is, samsara.
Once Samatha is obtained, then the force of it may be used to meditate on the Truth; thus with avidya cut off, your whole system of thought is correctly oriented and turned towards Enlightenment.
Samatha belongs to dhyana and Samapatti is the cause of wisdom.
www.yogichen.org /chenian/bk63.html   (4534 words)

 Samatha Sutta explained by Sujin Boriharnwanaket at Khunying Noparat's, July 6, 2000
But the sutta intended the development of samatha and vipassana to be done simultaneously, even when one has realized the dhamma with the supreme panna, one should also persevere to have peacefulness within also.
We would know that even the samatha bhavana developed to the arupa-jhana of the highest level would not be able to know even the characteristics, of nama-dhamma and rupa-dhamma of that instant, as not the self.
For example this passage might be misunderstood; but actually when the samma-sati arises and is mindful (of the characteristics of realities), its peacefulness (composed with panna) must be greater than the peacefulness without the panna that experiences the characteristics of nama-dhamma and rupa-dhamma.
www.dhammastudy.com /samsutta.html   (5958 words)

 Desi Match - First Matrimonial Magazine for South Asians in USA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In fact, he gave her parents only three days to prepare for the wedding ceremony and had to fly back to the U.S. on March 16, hours after the traditional ceremony was completed.
Samatha and Govind talked with each other for about five months before they decided to meet - for dinner at Brahma Bull, an Indian restaurant in Fresno, California.
When he was into the last week of his holiday, he got a call from Samatha, who was in India to attend her sister's wedding.When she invited Govind and his parents to her sister's wedding, she had no inkling that things would move so fast and that she herself would be married in three days.
www.bharatmatrimony.com /desimatch/magazine1a.html   (385 words)

For the development of samatha which leads to calm and steadiness of citta, one must recollect only subjects of meditation which are the condition for the citta to be ever more firmly established in calm, so that different degrees of samaadhi, concentration, can be attained.
The development of samatha to the degree of kusala citta with calm which has reached the stage of jhaana must be much more difficult.
This can be done by pa~n~naa of the level of samatha, the pa~n~naa which sees the danger of clinging to sense objects and which knows the way to develop the calm which is detachment from sense objects.
www.abhidhamma.org /meri3.html   (7712 words)

 Meditation 3
Some Westerners translated Samatha as concentration but I disagree because Samatha has 8 states and concentration is only a tiny part of all process.
Samatha started from one-pointed concentration and end with a formless form of emptiness.
He practiced Samatha forwardly from 1 to 8 state and backwardly from 8 to 1 state as a mind exercise.
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 Theravada Meditation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Of these two types of mental training Samatha meditation is practised to attain higher concentration of the mind, peaceful and blissful living and the cessation of suffering.
As I explained to you, Samatha meditation is practised to attain higher concentration of the mind.
But whatever the object may be the aim of Samatha meditation is to obtain deep concentration of the mind, or the higher concentration of the mind.
www.saigon.com /~anson/ebud/vipass/vcourse1.htm   (5685 words)

 Samatha  Contact
Samatha Consists of Andy Worwood (bassist), Mike Boweter (drummer), Richard Patterson (guitar), and Wilford Prater (guitar).
In Samatha his knowledge and atypical style of the bass flourishes bringing complex textures and intricate tones to the band.
Mike Boweter Drummer/ Guitarist- Mike was born and raised in Mesa Arizona later relocating to Utah at the age of nine.
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 Buddhist Meditations - Samatha & Vipassana
The two are subtlety different, in that the Samatha meditation is to develop the mind control into a single pointedness; where else the Vipassana meditation is to realize the impermanence law of – Anicca, Dukha and Anatta.
The appropriate Samatha Meditation was then selected to ensure optimum results by matching the type of meditation to the temperament of the meditator.
The Samatha Meditation that I have chosen is the awareness of breathing meditation or Anapana Sati Meditation, which is what the Buddha Himself used to attain enlightenment.
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 Robin Beck: March 2005 Archives
This is because the cultivation of Smrti/Sati or Nen (mindfulness, attentiveness) and Concentration (samadhi) are common goals of Samatha Meditation.
Both forms of bhavana need right understanding, but the right understanding in samatha is different from the right understanding in vipassana.
Samatha and vipassana have different aims and their ways of development are different.
www.fraughtwithperil.com /blogs/rbeck/archives/2005_03.html   (1675 words)

 Concentration-Insight Meditation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Meditation by concentration of the mind to remove the Five Hindrances is known as samatha, while the contemplation of physical body, feelings, mental functions and phenomena (dhamma) to develop Right Wisdom is called vipassana.
Samatha also helps in learning about the natural Law of Kamma (cause and effect) as well as rebirth.
Samatha meditation also helps to calm down and remove craving, passion, and attachment to compounds or worldly objects.
www.concentration.org /_insight.html   (1788 words)

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