The classical Theravada model of meditation employs the practices of shamatha and vipassana, both. Ajahn Brahmavamso explains the path of tranquility and insight.
Gaylon Ferguson explains that through both shamatha and vipashyana meditation we bring our mind back to its original state.
Shamatha meditation is the foundation of Buddhist practice. Lama Rod Owens teaches us a version from the Vajrayana tradition.
“The process of undoing bewilderment is based on stabilizing and strengthening our mind,” says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. “Shamatha meditation is how we do that.”
Our mind is like hard ground, says Sakyong Mipham. As meditation practitioners, we begin to till that ground so that we can grow the mind of enlightenment.
Whether you keep your eyes open or closed during meditation depends on your approach.
I’m confused about all the different terms for meditation, like shamatha, vipassana, zazen, mindfulness, calm abiding, insight, just sitting. What’s what?
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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche gives a brief instruction in Shamatha meditation.