Basic meditation, referred to as calm abiding, is used to cultivate a calm and expansive awareness while also developing one’s mental faculties (concentration, focus, fortitude, mental/emotional stability). However, the ultimate goal of calm abiding is to gain control over the thought process–or more appropriately the thinking process. When teaching meditation, instead of offering one static technique, I prefer to share a meditation toolbox so my friends can develop an adaptive meditation practice that fits their own unique mindset. Here, I present the following techniques as four sequential steps within a single calm abiding meditation session, although each technique may also be used independently.
~ Tenzin Tharpa
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