Shamatha Meditation — Guided Practice

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Shamatha Meditation — Guided Practice

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Shamatha (a Sanskrit word that means “peaceful abiding” or “tranquility”) meditation is the foundation of Buddhist practice, however, similar practices can be found in traditions around the world, and you don’t have to have any religious or philosophical beliefs to practice it. The purpose of shamatha meditation is simply to stabilize the mind by cultivating a steady awareness of the object of meditation. It is also commonly referred to as mindfulness or concentration meditation.

The traditional practice of shamatha uses different objects as the focus of practice, and eventually, continued practice leads to practicing without an object of support, which allows one to meditate on emptiness itself in a relaxed and open awareness.

Instructed by Joseph P. Kauffman, this guided meditation is intended to help you establish a foundation in the practice of meditation, so that you may discover the peace that this practice can provide, and so that you may learn the technique to practice on your own. Shamatha is the foundation of Buddhist meditation practice because it stabilizes the mind, and it isn’t until the mind is quiet that we can really relax in the open awareness of our true nature.