A Complete Guide to Shamatha Meditation

A Complete Guide to Shamatha Meditation

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 purpose of shamatha meditation is simply to stabilize the mind by cultivating a steady awareness of the object of 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. Read More