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Spiritual Faculty of Sama Samadhi

by Vajradevi (2019)

Vajradevi explores two very different approaches to samadhi - the more familiar ‘one-pointed’ samadhi and the momentary/‘broad’ samadhi, the khanika samadhi as described in the Visuddhimagga. In the latter it is the power of 'right view' which calms the mind down. She also explores the different perspectives on working with hindrance which the different samadhis bring - contrasting 'antidoting' with allowing the hindrance to be 'neutralized' by a 'benign knowing'. In discussing the role of acceptance in the practice of samadhi, Vajradevi draws on her own experience of working with physical pain. The talk concludes with some thoughts on just sitting (or 'open practice') as contrasted with structured practice, and how we each need to discover for ourselves the optimal balance for us.

[The talk was followed by ‘back and forth’ walking meditation, like the monks and nuns of old, and we concluded with just sitting.]

This talk is part of the series Pathways to the Beautiful Mind: Bristol Rains Retreat 2019.

Total running time: 0:22:1