Concentration Awakening Factor (Samadhi) – Dharma Talk by David Sudar (12-22-2020)


Originally given on 12/22/2020 at the Path of Sincerity Tuesday night Sangha, by David Sudar.


Samadhi is usually translated as “concentration,” although in this talk we’ll look at the deeper meaning of the term, and see how it more accurately means something like “collectedness of mind” or “stability of mind.”  We’ll discuss some of its key qualities, how it deepens into meditative absorption, and some of the key hindrances & aids to cultivating and deepening it.

The guiding ethos of how we will talk about samadhi is informed by the approach of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, who emphasizes that samadhi begins with wisdom/right view.  In turn, we’ll see how this creates a type of “concentration” that doesn’t rely on forcing the mind or one-pointedness, and increasingly creates a non-brittle samadhi that can be collected in any situation — even with lots of external “distractions!”

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