Acharya Kamalashila - Stages of Meditation
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Stages of Meditation – Acharya Kamalashila with commentary by the Dalai Lama
In this context, the mode of meditation is to deliberately stop all kinds of thoughts. You start by restraining the mind from following sensory consciousness. This should be followed by stopping the mind that reflects on sensory experiences and feelings of joy and misery. Focus the mind on its present and natural state without allowing it to become preoccupied with memories of the past and plans for the future.
Through such a process the mind’s true colour, so to speak, will gradually dawn on the practitioner. When the mind is free from all kinds of thoughts and concepts, suddenly a form of vacuity will appear. If the meditator tries to gain familiarity with that vacuity, the clarity of the consciousness will naturally become more obvious.
The source of the experienceTibetan Buddhism
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
Suppression of learning