Monday, April 30, 2012

What is the Concentration Link to Awakening?

Fixed Focus is the characteristic of the Concentration Link to Awakening
Samādhi-Sambojjhanga). Ceasing of distraction, disturbance, diversion,
, mental instability and wavering is the purpose of the quality of
Concentration (Samādhi). Incisive certainty is the manifestation of the
link to awakening. This stability enables breakthrough
understanding! Some concentration is present in all consciousness.
Training that anchors attention on only 1 object condenses this focus.
The proximate cause of concentration is happiness!
The resulting effect of concentration is knowledge and vision!
Concentration comes in increasing grades of intensity:
1: Momentary concentration with few seconds of one-pointedness. 
2: Preparatory concentration of longer, yet still unstable quality.
3: Access concentration which approaches the 1st jhāna absorption.
4: Absorption concentration with fixed and unified mental one-pointedness.
Fourfold is the blessing of Concentration:
1: Sublime happiness here and now through the 4 absorptions.
2: Assured knowledge and true vision of things as they really are.
3: Awareness and clear comprehension of all transient phenomena.
4: Ceasing of all mental fermentation by absence of clinging. DN 33

The Buddha once said: What mental fermentations (āsava) should be
by development? If a Bhikkhu by careful and rational attention
develops the Concentration Link to Awakening based on seclusion, based
on disillusion, based on ceasing, culminating in renouncing relinquishment,
then neither can mental fermentation, nor any fever, nor any discontent
ever arise in him. MN2 [i 11]
In one whose body is calm and who enjoys a pleasurable happiness the
becomes concentrated. The Concentration Link to Awakening
right there. He develops it, and for him repeatedly meditating
it goes gradually to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

Further inspirations on the condensing quality of Concentration (Samādhi):
Concentration_Samadhi, Samma-Samadhi, The_Concentration_Ability,
High_and_Alert, What is Right Concentration?, Feeding Concentration,
Stopping_Mental_Frustration, Stopping_Physical_Pain, Concentrated_Truth,
Art_of_Absorption, Jhana_Absorption, Joys_Beyond_This_World, 9_Stillings,
Details of the Jhana Absorptions, Requisites for Jhana Absorption, No Pain!
Concentration = Samãdhi!
Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest!
Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

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