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What is the difference between samadhi and samatha?

Samatha is tranquility meditation, meditating on a stable object with the objective of reaching calm states/jhanas. Samadhi is concentration. The Buddha's teachings of the eightfold noble path are ...
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What did the Buddha mean when he spoke about samma samadhi?

The Suttas usually define Samma-Samadhi as the four jhanas, but in some Suttas it gives a different explanation. For example, in the Mahacattarisa Sutta the Buddha said: The Blessed One said: "Now ...
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What is the different between Nirodha Samapatti and Phala Samapatti?

Phalasamapatti is a meditative state in which a person is absorbed in Nibbana itself. In this attainment there is a special kind of consciousness present called Lokuttara-citta. In contrast to this, ...
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What is the difference between samadhi and samatha?

Just to add to what Robin has said and answer your last question. "..are the underlying concepts related if you consider the Pali origins of the words i.e. do they have similar roots in the language?"...
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Should I judge the efficacy of Samadhi based on the ethical qualities of the meditator?

As far as I understand, one of the main purposes of the eight factor of the Path (samma samadhi) is to clean the mind from impurities. All factors of the N8P have the same purpose, they just operate ...
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Does Samadhi realm of desire require single-pointed focus?

There are no 3 realms of Samadhi(Jhana). The jhanas have nothing to do with sensual desire. First four jhanas lead to birth in fine material realms. The last four lead to immaterial realms. One-...
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After samadhi what?

So... what was it, where it came from and why? What you have described sounds very much like the experience of Udayabbaya ñana or the knowledge of Arising and Passing Away. You can search for these ...
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Threefold division of noble eightfold path

The forerunner of the path is right view (MN117) and basically this means that you must understand something about Buddhism correctly before starting to practise. However, the rest of the practice of ...
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Is samadhi the same as samatha? Is there khanika samatha?

If I sit dow on the cushion for a moment, that's momentary samatha. Samatha is simply calmimg. It can take place anywhere. Samatha can lead to samadhi, but the two are by no means identical. It ...
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Is appana samadhi the same as magga/phala?

What the venerable means is that, according to the abhidhamma, magga and phala are both types of appana samadhi, not that all appana samadhi is magga and phala (which would be silly anyway, because ...
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discursive meditation

My question: When sitting shall we use a short sentence? Like: Death is inevitable. I am a mortal being. Like me all beings in samsara will face death when the time comes. Hence, we must transform our ...
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Proper way to give metta

Different lineages / teachers would advice on this differently. My answer is based on what I picked from different teachers. Before doing metha best to to do a bit of breath meditation and insight ...
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How does the Bhavanga State relate to the Jhanas?

Jhana is more than just the giving up of the five senses. Each of the jhanas is the result of very strong samadhi, and has specific factors that go along with it. For example, the first jhana has five ...
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Does Samadhi realm of desire require single-pointed focus?

Samma Samadhi (right concentration) is a specific word in Buddhism to describe form realm and no form realm in conjunction with noble eight fold path. (please note Samma or Right) If you take only the ...
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After samadhi what?

While I have never had such an experience that lasted for days, I have had some rather zen moments upon reaching epiphanies during contemplative thought. I think the longest was about 15 minutes long ...
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A concentrated monk discerns things as they actually are?

I'm here burning the mid-night oil for the bounty!! :)))) Unfortunately I wasn't able to find the corresponding Agama Text, else it would be more clear, to me at least. However, Samadhi normally ...
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Sutta jhana vs. Visuddhimagga jhana

There is definitely a lot of confusion about Jhanas. In general, Buddhism has always been infamous for its lack of trust to teachers, texts, and interpretations - hence traditional obsession with "...
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Missing Dhyana/Jhana Sutras?

Yes some texts of the pali canon have parallels in what people call the (chinese) agamas. The links for the agamas is here: Where can I find the Chinese Canon Agama in English translation? Some ...
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Should I judge the efficacy of Samadhi based on the ethical qualities of the meditator?

Right immersion (sammāsamādhi) requires right view. Without that right view, we step off the Noble Eightfold Path very early on (AN4.208): And who’s bad? It’s someone who has wrong view, wrong ...
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Why work on one thing at a time?

The instruction to do "one thing at a time" is implied by the Buddha's praise of Sāriputta's practice, which was intense, deep and accomplished methodically one by one: MN111:1.6: The Buddha said ...
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Why we need Samadhi to attain enlightement?

Is widom something like that ? What is the connection between samadhi and wisdom ? There's a big difference between wisdom and being book-smart. If you have a fish tank full of muddy water, and if ...
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Is samadhi the same as samatha? Is there khanika samatha?

Shamatha and Samadhi are not synonyms. Samadhi is Single-Pointed Concentration, a completely stable and highly refined state of attention. You can achieve voluntary sustained Samadhi through ...

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