The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching - Chapter Fifteen Summary & Analysis

Nhat Hanh
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A one-pointed mind is the goal of right Concentration, which is active or selective, described by Hanh in poetry. In active concentration we accept whatever comes along, dwelling in the present and remaining clear. Selective concentration is focusing on one object, ignoring everything else. Concentration is not to ignore suffering but to be deeply present. It leads to happiness and right action and provides quality of life. The first four of the nine levels of meditative concentration are the Four Dhyanas involving the form realm. The next five are of the formless realm. "Worldly concentration seeks to escape. Supramundane concentration aims at complete liberation." Samadhi, or concentration, is also absorption. When we are absorbed in the moment, we become the moment, and transcend sensual pleasures and craving, becoming happier in a realm lighter than the gross, heavy realm of desires.After the fourth...

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