Signs of Right Concentration

294af0401666523f2b344a3f75bdbf8dWith noble virtues and the power of concentration, meditation practitioners do not crave for reputation or profit. They destroy pride and arrogance. Their nature is mild and they do not harbor malice, nor do they feel miserliness or envy.

They are faithful, and their minds are pure; thus, they do not dispute with others. They are not deceptive, and are easy to approach. They are gentle, have a sense of modesty, and their minds are always directed to the Dharma. They practice diligently and completely uphold the Precepts. Their minds are always joyful and do not take offense in provocative situations.

Among the four types of offerings (food and drink, clothing, bedding, and medicine), they do not accept impure ones. They only accept pure offerings, know the proper amount, and are content with what has been received.

They bear suffering or pleasure without being stirred. They harbor no grudges, seek no competition, and do not like to fight. These are the characteristics of those who have attained single-mindedness in meditation.

—Kumarajiva, On the Concentration of Sitting Meditation

 

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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