The fifth paramita (Dhyana) is sometimes called Samadhi and is connected to the seventh and eighth steps on the Eightfold Path. These are "Right Mindfulness" and "Right Concentration". It is said that Meditative Absorption is a combination of these two.
Right Mindfulness is the process of becoming aware of the present moment. In meditation we go beyond (Om gate-gate) the feeling of being caught in our memories, regrets, plans and discursive thoughts. Right Concentration is a result of Right Mindfulness because it is through our mindfulness meditation that we develop the ability to control the mind and become free from craving and aversion. We drop deeper the longer we sit as we drop into the ocean of awareness.
TEACHER: Ellen Booth Church (by skype)
"All major religious traditions carry
basically the same message,
that is love, compassion and forgiveness . . .
the important thing
is that they should be a part of our daily lives."