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Samatha-vipassana – Wikipedia

Terminology: – Samatha can be translated as tranquility, serenity, calm, or quietude. – The Tibetan term for samatha is ཞི་གནས་ (shyiné; Wylie: zhi-gnas). – The […]

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Terminology:
– Samatha can be translated as tranquility, serenity, calm, or quietude.
– The Tibetan term for samatha is ཞི་གནས་ (shyiné; Wylie: zhi-gnas).
– The semantic field of Sanskrit shama and Tibetan shi is pacification.
– According to Jamgon Kongtrul, the terms refer to peace and pacification of the mind and thoughts.
– Vipassanā is a Pali word derived from vi- and passanā, meaning super-seeing or clear-seeing.

Samatha:
– Samatha can be translated as tranquility or serenity.
– Tibetan term for samatha is ཞི་གནས་ (shyiné; Wylie: zhi-gnas).
– Sanskrit shama and Tibetan shi refer to pacification.
– Terms refer to peace and pacification of the mind and thoughts.
– Samatha aims for meditative calm and quietude of the heart.

Vipassanā:
– Vipassanā is derived from vi- and passanā, meaning clear-seeing.
– It is often translated as insight or clear-seeing.
– Vipassanā involves looking into something with clarity and precision.
– It provides insight into the true nature of reality.
– Vipassanā leads to direct experiential perception.

Origins and development:
– Samatha, jhāna, and vipassanā were part of a single path in early Buddhism.
– Samatha and vipassanā are qualities of the mind developed through the Noble Eightfold Path.
– Dhyāna was the original liberating practice of the Buddha.
– The Noble Eightfold Path prepares one for the practice of dhyāna.
– Suttas mention samatha and vipassanā as qualities to be developed together.

Criticism and interpretation:
– Some argue that dhyāna is not a single-pointed concentration exercise.
– Critics emphasize the necessity of developing both samatha and vipassanā.
– Vipassanā provides insight into the true nature of reality.
– Samatha aims for tranquility and serenity of the mind.
– Both samatha and vipassanā are essential elements of Buddhist training.

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