The meditator ascends the nine stages of meditative concentration (serenity, shamatha) by recognizing the two essential features of concentration, recognizing the obstacles that impede it, and applying the antidotes.
At this stage of the course, students begin a new practice: concentration combined with visualization, and learn how to recognize:
Distinguishing Features of Concentration:
Faults That Prevent Serenity:
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“Gnosis is lived upon facts, withers away in abstractions, and is difficult to find even in the noblest of thoughts.”