glossary

(Sanskrit; Tibetan sampten; Pali: jhana; Chinese: Ch’an; Japanese: zenna or zen) The Sanskrit term refers to “meditation,” but is used to mean mental stability and active meditative contemplation on the nature of an object.

  1. In Hinduism, Dhyana is the fifth of the six stages of Patanjali’s yoga, and refers to state of conscious stillness, with perfect concentration on the object of meditation. From this, the sixth stage of Samadhi can be reached.
  2. In Buddhism, Dhyana is the fifth of the six Paramitas (perfections). In Tibetan, the term sampten or bsam gtan means “definitive” or “established,” because this is the basis from which all conscious realizations are reached. Therefore, in Buddhism, the term Dhyana is equivalent to the Hindu use of Samadhi: they both refer to conscious, meditative absorption.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We should not mistake the Truth with opinions. Many think that the Truth is this or that, or that the Truth is within this or that book, or within this or that belief or idea, etc. Whosoever wants to experience the Truth should not mistake beliefs, ideas, opinions and theories with that which is the Truth. We must experience the Truth in a direct, practical and real manner; this is only possible in the stillness and silence of the mind, and this is achieved by means of meditation."