Calm Abiding and Faultless Insight


"The Bodhisattva Sutra" (p.25)


PART 1 Brain Waves Reveal the Complete Process of a Meditation

2 What Is Behind A Bodhisattvas' Great Power


Calm Abiding and Faultless Insight

    In Chapter One, I discussed the theoretical differences between Bodhisattvas and ordinary people.

With an electroencephalogram (EEG), this is explained as a shift from gamma waves or beta waves (rhythms) to medium-fast waves, then to alpha waves, theta waves and delta waves in this order.

Finally, flat waves are recorded, a state in which there is no thought at all, a state in which deliberation and examination are completely stopped.

    Precisely speaking, there is still some thinking activity.

The consciousness which is functioning at this point can be divided into two types, "calm abiding" and "faultless insight".

Calm abiding (Skt. Samatha) is the state in which thinking is completely stopped, and faultless insight (Skt. Vipaśyanā) is a state which one can correctly perceive the colors or visions projected to the Astral dimension or the working of the mind conveyed from the object.

    How then do calm abiding and faultless insight benefit us?

The first step in every achievement is the correct understanding of phenomena.

If we perceive the objects incorrectly from the beginning, then naturally the result will be different from what we had expected.

If we are, however, able to recognize and understand the object correctly, we should be able to make a correct approach to the object and attain our aim.

    In short, we must attain the state of non-deliberation and non-examination because we need to look at things as they are.

If we are correctly observing in this state, in accordance with the law of the truth, we will be able to obtain correct results in anything.

The goal of a Bodhisattva's path is to attain this state.




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