Dhamma Letter No. 52

Understanding Samatha and Vipassana (IV)

Samatha Meditation is a method widely known not only in Buddhism, but also in eras before Buddhism. It is an intensive meditation method that can be practiced in other religions.

Buddhism, however, aims at complete enlightenment and nirvana (the cessation of defilements). Samatha meditation has been used as a foundational base for methods for vipassana meditation which observes the life and death of phenomena, insight into impermanence, suffering, and non-self (無常·苦·無我). Vipassana meditation also develops wisdom (pañña). (See Dhamma Letter No. 49 ~51)

He who does not have wisdom has no jhana, and he who does not practice jhana has no wisdom. When jhana and wisdom coexist, one is near Nirvana.

- Dhammapada (法句經) 372.

This is to emphasize that the proper harmony of samatha and vipassana (정혜쌍수, 定慧雙修) leads to nirvana. Therefore, samatha and vipassana are inextricably linked

To be continued…

With Metta,

Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich 

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