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The Importance of Alertness and Attention in Developing Concentration

As I have grown in my meditation practice, I have been able to develop deeper and deeper levels of concentration and corresponding insight. And yet, when I’ve read about some of the various deeper levels of jhana (deep concentration, or samatha) I’ve sometimes wondered about my progress and whether I’m going “deep” enough. This great […]

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Audio Dharma-Healing Breath as Medicine

“Think of [working with the breath] as a healing process. Many times, as soon as the mind gets a little bit still and the breath gets comfortable, you think, “Well, what’s next?” But before you can move to the next stage, a lot of healing has to be done in the body—all the areas of […]

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A Guided Meditation with Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Metta Refuge includes some great introductory talks on the “how to” of meditation as explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Ajahn Brahmavamso,  Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, and Bhante Vimalaramsi. Check out the “Meditation” page on this site. Today, I thought I’d share another skillful teaching by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, this one being a “guided” meditation. I’ve been meditating for […]

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