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Issues in śamatha and vipaśyanā: A comparative study of Buddhist meditation
by Hung, Ya-Chun (Bhikkhuni Syinchen), Ph.D., University of the West, 2011, 247; 3456386
Abstract (Summary)

The union of śamatha (tranquility meditation) and vipaśyana (insight meditation) is the unique Buddhist path to deliverance. This dissertation explores various schemes of śamatha developed in distinct meditation systems, so as to analyze the different degrees of sam adhi which affect the power of insight in eradication of defilements. The nature of dhyana/jhana is explained quite different in the canonical and commentarial materials of Buddhist schools. How a meditator practices mindfulness of breathing is based on how a meditator interprets what the dhyana/jh ana is. This dissertation provides various possible explanations for the diverse dispositions of meditators in meditation practice. In insight meditation, when consciousness acts with skillful mental qualities, one is able to penetrate the true nature of all physical and mental phenomena; in the cycle of rebirth, consciousness links the present existence and the next. The different roles of consciousness in rebirth, and deliverance are investigated. This dissertation is mainly based on the Chinese Canon to examine key issues in meditation practice, revolving around the significance of tranquility meditation and insight meditation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chu, William
Commitee: Analayo, Bhikkhu, Long, Bruce
School: University of the West
Department: Religious Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 72/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy
Keywords: Buddhism, Consciousness, Dhyana/jhana, Insight meditation, Meditation, Mindfulness of breathing, Nama, Tranquility of meditation
Publication Number: 3456386
ISBN: 978-1-124-65729-5
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