Category: Practice Q & A

  • Question: is the unification of ekaggatā the same as equanimity?

    A to the Q: It can be. In the refined mind state of fourth jhāna, unification and equanimity have merged. This kind of unification is one way that equanimity shows up. In the context of this kind of deep meditative state, the serenity of unification can show up as embodied stillness and equanimity. The body […]

  • Question: is ekaggatā the same thing as samādhi?

    A to the Q: Ekaggatā refers to being concentrated on one object, or on one point, especially in samādhi. So in that sense, the terms are definitely synonymous. That said, samādhi is a broader term: it refers to overall meditative stability and concentration, stability or concentration that is not necessarily pinpointed on one meditative object. […]

  • Question about single pointed meditation

    Question: when I try to do single pointed meditation, my mind guides me away. It feels like it is not skillful for me. Yet I remain interested, as so many people report that it is very healing. What do you suggest? A to the Q: I really encourage you to work within what feels skillful […]