[14] Section On Meditative Concentration In The Sūtra Of The Buddha’s Bequeathed Teachings《佛遗教经》之禅定篇

[14] Meditative Concentration


[Śākyamuni Buddha]: You [and] other Bhikṣus, if [there are] those gathering [their] minds, [their] minds [will] then [be] in concentration. [With] minds in concentration thus, [they will be] able [to] know [the] world’s arising [and] ceasing dharmas’ forms. Therefore, you [and] others, constantly should [be] diligent [in] practising all concentrations.


If [there are] those [who have] attained concentration, [their] minds [will] then not [be] scattered. For example, like families that treasure water, [they will] well manage [their] embankments. Practitioners [are] also thus, for wisdom’s water thus, well cultivating meditative concentration, enabling [it to] not [be] leaked [and] lost. These [are] named as [teachings on] concentration.

[Note: The Samādhi From Mindfulness Of Buddha (念佛三昧), which gathers the mind with a Buddha’s name (i.e. Āmítuófó: 阿弥陀佛), is also called the King Of Samādhis (三昧之王) and the Treasure King Samādhi (宝王三昧). This is so as it is the only form of concentration that arises with mindfulness of one Buddha, who is connected to all Buddhas’ collective meritorious virtues (功德) and all-knowing wisdom (一切种智). This thus connects one’s limited Self-power (自力) with the Buddhas’ immeasurable Other-power (他力) of blessings. Cultivating it is thus already ‘practising all concentrations’ (修习诸定) in essence.]

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