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The Tibetan word for meditation is "gom" which means calling into existence or producing. There are two kinds of meditation: the development of tranquility (samatha) or concentration (samadhi), and development of insight (vipassana) or wisdom (panna).

Tranquility, or concentration of mind, is a pure and peaceful state that bestows a threefold blessing: purity of mind, present happy life, and favorable rebirth. It purifies the mind, freeing it from the five mental defilements or hindrances - sensual desire, hatred, laziness, discontentment, and skeptical doubt. Mental concentration is an indispensable foundation of insight. The Buddha said: "May you develop mental concentration, oh monks, for he who is mentally concentrated sees things according to reality".

Insight is seeing into the nature of things, which is ultimately the realization of the impermanence of all mental and physical phenomena, included in the five groups of existence (Five Skandhas), namely - corporeality, feeling, perception, mental formations, and consciousness. Insight produces the four supra mundane stages of holiness and deliverance of mind.

Rinpoche teaches that there are two kinds of meditation in Tibetan Buddhism:

  1. One-pointed Concentration In this kind of meditation you maintain one-pointed concentration on the meditation object, usually Buddha, breathing or any object that helps you maintain your concentration. The aim is to train and tame your mind. The mind is like a wild horse; if you can tame it you will be carried to land of your dreams.
  2. Analytical meditation This kind of meditation is done in two forms. One is visualization of deities, for example instead of just focusing on Buddha on our previous meditation; here you visualize yourself embodying all characters of Buddha and becoming one. Second is pondering, the dictionary definition of meditation. But pondering here doesn't mean letting your mind wander with all kinds of thoughts as if riding on a horse without a reign; it is to ponder with a purpose of finding something. For example finding a cause and solution for a problem. If your friend shows anger, you can later meditate on it and analyze why he or she was angry and find a real solution and lasting happiness.

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