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Nondualistic Absorption

November 9, 2010

Right samadhi or right absorption is an aspect of the Buddhist path. Samadhi has the sense of being as it is, which means relating with the space of a situation. This pertains to one's living situation as well as to sitting meditation. Right absorption is being completely involved, thoroughly and fully, in a nondualistic way. In sitting meditation, the technique and you are one. In life situations, the phenomenal world is also part of you. Therefore, you do not have to meditate as though you were a person distinct from the act of meditating and the object of meditation. If you are one with the living situation as it is, your meditation just automatically happens.

Condensed from "The Eightfold Path," in The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation, page 125 in the Shambhala Library edition. Also available as an eBook.


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