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~~ SAMADHI ~~ | by Suren Rupasinghe
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Samadhi (samādhi) is a Sanskrit term for the state of consciousness induced by complete meditation. Its etymology comes from "sam" (together or integrated), "a" (towards), and "dha" (to get, to hold). Thus the result might be seen to be to acquire integration or wholeness, or truth (samapatti).


In Buddhism Samadhi, or concentration of the mind (one-pointedness of mind, cittassa-ekaggata), is the third division of the Eightfold Path of the Buddha's teaching: pañña (wisdom), sila (conduct), samadhi (concentration). It developed by samatha meditation. It has been taught by the Buddha using 40 different objects of meditation, according to the "Visuddhimagga",. These objects include the breath (anapanasati meditation), loving kindness (metta meditation), various colours, earth, fire, etc. (kasina meditation).


Upon development of samadhi, one's mind becomes temporary purified of defilements, calm, tranquil, and luminous. Once the meditator achieves a strong and powerful concentration, his mind is ready to penetrate and see into the ultimate nature of reality, eventually obtaining release from all suffering.


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Taken on September 18, 2007