Tranquillity meditation is aimed at developing inner peace, which calms the mind in order to attain samādhi. Insight meditation cultivates wisdom, which will enable us to see the true nature of life and the world, to see that all compounded things are impermanent—they arise, proceed, and dissolve. They cannot remain static in their original form; they have to follow the metamorphic process and evolve according to cause and condition. The knowing of this truth is called insight.
This is from the lecture delivered at Wat Dhammaram, Chicago, U.S.A. on May 6, 1996.
Translated by Janet Chan
Edited by Susan Kirchhoff
Table of Contents
- I. The Correct Way of Practicing Meditation
- Attendant Benefits
- II. Techniques to Prevent and Overcome the Potential Misuses of Samādhi
- The Foundation of Mindfulness
- Appendix — Extract from another Dhamma talk