Samadhi (Buddhism)

Samadhi (Buddhism)

Samadhi (Buddhism)

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In Buddhism, samādhi (Pali; Skt.; ; Tibetan: tendzin, Wylie: ting-nge ’dzin, Japanese: sanmaji) is mental concentration or composing the mind.

In the early Suttas

In the Pāli canon of the Theravada tradition and the related Āgamas of other early Buddhist schools, samādhi is found in the following contexts:
  • In the noble eightfold path, "right concentration" (samma-samādhi, S. samyak-samādhi) is the eighth path factor.
  • Similarly, samādhi is the second part of the Buddha's threefold training: sīla (morality or virtue), samādhi, and pañña (wisdom; S. prajña).
  • In the development of the four jhānas, the second jhāna (S. dhyāna) is "born" from samādhi (samādhija).


In Buddhism, samādhi is traditionally developed by contemplating one of 40 different objects (mentioned in the Pali canon, explicitly enumerated in the Visuddhimagga), such as mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati) and loving kindness (metta).

Upon development of samādhi, one's mind becomes 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.

In AN IV.41, the Buddha identifies four types of concentration development, each with a different goal:
  1. a pleasant abiding in this current life - achieved through concentrative......
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