sangyey wrote:I have been studying on the correct method of Shamatha and from my understanding is that the mental consciousness the only consciousness that does the meditation as opposed to the other 5 avenues of consciousness and therefore that is where you should keep your attention.
Is this correct?
sangyey wrote:My object is the breath and a mantra but if the statement above is the correct way to practice it would seem like I am using the object as a focus point but I am really keeping my attention in the mental base as opposed to say the abdomen region where I find the breath most prominent.
sangyey wrote:Do you see where I am going with this? Either I could keep my attention within my abdomen region and uphold resting and clarity there or I could keep it in my mental base and uphold resting and clarity there.
Definitely could use some clarification because it is causing doubt in my practice and internal mental distraction.
At least the lineage following Asanga, Maitreya and Tsongkhapa teaches that the object is a mental object even if you first get familiar with an object through looking at it. However in case of breath it is perhaps not completely consistent to define it that way (?)
Breath and mantra are two objects not one. There seems to be a misunderstanding if your intention is to follow the a.m. instruction.
sangyey wrote:...what foundation is metta/karuna....would it be categorized as mindfulness of mind objects (dhammas)?
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