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This guide provides an intimate and exact photo of the intricacies of meditation so vividly that the reader is drawn right into a Tibetan world-view of spritual improvement.

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Answer: This is because you are mainly cleansing your own motivation after making manifest your impure motivation. Thus, the main point is the imagination. As much as you are able to withdraw the mind during this period of meditative stabilization on the breath, so great will be your ability to do as you wish in meditative stabilization. Question: It is said that calm abiding cannot be achieved with the eye consciousness. However, in watching the breath you are using the body con1 yid kyi rnam shes, rdzas, dravya.

Even though this is so, it is not suitable to use an object of observation simply because it appears easily to the mind. There are two types of persons who cultivate calm abiding, those whose afflictive emotions are definite and those whose afflictive emotions are indefinite. In people of the first type, one of five afflictive emotions desire, 1 See p. 67. nyon mongs, 3 , 2 . OBJECTS OF OBSERVATION 37 hatred, obscuration, pride,1 and discursiveness2 predominates. There are objects of observation which serve as definite antidotes to each of these afflictive emotions, and such persons would choose their object of observation accordingly.

Except by withdrawing the mind inside, one cannot achieve calm abiding. Thus, it is utterly incorrect to say that the object of observation of calm abiding is an object of observation of the eye consciousness. This error arises because, when the objects of observation of calm abiding are discussed, there is reference to something that we have seen, such as a picture of a Buddha. Nevertheless, an object of the eye consciousness is not a basis that is the object of observation of calm abiding, for, when the mind is withdrawn inside in the development of calm abiding, the sense consciousnesses necessarily cease.

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