One-pointed mind of the desire realm
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- In the beginning one must cultivate shamatha. When doing so, first one develops the ‘one-pointed mind of the desire realm’ in which the grosser level of thoughts and distractions related to the level of the desire realm are all pacified. Then one gradually accomplishes the four dhyana meditations corresponding to the levels of the form realm and the four absorptions of the formless realm. These nine stages corresponding to the nine levels of the three realms are known as ‘worldly meditations’ or ‘childish concentrations,’ and they provide the foundation for the supermundane path.
- This ninth and final method is the attainment of mental rest. This state, also known as the 'one pointed mind of the desire realm', is attained through the process of familiarization and experience that occurs on the preceding levels.
- The final mountain-like experience of immutability begins to unfold at this point. When this one-pointed mind of the desire realm is accomplished, the mind blends effortlessly with the observed object that has been held in mind.
- Jamgon Mipham, Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, p.71ff., p.75
- Sogyal Rinpoche, A Treasury of Dharma (Lodeve: Rigpa, 2005), pages 222-223.