Settling meditation

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Settling meditation (Tib. འཇོག་སྒོམ་, jokgom or jok gom; Wyl. 'jog sgom; Skt. sthāpyabhāvanā) — the counterpart of analytical meditation. The practice of settling or resting the mind, which is alternated with periods of analysis or visualization.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche says:

"Whenever we reach a conclusion, or simply get tired, we just remain, settled in peace. This part is a little like shamatha."

Tsoknyi Rinpoche says that people in the modern world often prefer settling meditation in the beginning, and at first analytical meditation can seem to them like too much effort. He recommends that people begin with resting or settling meditation, and then practise analytical meditation only once they have developed some peace of mind. Unless they do some analytical meditation, however, their practice will be unstable.[1]

Notes

  1. Interview, 18th September 2002