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[Meditative·Serenity] 由止无动,乃能明见真实


Kamalasila’s first Stages of Meditation says:
  Because your mind moves like a river, it does not rest without the foundation of meditative serenity; a mind that is not in meditative equipoise cannot understand reality just as it is. Also, the Bhagavan says, “With meditative equipoise, you know reality just as it is.”

[Meditative·Serenity] 由止力无动,由观故如山


As the Moon Lamp Sutra says:
  The power of meditative serenity makes your mind steady; insight makes it like a mountain.
So, the mark of meditative serenity is that your attention stays right where it is placed without distraction from the object of meditation. The mark of insight is that you know the reality of selflessness and eliminate bad views such as the view of self; your mind is like a mountain in that it cannot be shaken by opponents. Therefore, you should distinguish these two marks.

[Meditative·Serenity] 双修止观的原因


Kamalasila’s second Stages of Meditation says:
  With bare insight that lacks serenity, the yogi’s mind is distracted by objects; like an oil-lamp in the wind, it will not be stable. For this reason, what sublime wisdom sees will not be very clear. As this is so, rely equally on both.

[Meditative·Serenity] 依照经论认识止观的体性(六)


Therefore, since bliss, clarity, and non-discursiveness are present in concentrations that know emptiness, yet very often occur in concentrations that are not directed toward emptiness, you have to differentiate these two.

[Meditative·Serenity] 依照经论认识止观的体性(五)


Thus, meditative serenity and insight are not differentiated in terms of their respective objects of meditation, for there is meditative serenity that knows emptiness and there is insight which does not know emptiness. Also, meditative serenity (zhignas) is your mind quieting (zhi) movement toward external objects, and then abiding (gnas) on an internal object of meditation; insight (Ihag mthong) is superior (lhag pa), i.e., special, seeing (mthong).