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The Six PerfectionsBuddhism and the Cultivation of Character$
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Dale Wright

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195382013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382013.001.0001

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The Perfection of Meditation

The Perfection of Meditation

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(p.173) 5 The Perfection of Meditation
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The Six Perfections
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Dale S. Wright (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382013.003.0006

Chapter 5 is divided into two sections. The first section presents an overview of the Mahayana Buddhist teachings on the perfection of meditation, dhyānapāramitā. The second section inquires into various ways to conceive of contemplative practice in the contemporary, global world. It analyzes meditation at three levels of human consciousness—immediate experience, reflective experience, and reflexivity, or self‐awareness. The chapter reflects on the relations between meditation and philosophy.

Keywords:   meditation, perfection of meditation, contemplation, vipassanā, samatha, imagination, contemplative practice, dhyānapāramitā

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