Phillip Moffitt is co-guiding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the founder of the Life Balance Institute. He teaches vipassana meditation and is the author of Dancing with Life, a book exploring the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths. More information can be found at: www.dharmawisdom.org. He is currently writing a book on skillful living.
This talk presenst a map establishing the tools and methods utilized in moving from ordinary mind states to samadhi. The first part of the journey involves attaining a collected and unified mind. The second part of the journey moves us into deep absorption.
Samadhi is both a key practice and vital understanding in practice. It is impossible to separate vipassana and samadhi as each needs each other. Yet, each needs to be developed in it's own right as is reflected in the Buddha's teachings.
Exploration of mindfulness of the body. The Buddha's First Foundation of satipatthana offers many opportunities for insight. As the Buddha said, if we master the body (in meditation) we can master the mind!