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The Buddha denies the existence of any permanent entity either physical or mental. We call this theory about self as Anatmavada.

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Meditative stabilization

There are many types of meditative stabilization,
but let us explain calm abiding (samatha) here.

The nature of calm abiding is the one-pointed abiding on any object without distraction of a mind conjoined with a bliss of physical and mental pliancy.

If it is supplemented with taking refuge, it is a Buddhist practice;
and if it is supplemented with an aspiration to highest enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings, it is a Mahayana practice. Its merits are that, if one has achieved calm abiding, one’s mind and body are pervaded by joy and bliss; one can–through the power of its mental and physical pliancy–set the mind on any virtuous object one chooses; and many special qualities such as clairvoyance and emanations are attained.


The XIV Dalai Lama

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