Shamtha meditation refers to a method of achieving tranquillity of mind. For a person interested in the Buddha’s premises, a calm mind becomes a crucial necessity. All schools of Buddhism agree on the condition of calm-abiding meditation. There are numerous variations and helpful methods. In the end, it comes down to sitting still, steady and composed. In the beginning, there will be many distractions. It will take practice and discipline to make progress.
Meditation rests so centrally in Buddhism because logic and philosophical framework cannot entirely grasp the Buddha’s intelligence.
Thinking reveals the importance of what is being presented and, to a certain point, is needed. However, thoughts are divisive, representing the dualistic world.
Is there another innate skill, more inclusive?
The only way of finding out is by practising concentration without thought. This is meditation. Meditation does not mean oblivion. The opposite is true. The full attention and effort expected in an intellectual pursuit equally are necessary for meditation.
While logic constructs an argument, meditation de-constructs difference to enable the mind to gain insight into its own nature.
The Shamatha Path illustrates the stages of meditative progress. The meditator embarks on the winding path, gradually shedding the distracted mind to finally attain the highest mental skill.