|Not alone, not together, meditation needs support like at Unplug, L.A. (Katie Falkenberg)|
|Calm it, concentrate it, liberate it by insight|
|I'm trying, I'm trying, I'm concentrating, I'm working, I'm efforting (Thinkstock/BBC)|
First of all, why do we even need to concentrate? It is because calm without concentration equals sleep, and meditation is not sleep. It is letting go of everything but the object of meditation. If the subtle-breath is used as the meditation object, keeping attention at the nostrils will intensify the mind by becoming interested, absorbed, amazed by what the breath is secretly doing there.
|Wisdom springs from meditation (h.koppdelaney/flickr).|
|Great Daibutsu (Marcus Antonius Braun)|
|Sharon, does the Sayadaw know the way?|
These blissful feelings, like their physical counterpart feeling, are no different. One danger is that an uninstructed person, not understanding these waves of bliss, might get distracted and try to make them happen again and again, but going to a good teacher will cure that. People by fearing and decrying meditative absorption fear and decry the Buddha's teaching, which is what? The Buddha teaches a path to freedom of calm and insight. First calm, then insight.