|To develop the absorptions.|
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The Doctrinal Context of Absorption (Jhana)
The Buddha says that just as in the great ocean there is but one taste, the taste of salt, so in this Dharma (the Buddha's doctrine and discipline) there is but one taste, the taste of freedom.
The taste of freedom that pervades the Buddha's teaching is the taste of spiritual freedom, which from the Buddhist perspective means freedom from suffering.
In the process leading to liberation from suffering, meditation is the means of generating the inner awakening required for freedom.
The methods of meditation taught in the Theravada Buddhist tradition are based on the Buddha's own experience, forged in the course of his own quest for enlightenment.
They are designed to recreate in the disciple who practices them the same essential enlightenment that the Buddha (the "Enlightened One") himself attained when he sat beneath the bodhi tree, the awakening to the liberating Four Noble Truths.
The various subjects and methods of meditation expounded in the ancient Theravada Buddhist scriptures -- the Pali language canon and its commentaries -- divide into two interrelated systems.
One is called the development of serenity (samatha-bhavana), the other the development of insight (vipassana-bhavana).
The former -- the development of tranquility -- also goes under the name of development of concentration (samadhi-bhavana), the latter the development of wisdom (pañña-bhavana).
The practice of serenity meditation aims at developing a calm, coherent, concentrated, collected, unified mind/heart as a means of experiencing inner-peace and as a basis for wisdom.
The practice of insight meditation aims at gaining a direct understanding of the real nature of phenomena. More