84000 Glossary of Terms

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བསམ་གཏན། | Glossary of Terms

  • དྷྱཱ་ན།

  • བསམ་གཏན།
  • bsam gtan
  • dhyA na
  • dhyāna
  • Term
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Dhyāna is defined as one-pointed abiding in an undistracted state of mind, free from afflicted mental states. Four states of dhyāna are identified as being conducive to birth within the form realm. In the context of the Mahāyāna, it is the fifth of the six perfections. It is commonly translated as “concentration,” “meditative concentration,” and so on.