Talk:Dhāraṇā

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Confusion[edit]

The difference between Dhāraṇā, Dhyāna, and Samādhi (the three together constituting Samyama) is that in the former, the object of meditation, the meditator, and the act of meditation itself remain separate. That is, the meditator or the meditator's meta-awareness is conscious of meditating (that is, is conscious of the act of meditation) on an object, and of his or her own self, which is concentrating on the object. In the subsequent stage of Dhāraṇā, as the meditator becomes more advanced, consciousness of the act of meditation disappears, and only the consciousness of being/existing and the object of concentration exist (in the mind).

In this quote from the article Dhāraṇā is referred to both as "the former" and then follows "the subsequent stage of Dhāraṇā". I can not make heads or tails of this. __meco (talk) 16:12, 8 December 2008 (UTC)