Ben wrote:But if you look at the commentary on anapana-sati in Vism, you'll see that Buddhaghosa talk about the quality of the concentrated mind. Its without physical or mental tension. Buddhaghosa says that one should place the mind on the object. Its relaxed, a gentle firmness of application. If you apply yourself in that manner you may find a better quality of concentration.
Individual wrote:when trying to fully realize anatta ... or simply memorize something for school, there is tension
There are plenty of representations of Bodhidharma in which he is not scowling, but there are also plenty in which he looks as if he might bite your head off for a nickel.
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