access concentration

In concentration meditation (samadhi; samatha jhanas), access concentration is the state or skill of having your attention stay with your object. Entry to access concentration tends to be marked by a sudden disappearance of thoughts, an increase in mental “space”, and an arising of positive emotions such as pleasure, bliss, happiness and gratitude. Access concentration immediately precedes the arising of first jhana; one must simply stay with the object and first jhana will arise.

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