E is for Ekaggata

ejecting ego
eluding ekaggata
elevate Einstein

senryu by M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved

Well, it seems here I am with another one.  It is just too much fun building a haiku around a new word.  This time it is “ekaggata”.

Ekaggata is a Buddhist concept so here are some clips from Wikipedia quoting other sources to explain it.  It sounded pretty cool.

“Theravada monk Bhikkhu Bodhi states: ‘This is the unification of the mind on its object…One-pointedness has non-wandering or non-distraction as its characteristic. Its function is to conglomerate or unite the associated states.’

“Bhikkhu Bodhi also notes that deeper, more profound concentration (versus the subtle) concentration causes peace. This is thought to arise from and is founded in happiness. ”

“Nina van Gorkom explains: ‘Ekaggatā, part of mental factors, allows one refine the focus and to settle onto single object. This refinement occurs by separating senses into the 6 groups of auditory, visual, olfactory, kinesthetic, thought and metaphysical aspects of perception.'” (link to original source broken)

(wiki quoted from : Bhikkhu Bodhi (2012), A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha’s Teachings), Independent Publishers Group Kindle Edition)

Day 5 of the A to Z Challenge

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You can use the Amazon search bar to do any search at Amazon like I did with “Buddhism”. It’s interesting to me that today Kondo’s book on tidying up showed up. A friend of mine recently gave me that book.

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