Vigilance



In the meditation tradition, vigilance is a precise technical term that refers to:

"...an accurate awareness of whether you are distracted and whether you are becoming distracted." —Tsong Khapa, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path

"Examining again and again the states of the body and the mind (intellect and emotion) — just that, in brief, is what it means to preserve vigilance." —Shantideva, Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds

Vigilance is a capacity of consciousness that works alongside mindfulness, another technical term with precise meaning.

"When mindfulness dwells at the gate of your mind for its protection, then vigilance will appear." —Shantideva, Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds

In the Shamatha meditation teachings of Buddha Maitreya, vigilance is represented visually by a hook used to tame animals. 

Share This Page:

Testimonials

  • I am so very grateful for you all and what you have done in my life to help me realize myself and what path it’s actually wise to tread and stay on. Thank you I honestly cannot thank you enough.

    S.C.
  • I love your site and your knowledgeable instructors and just want to say thank you for all your hard work... You give out your information for free and ask for donations which to me, tells me that you are more than legitimate and your information is top notch.

    S.J.
  • You are a continued source of knowledge, and a continuous source for the personal development of my soul.

    C.H.
  • I cannot thank you enough for all that you are doing and providing to spread the opportunity of true Gnosis. I have greatly benefited from the information on the website...

    B.D.
  • Your lectures, books, practices, etc. have radically changed my life in a profound manner. Especially putting into daily practice the teachings from the lectures... Your efforts making the lectures and everyone involved who makes it possible are a true blessing to humanity and beyond.

    AMST
  • These books have helped me changed my whole reality,..... Tragic and beautiful that pendulum we swing,...

    F.L.
  • Your books, lectures and courses have made the last years of my life complete. When that final hour comes, I know I will land in the right place.

    T.M.
  • What you guys are doing is really wonderful. You have helped me understand in my spiritual practice. I am truly grateful that your works is changing lives. When the student is really ready, the teacher has finally arrive to guide. 

    R.