Dpyad sgom

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Key Term dpyad sgom
Topic Variation analytical meditation
Hover Popup Choices analytical meditation; che gom; dpyad sgom
In Tibetan Script དཔྱད་སྒོམ་
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration dpyad sgom
Tibetan Phonetic Rendering che gom
English Standard analytical meditation
Karl Brunnhölzl's English Term analytical meditation
Richard Barron's English Term investigative meditation
Jeffrey Hopkin's English Term analytical meditation
Ives Waldo's English Term analytical investigation
Alternate Spellings dbyad sgom
Term Type Noun
Source Language Tibetan
Basic Meaning Analytical meditation is a technique involving critical analysis that focuses the mind on a specific contemplation, such as impermanence.
Has the Sense of

The practical approach to gaining incontrovertible conceptual certainty is called analytical meditation or superior insight. (Brunnhölzl, The Center of the Sunlit Sky, 29)

"Another division of meditation is into “the analytical meditation of scholars” and “the resting meditation of mendicants,” or simply analytical meditation and resting meditation. The analytical meditation of scholars refers to the intellectual examination of all phenomena through reasoning. There are two key terms here: “discriminating knowledge” and “personally experienced wisdom.” The first step in this analytical meditation is to cultivate discriminating knowledge. This refers to all the levels of increasingly refined inferential valid cognition that are based on reasoning and developed through studying, reflecting, and meditating." (Brunnhölzl, The Center of the Sunlit Sky, 279)

"The general scope of analytical meditation encompasses all of the teachings of the Buddha, starting from contemplating impermanence and the preciousness of human existence up through ascertaining the two kinds of identitylessness. Resting meditation includes all types of meditations in which the conclusions achieved through preceding investigation become absorbed by the mind." (Brunnhölzl, The Center of the Sunlit Sky, 281)
Rangjung Yeshe's English Term analytic meditation, analytic rational, inspective, investigative, examining, scrutinizing, analytical investigation, the examining meditation.
Tshig mdzod Chen mo stong nyid sgom pa'i tshul zhig ste/ bdag med pa'i don la shes rab kyis so sor dpyad nas spros pa thams cad dang bral ba'i dbyings su mnyam par 'jog pa'o/
Simplified English Usage Example: "Furthermore, broadly speaking, if [we look at this] from the perspective of the use of the terms “analysis” and “resting,” meditations that involve critical investigation must be considered analytical meditation, and meditations during which we settle into the natural state and rest must be resting meditation." (Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā, Elizabeth Callahan translation, 89)
sutra/śastra quote:

If you discriminate that phenomena are identityless
And meditate by discriminating them in this way,
This is the cause for the result of attaining nirvāṇa.

Peace will not come about through any other cause.
sutra/śastra quote source: pp 273, Brunnhölzl, Karl, The Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyü Tradition. Nitartha Institute Series. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2004.