Bhavana means contemplating the attributes of the Buddha and practicing tranquility or insight meditation. The practice of meditation is more beneficial than the performance of charitable acts or the observance of moral precepts. It is necessary to have a calm and tranquil mind to practice meditation, because it is cultivated through mental action. This time of the Buddha Sasana is the opportune time for all human beings to contemplate the attributes of the Buddha (Buddhanussati Bhavana) and cultivate loving-kindness (Metta Bhavana). It is of great benefit to practice tranquility meditation (Samatha Bhavana) and insight meditation (Vipassana Bhavana). Only at the time when the Buddha’s Teaching flourishes do the people have the chance to contemplate the three characteristics of impermanence (Anicca), suffering (Dukkha) and unsubstantiality of sentient beings (Anatta). The practice of meditation (Bhavana) even for a short time can bear more benefits than practicing Dana and Sila for a long time. Therefore, everyone should practice tranquility meditation (Samatha Bhavana) as well as insight meditation (Vipassana Bhavana) to gain great merit and to make his life worthwhile.
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Title- Ten Bases of Meritorious Actions (Ten Punnakiriya-vatthus)