The eighth stage of meditation is a place where I dare say, few have been.
While not quite at pure single pointedness, it is a lake almost free of ripples.
According the Sakyong Mipham:
“The battle may be over, but there are still a few little enemy soldiers running around in the form of subtle thoughts, mostly about pleasure. We may be slightly attached to how good meditation feels. There are little dualistic rumblings. Although we know that they’re not going to disrupt our meditation, we can’t just sit back and ignore them. Now we seduce them, like snow falling into fire. Our meditation is becoming so strong that when thoughts and emotions encounter its heat they naturally dissolve.”
This seduction is not one of passion, but more like gravity from a planet pulling smaller objects into it. Our practice has become so deep that discursive thoughts simply cannot stand on their own under the awareness of a directed and controlled mind.