Start in calm abiding

Let your mind calm down. If you want to meditate and if you want to practice the ultimate Dharma, first bring your mind to calm abiding. If you want to attain Enlightenment, if you want to attain liberation, the first requirement or the very foundational condition, is that your mind must be able to come to tranquility, you must have calm abiding.  After that, the teacher will teach you how to transform afflictions, to cut through afflictions, to overcome dullness and to transform your confusion.