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The practice methods of Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw
"The watching of the mind by the mind.’ With all practices, in all postures: Standing, walking, sitting, lying down, eating etc. Watch the mind. Look into the mind, don’t worry about the body so much. With daily activities watch the mind’s reactions to objects. (the outside world and the inside world, so to speak, always react they are in a cause and effect relationship)."
"In sitting meditation stay with that which knows everything. Don’t try to go to objects. Let the objects come to you. Try not to react to objects. Whatever arises — greed, aversion, pain, itchiness, metta, likes or dislikes etc. — watch with equanimity, without getting involved, without clinging to it. Stay in the middle path. As the watching mind looks directly at the noting mind, passing by objects are seen as if they are being looked by the corner of the eye — not directly — Watch the quality of the mind as it goes to objects. If you see any kind of tension in the mind relax immediately. Tension is excessive energy."
"Don’t fix your attention on the object of the knowing mind but look at what that mind knows next, as you let the objects come to the mind."
"Note the mind constantly but silently, without labelling. At all times don’t worry about the body. Try to see the observer, the one who watches that mind. Be mindful at all times, continuously. Don’t fix the mind on anything at all. Let the mind do the job and just watch."
"Do not do any labelling — labelling is a hindrance to this practice."
"Look into the mind moment to moment. When “‘I’-ness” is there it’s because of delusion."
"The more you try to see the harder it becomes. Remember the Burmese four-fold saying: not too forcefully, not controlling or manipulating, not trying to make it happen and not causing tension: observe it as it is."
"Emphasizing the mind is most important. If you know your mind then you use the mind to look at your kaya (body) and vedana (feelings). The kaya you know with your mind, the vedana you also know with your mind. If you get skilful with Cittanupassana then you can do Dhammanupassana. The basics of Vipassana meditation requires that you know both the body and mind, but the mind is more important. So that is why it is emphasised here. When we meditate, we use our minds — that is why we should look at our mind. Cittanupassana is part of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness; therefore we should know the mind. When you observe anything, all four foundations of Mindfulness (Satipatthana) are already there anyway."
Title: Contemplation of Mind
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