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The last tetrad of the Anapanasati Sutra
I’ve finally had some instances of meditation long enough to get to the final tetrad of contemplations of an Anapanasati Sutra meditation on breath, they are stated in Wikipedia as:
- On impermanence
- On the fading of desire
- On cessation
- On relinquishment
But I found Thich Nhat Hanh has done a beautiful translation which I wanted to share:
- Observing the impermanent nature of all dharmas: the concentration on impermanence is a deep and wonderful path of meditation. It’s a fundamental recognition of the nature of all that exists. Everything is in endless transformation and all things are without an independent self.
- Observing the disappearance of desire: Seeing the true nature of our desire and the objects of desire, we know that happiness doesn’t lie in attaining those objects or in our hopes for future accomplishments. We observe clearly the impermanent nature of all things, their coming into being and fading away.
- Observing cessation: Cessation means cessation of all the erroneous notions and ideas that keep us fromdirectlyexperiencing the ultimate reality, and cessation of the suffering that is born from ignorance. Then we can be in touch with the wonderful true nature of the way things are.
- Observing letting go: This exercise helps us look deeply (in)to give up desire and attachment, fear and anger. We don’t let go of reality, we let go of our wrong perceptions about reality. The more we let go, the happier we become.
It’s quite a series of contemplations to do in one sitting