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for me, at the beginning, i mean my meditation in early days, i needed a quite place, specially i did meditation in temples and chose to sit in night at home when there was no disturbances
gradually it is changed
now, it doesn't matter when or where i am,s as soon as mindfulness arise 'here i go again'
few more facts for the store of consciousness
what do you know about four grate elements in Buddha's Teaching
you have to read or listen to few dhamma talks with regard to four grate elements
then they are in the store of consciousness
then meditate 'just as the way you have been doing before'
from the time the pain arises, the meditation object (bavana nimitta) is the pain
Dhamma reveals itself
what we need is to have confidence in what we are doing (faith), the effort to do it regularly (persistence), pay attention to meditation object, the pain (mindfulness)
which brings concentration and the knowledge of what is revealing (wisdom)
Truth reveals, Right View arise, three fetters (self view, rites and rituals, and doubt) break
if you practise 'the mindfulness of the body' there couldn't be any doubt
In the Shingon closed fist teachings, which the Shakyamuni Buddha did not endorse, kanji are points of focus.
I did this for a while with English letters, which was interesting ... However I feel the focus/concentration/attention was more useful than esoteric letter revelations ...
do you know that you were practising 'the mindfulness of the body'?
because after write what needed to be written in this thread there is nothing important in this world to be written
thanks for the side support
unless you have tried the first part of this thread and got the point stressed by it, it is useless to read the following
just reading without trying the first part, you can add something to your knowledge (expand your world) but you never know what really is happening around you and within you
when eye contact any object just use the word 'form'
ex: chair = form, man = form, building = form, flower = form etc.
(there are uncountable number of objects we know and we want to reduce it to one word because then we can handle the things that we see during the meditation, we can gain the control of the things we see)
when ear contact any object just use the word 'sound'
ex: a dog bark = sound, a child cry = sound, a man sing = sound etc.
when nose contact any smell just use the word 'smell'
when tongue contact any taste just use the word 'taste'
when body contact any object just use the word 'feeling'
when there is a thought arise in the mind just use the word 'thought'
you can test the reality of form, sound, smell etc. during the sitting meditation
in sitting meditation there are three Right Attention (yoniso manasikara)
First Right Attention** FRA
when sitting meditation we have closed eyes, and closed mouth so there is no form or taste arises
you pay attention to five items namely sound, feeling, thought, inhale (in-breath) and exhale (out-breath)
memorise these five items several times in order to bring them up instead of uncountable names of what we have seen, heard, smelt, tasted, felt before whenever there is an experience arises through six sense bases
Second Right Attention SRA
now the meditation starts
you do not do anything during the meditation but just wait and see what happens (no thinking of what you have read or heard about Buddha's Teaching or anything), just pay attention to whatever arises in the moment
whatever happens just know it
if sound arises just know it
if feeling arises just know it
if thought arises just know it
if inhale arises just know it
if exhale arises just know it
Third Right Attention** TRA
after the meditation- second right attention- spend few minutes to remind what has happened during the meditation
ex: say there was a sound of a dog bark
how did you noticed it?
as 'dog bark' or as 'sound'?
say there was a thought of a friend
how did you notice it?
as 'friend' or as 'thought'?
if TRA says you noticed as 'dog bark', 'friend', that means you need to increase FRA before start SRA
for beginners, if you going to sit for 30 minutes, it is worth to do FRA for 20 minutes and do SRA for 10 mits
checking the SRA at TRA, you can reduce FRA and increase SRA gradually
Remember you don't do anything during the SRA but just sit, observe and know what is happening at the moment
whenever you are successful you are 'here and now' and you yourself know it
this is called 'sandhittiko, akaliko, ehipassiko', the three first characteristics of Buddha's Teaching
if you could achieve this for one thought moment, that would be worth than for your whole life
you would know it by yourself by degrees, nobody has to explain it to you
at TRA, if you see when there was a sound during the SRA you noticed it as 'sound', feeling as feeling, thought as thought, inhale as inhale, exhale as exhale
then the SECOND STEP is completed
during the meditation (SRA) when a sound arises how do you know it is 'sound', but not 'thought' or 'feeling' or 'inhale' or 'exhale'?
from where does the word 'sound' come from?
can you hear it through your ear?
can you see it in your mind?
try to answer to these questions
it needs several meditation sessions
if there is anything to clarify of this post after trying just PM me
i will come back after sometime when i know the time is right
IF you really make an effort to do this simple task you will be practising four frame of references (mindfulness of body, feeling, mind and mental qualities)
by doiing so you develop four bases of power, two exertions- extertion to guard the faculties (eye, ear etc.), exertion to abandon unskilful qualities such as thought of sensuality, ill-will, and violence
in other words you are practsing 10 factors out of 37 factors to awakening
the five faculties (faith, effort, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom) will be culminated by this practice
that means, you will be achieved the first stage of enlightenment where you know what is self-view, what is rights and rituals, what is doubt
then you have firmed confidence in Buddha, Buddha's Teaching (Dhamma) and Buddha's disciples (Sangha) because you yourself become a Noble Disciple
Nothing is quite so cut and dry, seems to me.
once we know what is Insight meditation, we do not need to sit or walk to meditate
instead, we can meditate whole day apart from the sleeping time
it is a pleasure to be like that
we can do whatever we do with loving kindness because we do not have to be closed eyes and sit and just be with loving kindness thought
it is not dry though people who have no experience would say so
One simply cannot get rid of all one's thoughts, and one's core thoughts tend to bound up with one's desires.
insight meditation shows this as soon as the thought occur and avoid hanging on to it knowing the uselessness of such thought
Therefore, I'd say that Metta meditation would be the broad and simple road. Perhaps then, Metta is the more practicable Buddhist meditation. That seems to be the way "Buddhism" has developed. Pure Land Buddhism, it seems to me, is a natural development.
agree with you
i too started with tranquility meditation
my point is tranquility meditation and getting into jhana is not the end point in Buddha's Teachin