Archive for November 2008

Just Mindfulness Is Enough – Part 1

November 11, 2008

The main concern is whether awareness is there or not. Not the object.Just observe: Is there knowing or forgetfulness, collected mind or scattered mind?All these techniques can be combined and used, all in one sitting if that helps to keep attention flowing.You don’t need the aid of samatha-anapana, etc. in order to boost your concentration. Just mindfulness is enough.You can just keep it simple when dealing with hindrances. Just Z them! With your Super Mindfulness eyes!Keep reading and writing to an absolute minimum and do it mindfully or it interferes with the momentum.If you are already tired, the motivation in your practice is not wholesome. Check that out. Tension might also be behind that.Present moment: at’s what we do here. If you practise like this everything will be revealed to you because everything is in present moment. Nibbana is in present moment! Consciousness is energy.Every thought is a different mind.Just observe, don’t fight.e mind doesn’t need to be tense because the object is tense or whatever. e mind watches calmly. (Actually tension can only be felt in the mind, tension is in the mind but the observing mind can be relaxed.)

from – Contemplation of the Mind


Seeing , hearing, tasting,not ‘I am’ thinking.-Part 1

November 7, 2008

13Nothing Added At Alle act of ‘just being’, in all its simplicity and naturalness with nothing added at all. Seeing , hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, thinking, not ‘I am’ thinking.at is the most important point, with nothing added at all. It’s just the experience of simple being of simple process.No noting. As much as you learn to do that, you will find that you become more and more peaceful because peacefulness and simplicity go together.If you want to be peaceful be very simple.If you want to ‘get somewhere’ in meditation, some certain stage or experience, remember that the harder you try the harder it becomes.If you really don’t try anything at all you’ll find that you are there.Without developing sufficient energy-intensity of the first insight you cannot go to the next insight. Actually one insight leads to another when it is ready. When it is developed sufficiently and strongly enough.But you cannot voluntarily go into another insight. We cannot do that. at will happen so don’t be in a hurry. Stay where you are and develop deep enough.You cannot push your self too hard.Right attitude behind the practice will turn into the foundation, into the strength that you need to be aware of every moment of your day. Eventually the mind becomes obedient and tamed.

From – Contemplation of the Mind

What is The Right Attitude for Meditation – Part 2

November 5, 2008

experience-scared-meditationObject Although you look at the body you don’t see the body you only look at the object; that is the sensations that you want to focus on. So depending on where you are practising you might find you are doing the same thing using different technique.When you have wandering mind it’s not ‘You’, that’s the nature of the mind. Stop blaming it on your self.If you look at an object directly, the mind in order to know has to visualise the object and in visualising, form always comes in. So concept is not lost.When you look at the mind and you know that the mind is not doing any kind of visualisation then you know you are at real paramattha.en you get to Dhammanupassana.Real paramattha then is Dhammanupassana.What is real paramattha? Real paramattha has only its characteristics, when you see the object you see only its characteristics, the characteristics are changing, are impermanent.When you get to real paramattha you don’t know this is heat, cold, tension. You just know that this is the changing nature of the object.e object is just object, all objects become the same as well, because identification with heat is still identification. Because identification is just a sense of what it is and it is changing.When you look through the mind you don’t think, where does this object come from, that is why you get closer to paramattha. Absolute reality.Because the object comes into the mind you don’t have to identify with the object any more. Because you know this object, object, object! Object has only one nature: Object.If you know that you are relaxed, that’s object. You can’t say that you don’t know of anything.So if you don’t think that you know of object you still know your state or mind.Later things won’t be subtle any longer, keep acknowledging that awareness is still present. You can watch your wandering mind but don’t get involved.

From – Contemplation of the Mind

What is The Right Attitude for Meditation – Part 1

November 4, 2008

meditateWhat is The Right Attitude for Meditation(the centre’s own pamphlet for yogis)the most important thing when you are meditating is to have the right attitude. When meditating:Don’t focus too hardDon’t controlDon’t try to create somethingDon’t force or restrict yourselfDon’t try to create anythingBut don’t reject what is happeningBut as things happen or stop happening, don’t forget. Be aware of them.Trying to create something is lobha (greed). Rejecting what is happening is dosa (aversion). Not knowing if something is happening or has stopped happening is moha (delusion).Only when the observing mind has no lobha, dosa, nor soka (worry-anxiety) inside it, then the meditating mind will arise.You have to double check to see what attitude you are meditating with. You have to accept and watch both good and bad experiences. You only want good experiences. You don’t want even the tiniest unpleasant experience. Is this fair? Is this the way of the Dhamma?Don’t have any expectations. Don’t want anything. Don’t be anxious. Because if these attitudes are in your mind, it becomes difficult to meditate.Why are you focusing so hard when you meditate? You want something to stop happening? It is likely that one of these attitudes is there you are practising.You cannot practise when the mind is tense. If the mind and body are getting tired it is time to check the way you are meditating.Meditation is waiting and watching with awareness and comprehension-understanding.Not thinking, not reflecting, not judging.Don’t practise with a mind that wants something or wants something to happen. e only result will be that you will tire yourself.e meditating mind should be relaxed and at peace.Both the mind and the body should be comfortable. A light and free mind enables you to meditate well. Do you have the right attitude? Meditating is, whatever happens good or bad, accepting, relaxing and watching it.What is the mind doing? inking? Or being aware?Where is the mind now? Inside? Or outside?Is the watching-observing mind properly aware? Or only superficially aware?You are not trying to make things turn out the way you want it to happen. You are trying to know what is happening as it is.Don’t feel disturbed by the thinking mind. You are not supposed to reject the object (phenomena — things that are happening — being known).You are to know (and thus note-observe) the defilements that arise because of the object and thus remove them.Only when there is Saddha, (faith) Viriya (effort) will arise.Only when there is Viriya, Sati will become continuous.Only when Sati is continuous, Samadhi will become continuous.Only then Samadhi is established, then you will know things as they really are.When you start to know things as they really are, Saddha then increases further.Just pay attention to what is, exactly in the present moment.Don’t go back to the past!Don’t plan for the future!e object is not important.e mind that is working in the background, working to be aware i.e. the observing-watching mind, is more important.If the observing-watching mind is done with the right attitude the object will be the right object.

from – Contemplation of the Mind