|Light arose, knowledge arose... During meditation, inner-light may arise. (ecowatch.org)|
|The Buddha high in the Himalayas, Thimphu, Bhutan (SoulTravelers3.com)|
- Mindfulness meditation on in-and-out breathing (anapana-sati)
- Mindfulness is a factor and prerequisite of concentration
- When concentrated the mind is turned to systematic mindfulness-practice for insight
|The nimitta slow arises like parting clouds (imperishableconsciousness)|
Eventually, an unusual thing begins to happens -- the cause of which seems to be consistent practice above all things, consistency not overexertion.
With long stretches of there being only ONE object of attention, the subtle breath -- and that is the arising of a "sign." This is a natural process. The mind does it. The third eye or divine eye (dibba cakkhu) perceives a light the mind is generating. In a sense, that inner light (nimitta, see below) is the breath. And it can even be visible with eyes open, from some internal internal.
|I saw it, I saw it! (dhammawheel.com)|
|Was it a nimitta? Hard to tell sometimes.|
|"Light will create matter in a year,"says science (theguardian.com). It already does.|
Many people interested in Buddhist meditation in this more or less "decadent age" (kali yuga) are drawn to it because of previous practice at a subconscious level. So it may be easy for many people to see a nimitta or quickly arrive at access concentration. It seems safe to say that for most people, however, there is initial effort involved. How does one balance effort and effortlessness, striving and ease?
|The nimitta can take many forms but is NOT a phosphene (superconsciousness.com)|
But soon in a spell or fit of calm, one is simply doing it. There is the effort, as when one breathes in, but thereafter there is only release, letting go, simply being. Then one realizes no effort is actually needed in the inhalation. The body will do it by itself. Look. Watch it. Give complete attention to it.
- Pa Auk Sayadaw (Burmese elder)
- Ayya Khema (German nun)
- Sayalay Susila (Malaysian nun)
- Ven. Dhammadipa (Czech monk)
- Ven. Dipankara (Burmese nun)
- Stephen Snyder, Tina Rasmussen (American)
- Leigh Brasington (American)
- Jack Kornfield (spiritrock.org)
- Sharon Salzberg
- Myoshin Kelly
- Joseph Goldstein (Dharma.org)
- S.N. Goenka (Dhamma.org) with no attention given to jhana or nimittas, which participants are discouraged from pursuing by the U Ba Khin school until later stages, so if it comes, pursue it silently and contact a better teacher.