|Everything falls away, something else rearises. Nirvana is bliss (imperishableconsciousness).|
Within these pages, Burmese master Sayadaw U Pandita draws on over 40 years of meditation experience, showing that freedom is as immediate as breathing and as fundamental as a footstep. He describes the path of the Buddha, sounding a clarion call to each of us to make that same heroic journey of liberation.
|Alternate sitting and walking meditation.|
One hour is a standard period, but 45 minutes can also be used. For formal walking, retreatants choose a lane of about 20 steps in length and walk slowly back and forth along it.
In daily life, walking meditation can also be very helpful. A short period -- say ten minutes -- of formal walking meditation before sitting serves to focus the mind. Beyond this advantage, the awareness developed in walking meditation is useful to all of us as we move our bodies from place to place in the course of a normal day.
Let us consider lifting. We know its conventional name, but in meditation it is important to penetrate behind that conventional concept and to understand the true nature of the whole process of lifting, beginning with the intention to lift and continuing through the actual process, which involves many sensations.
|Can one walk with enough attention?|
- right view or understanding,
- right thought or aim [intention],
- right speech,
- right action,
- right livelihood,
- right effort,
- right mindfulness, and
- right concentration.
|The Buddha in walking pose, India, Nagaloka, India (flickr.com)|
The Buddha described five additional, specific benefits of walking meditation. The first is that one who does walking meditation will have the stamina to go on long journeys. This was important in the Buddha’s time, when bhikkhus [male monastics] and bhikkhunıs [female monastics], monks and nuns, had no form of transportation other than their feet and legs. You who are meditating today can consider yourselves to be bhikkhus, and can think of this benefit simply as physical strengthening.