|He's so young to be enlightened already.|
|The Buddha, the Awakened One|
|How do I get to space? - Go up, way up.|
- Cultivating friendliness-kindness, compassion
- Recollecting the Buddha's nine good qualities
- Choose one quality and continue to reflect on it.
- moving in-and-out around the nostril/upper lip area
- as each being long or short in duration
- as the whole-body-of-the-breath, meaning that one knows/remains aware of each inhalation for its FULL duration and each following exhalation for its ENTIRE length
- and as the subtle breath, the tiny movement by the nostril or the prana (invisible lifeforce energy, chi, spiritus) that accompanies it.
|I was so at peace, so close to absorption, seeing light.|
Counting can be used for the first two ways of knowing the breath, just to anchor one in the practice. Breathe in and breathe out naturally (not controlling the breath at all) and count "one." Another cycle of breath, and count "two" up to eight then begin again.
If the mind is wandering -- and it does tend to do that, so don't be surprised or upset when it does -- count 1 1 1 1 1...for the full length of the inhalation, 2 2 2 2 2 2...for the full duration of the exhalation, up to eight and begin again.
This will keep the mind on nothing but the natural breath in real time. We want real time awareness, not memory of the past breath or projection of the future breath, just this breath right NOW.
When this can be done, with the mind fixed (fixated, fastened, stuck, nailed) to the breath, the mind will be absorbed into the breath. This is samadhi, full absorption into one thing. It is accompanied by an effervescent bliss, rapture, joy, a sense of levitating. But it is weak absorption close to normal consciousness.
Continue, and as one factor drops away another is strengthened, and it is a firmer, more fixed, more stable absorption, further from normal distracted/diffuse consciousness. This can continue until one experiences the first four absorptions.
|Knowing and Seeing (Pa Auk)|
We will search for "self" there. For it is only by searching for it there that one can awaken from the illusion that has been causing all of this suffering life after life.
What is "suffering"? Dukkha (disappointment, pain, grief, boredom, lack of fulfillment, woe, ill, distress, unsatisfactoriness, crying, lamenting, this interminable wandering on lost beset by craving and yearning, ensnared by anger and upset, benighted by confusion and ignorance) is "suffering."
To be permanently free of ALL suffering, let us discern ultimate mentality-and-materiality and their causes. That's what insight-meditation (vipassana) is for. Its foundation is serenity (coherence, samadhi, the absorptions). How do name-and-form arise? They arise, that is, originate dependent on conditions.
What conditions? It is all made clear after serenity is achieved when the meditation on Dependent Origination gets underway.
- Seeing and sitting with the Sayadaw was made possible by our friends and partners. This all took place on March 3, 2018 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
|PasaDharma - Dharma Meditation Initiative - Dharma Punx - Disclosure Project - MARC|
|I always knew I'd find out how to awaken!|
- You, too, can participate FREE on Sunday, March 4th (march forth as in sally forth) beginning at 9:00 am. We cannot promise we will ever offer such an opportunity, free, in Los Angeles, in a university setting. Take advantage; come investigate.