|I want to be more spiritual.|
|The secret is gentle persistence.|
(3) " 'Clearly perceiving the entire body [length of the breath] one breathes in,' thus one trains; 'clearly perceiving the entire (breath-) body one breathes out,' thus one trains.
(4) " 'Calming [by allowing] this bodily function [of breathing], one breathes in,' thus one trains ; 'calming this bodily function one breathes out,' thus one trains. ...
It is the first step to success, for how else will insight-practice (vipassana) be possible without the coherence/"concentration" -- the intensification of mind with all of its inherent powers without a strong foundation in serenity, calm, and unification?
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- craving/clinging (desire, lust)
- anger/fear (version)
- drowsiness/lethargy (physical/mental tiredness)
- skeptical doubt (uncertainty)
|I get it. It unfolds. I apply energy and allow it.|
- initial-application of attention
- joy, rapture, bliss, keen interest, enthusiasm
- calm happiness, ease
- single-pointedness of mind (ekaggata)
- If the mind begins to produce a sign (nimitta), ignore it. Stay with the breath at the nostril. Why? If you turn and give attention to the sign, it will go away. "The butterfly alights on the hand that does not grasp." That sign is a delicate thing, like a shy lady or fairy. If you so much as look, it runs away. Ignore it, pay it no mind, and its own curiosity will bring it forward. The secret is that the sign is the breath, so stay with the breath. Stay with the breath.
|It's so easy, so easy that it's hard. Practice.|
|In a quiet place, I will sit like he sat.|
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