November 12, 2008
If you need to keep alert note two phenomena (objects). If two many objects come and hit the field of awareness and the mind cannot cope and gets agitated (seeing, hearing, bodily sensation) and you are experiencing loss of clarity, then try to limit the objects. Stay with one or two only.Can you see the observing mind arising and passing away?e only way to overcome Samsara and become liberated is to watch this mental and bodily process. rough and through.Keep your sila, purify your views. is is the only way.Why do you need more-so much knowledge? en you don’t really develop the emotional, spiritual, and psychological aspects.Self discovery-mindfulness: You learn more and more about yourself, about your mind and body, how they are related to each other, how everything affects your mind and body.You see, you hear, you touch, you smell , you taste, you think. It affects your body and mind. Every relationship with each other will affect your body and mind. Depending on how healthy that is, it will have an influence on the world around us.You have to carefully watch how you affect others in every way, whatever you do, whatever you say, how does that affect people and the surroundings?Also to get absorbed in something, any activity (watching the sunset) is a kind of meditation.Don’t create. If you create in Vipassana it is very dangerous.Be aware of the liking and enjoying mind when you are thinking.Look at the knowing of the mind experiencing mind objects and the knowing of the mind that is separate from mind objects. See the difference?
from – Contemplation of the Mind
November 11, 2008
Note that ‘I am a better meditator than others’ mind, it’s very, very dangerous.Somebody walking, somebody talking, it is too noisy in here so many cars pass by, what shall I do? All sorts of thoughts come to your mind. So be aware of your thoughts coming in your mind, and that you are interpreting and commenting. Just know, that because of that sound there is feeling going on. When you become more aware of your reactions they become less and less.After awhile when you become aware that you interpret and react, interpreting and reacting stops.When we stop interpreting and reacting we experience something new: Not thinking.Just become aware of it. ings there stop having identity.So when you stop thinking you just come in touch with it. You can’t grasp at anything any more. It becomes slippery and vague and that is the way it should be actually.When you stop wandering, you can be aware of that thought, liking or not liking. It’s our interpretation, we are conditioned to like or dislike something. So it is our conditioning.e important thing is not to react too much. But don’t try to not react too much!So when you notice an odour, you are just aware of it, because of this odour there is this consciousness.So, object and sense base and consciousness. You can be aware of all three of them in your meditation, but to be aware of one is enough.When you change objects don’t think about them. It is the way the mind looks at experience that makes things better of worse.Joy is very close to interest, if you have interest, you have joy.Watch your greed and desire just as mental processes arising and passing away without backing anything up with an ‘I’.What we want is limitless, but what we need to be happy is very little.ere is not a ‘God creator’. is is not somebody’s creation, this is natural phenomena behaving the way they do because of cause and effect conditions.Watch that disappearing again and again, if you watch the passing away you develop sharper awareness.
from – Contemplation of the Mind
November 10, 2008
When you are on retreat meditating, you are in the shade, in the coolness but you don’t realise it. Only when you go out in the heat of the sun do you see how beneficial, not boring, not hard it was in the shade, and how hard it is now in the sun.Don’t think, trying to find solutions for your ‘problems.’Relax, let the mind become clear and relaxed again and you will see clearly. at is the solution.If you are thinking, it’s not ‘as it is.’ You are creating something.In ultimate reality there are conceptual consequences i.e. if you kill somebody you will suffer the consequences of all kinds that come along with that action.In practice it takes thirty to forty-five days for samadhi to reach full developmentYour life is a reflection of your mind.What gives our life meaning is wisdom.You have to have the courage to live with just yourself.Watch how the kilesa arise constantly in the mind. e cittas are kusala (wholesome) or akusala (unwholesome) It’s not ‘Your’ kusala or ‘Your’ akusala.Whatever feels good or bad, as in seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching and thinking and your state of mind are related and connected. Don’t overlook that relationship there.Never act with agitated and blurry mind. It will always cause you to do wrong.Develop equanimity towards all phenomena.Keep checking, is the mind pure, clean, or not? It is very important and useful to see the state of the mind clearly. If it is not pure, you must work to purify it.When sati-samadhi is not so strong and you look at the mind, the mind wanders. Meditation is not long and big. It’s moment-to-moment awareness.Who is meditating? A series of consciousness!Who is experiencing? Formations!Meditation is happening by itself, nobody does meditation.Watch out for the interpreter in the mind! You interpret, you react, you interpret, and you react!But if you don’t interpret you stop reacting. So keep doing that for a long time until you stop interpreting and reacting. en you see what’s really there.Wisdom is not you it is just a function of the mind.ere is a distinct space created between the object and the observing mind. at is the way things should be in practice.
from – Contemplation of the Mind
November 7, 2008
Growth is a process of trial and error.Life is a series of experiments until the day we die!Tension is excessive energy.Be in control and not controlled by the mind, don’t react, who’s the boss?!Attention moment to moment; see disappearing? Watch that thought-thinking, very closely but don’t get involved. What you see: Is it satisfactory? Is it controllable? Is it lasting? Is it atta?You will see all things, just stay in present moment.What’s important about defilements is to understand their nature, not to avoid them.Attitude: even if you go to a relaxed place, don’t stop trying.Attachment: watch that mind that says ‘I’ know so much.Note the interpreter, the explainer, the one who reacts, in the mind when these thoughts come just be aware of them and that you are interpreting (car sound, bird,) and they will go away gradually.If you don’t interpret, react and explain for a long time something strange happens again: It seems like you are not experiencing anything very well. Your experience is not very strong any more. is is normal.Don’t do any labelling, it’ll get in the way and slow you down. In Vipassana you can change object as long as you are aware, as long as you don’t think. It works on kanika samadhi.When you are meditating whatever is happening right now is your object of meditation. Be ready, be present, an object is always there.Do not expect what will happen next, do not try to create
experience, or to make your meditation experience better, just be with whatever is happening completely. at’s the most important aspect of meditation.Be with whatever is.Meditating is very-very simple. Are you willing to be simple?Train yourself to be mindful of all six senses, seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, body feeling and thought. (ought, as well as everything that arises in the mind is sensation).is consciousness is not a being. You are not creating it. It is happening because of the causes and conditions that you must have been able to observe by now.Consciousness is arising and passing away so quickly that we think that it’s always there, because it is the same type of consciousness.It is not the same consciousness, it’s the same type, of consciousness.e two things very different.After you practise for a long time and you become more and more mindful you can see a gap in between. You don’t experience solidity any more.
From – Contemplation of the Mind
November 4, 2008
Be With Whatever IsYou don’t select objects, just be there and aware. You don’t try to experience past experiences. You don’t try to get anywhere. Don’t encourage thinking, encourage seeing. You develop sharper awareness if you watch closely the passing away.Real happiness is not wanting anything.Don’t lie down too long it makes you lose your sharpness. If you have to rest maintain some mindfulness, keep sharp alert, awake and balanced. Do not encourage sleeping.If you get lazy, motivate yourself, self-motivation is very important.inking makes you lose awareness.Note ‘ego, wrong views, comparing, competing.’ Have no thoughts or words about what you are knowing. You already know.When meditating the mind is taking a rest from concepts. It gives no name to what is experiencing. It only knows what is happening directly without any thoughts.It is necessary to look and know the state of the mind. Know what you can experience directly. ere is no need to justify or stop what you are feeling.Don’t let memories affect you, or the present moment.If you want freedom from the process, (mind and body) you must see what the process is first. Do not depend on externals-material things for your peace of mind, depend only on your own mind .Do not think of thoughts or wandering mind as a disturbance. at is just another object.It’s not worth it getting upset about anything at all!When you meditate it is important to keep your mind on paramattha (movements, sensations of body and mind etc.)If you don’t, the mind can still become calm and concentrated but you cannot feel reality, you won’t be able to develop deep insight We Cannot directly experience concepts; only by experiencing
the quality (hardness, coldness, heat, softness, stiffness, pres sure, heaviness, tension, pain) we are experiencing directly without thinking about it.
From – Contemplation of the Mind