Spiritual tips for meditators

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    Spiritual tips for meditators

    Luangpor Khamkhian Suvanno
    Phra Paisal Visalo
    Preface
    Human is not born to suffer only. Though suffering is inherent in every being, each
    of us has potential to be free from suffering. Aging, sickness, bereavement,
    dissatisfaction, and death cannot inflict suffering to us if we realize the true nature of reality.
    Life reveals to us the true nature of reality every moment. But we
    are always indifferent to it since we never spare time watching our mind at all. Life gives us tremendous amount of time whereas nature gives us the
    tool to monitor our mind. Unfortunately, we never make the best use of what we possess.
    However, suffering that always torments our mind
    keeps urging us to find the way out of it. After repeated
    failures, we will realize that the key to freedom from
    suffering, Sati– Panna (mindfulness and wisdom), is
    already inherent in our mind; it cannot be found through prosperity, fame, or power.
    Sati is a tool for inspecting the mind; panna enables us to realize the truth. Mindfulness and wisdom are capable of elevating us from suffering. The only requirement is: We have to spare time and take effort in developing
    mindfulness and wisdom.
    Mindfulness meditation is the essential way to develop
    our capacity toward freedom from suffering, where aging,
    sickness and death no longer do harm to us. This way was
    delivered by the Buddha to human beings for more than 2,500 years. Though arcane, it is timeless and universal,suitable for every era and everyone, regardless of nation,religion and culture.
    This book is the collection of lectures by both of us,addressed to American audience at Chuang Yen Monastery during June and July last year, with the cordial invitation of
    the Buddhist Association of the United States. We are grateful to the Buddhist Association of the United States and Chuang Yen Monastery for rendering us opportunity to lead meditation courses in the United States and meet a lot
    of committed practitioners.
    Our special thanks go to Dwight Chien who coordinated
    this project and never failed to keep us comfortable during
    the two months of our stay in New York. We also benefited
    a lot from supports of many people especially monks and
    nuns in Chuang Yen Monastery and Yen Ming, to name but
    a few, to whose generosity we are grateful.
    During the process of publishing this book, a lot of
    contributions have been made by Susan Chen, NancySteckel, Richard Baska, and Emily Chiang; we would like to
    thank all of them.
    Luangpor Khamkhian Suvanno
    Phra Paisal Visalo
    March 1, 1998
     
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    Biography of
    Luangpor Khamkhian Suvanno
    & Phra Paisal Visalo
    Luangpor Khamkhian, the disciple of Luangpor Teean
    who was the founder of Sati Meditation, has been a monk
    for more than thirty years, and practiced Sati Meditation
    before becoming a monk. The temple he is staying now is a
    forest monastery. There are three monasteries in the same
    area that Luangpor takes care of. He established meditation
    centers there twenty years ago. Since that area was poor
    and is still poor today, he not only teaches meditation but
    also encourages community development, helping people
    there. During the past five years, he has tried to emphasize
    the meditation aspect of activities. He gives Dhamma talks
    and meditation instructions not only in the regional temples
    but also around the country. In fact, he is one of the most
    sought after masters.
    He was here teaching Sati Meditation three years ago;
    this is the second time that he has come back to teach
    meditation. As for me, I have never been to the United
    States, and have been studying Sati Meditation for fourteen
    years, since the beginning of my monkhood. I am now the
    abbot of one of Luangpor’s temples.
    Phra Paisal Visalo
     
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    CONTENT
    Part ONE
    by Luangpor Khamkhian Suvanno
    The Path of Mindfulness 2
    Cultivating Awareness 12
    Knowing Yourself 18
    Realizing the True Nature 29
    The Balance of Mind 35
    The Three– Fold Training 44
    Seeing the Mind 51
    Foundations of Mindfulness 62
    Lifetime Practice 71
    Buddhist Meditation in a Nutshell 76
    Insight Meditation 81
    A Handful of Buddhism 85
    Letting Go 89
    An Outline of the Insight 95
     
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    Part TWO
    by Phra
    Paisal Visalo
    Means and Ends of Meditation 102
    The Art of Meditation 105
    The Middle Ground 113
    Practice Independently 117
    Harmony Within 123
    Calmness and Insight 129
    The Point of Balance 133
    Reconciliation 137
    Dealing with Expectations 143
    Unreliable Thoughts 147
    Meditator’s Four Friends 152
    Meditation in Action 157
     
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    Spiritual tips for meditators part 1

    By
    Luangpor Khamkhian Suvanno
    The Path of Mindfulness
    Now I am going to teach you the way to meditate.
    Please relax and feel comfortable because what I am going
    to teach you is based on something you already have in
    your mind. The teaching that I am going to instruct
    you in
    is based on something which is real and genuine, the truth.
    And the truth cannot be deceived. It cannot be deceived by
    neither the master nor the students. The master cannot
    deceive the student and the student cannot deceive the
    master once either of them has realized or understands the
    truth. This is a technique that can be understood by
    everybody. All of us have mind and body. We also have
    mindfulness. Mindfulness is a quality of mind that we can
    cultivate and develop, but it is already in our minds. Once
    we are mindful or once we are awaken to mindfulness, all
    of us are the same; but if we do not have mindfulness or if
    we are not mindful,we are different.Meditating, especially developing mindfulness, doesnot require special time designated specifically for this
    technique.It can be practiced all the time in our daily lives.
    It dose not demand special time, mainly because
    mindfulness is already in our minds. It can be developed
    through our daily activities. If we practice properly, we will
    feel that our lives are normal.
    We cannot practice for others but have to practice for
    ourselves. We cannot learn from others but have to learn
    from direct experience. We have to learn by realizing the
    truth in our minds. The meditation cannot be achieved from
    memorizing texts or reading books. We have to experience
    the reality in ourselves. For example, when we think, we
    have to see, observe, and experience the reality of
    thoughts, how they arise and how they fade away. These
    can be learned through direct experience, not through
    reading books or memorizing texts. What I am trying to
    convey is what I have realized from direct experience, not
    from analytical thoughts or knowledge of texts. This
    realization is based on direct experience that everybody can
    achieve or realize for himself.
    When we practice, we practice on what we already
    have. We have body and mind. We practice by using our
    body as an object, our body’s movement. When our body
    moves, when our hand moves, we should just be aware.
    The hand is real, the body is real, and our awareness of
    them is real and can be cultivated. The more we practice,
    the more awareness we accumulate. This way of practicing
    asks us to accumulate awareness until it becomes the dominant
    quality of our minds. Once everybody has total awareness, everybody will be the same, the same in the sense that their lives are normal. But if we do not have
    awareness, we behave differently out of hatred, greed, and delusion, which
    disrupts our lives so that we contradict each other, preventing harmony and creating disunity. So,the point is how to cultivate awareness. The key to
    Buddhist meditation is cultivating awareness and I am
    going to instruct you how. Once we understand and
    practice by ourselves, we will know ourselves better and
    live our lives properly. Now I will demonstrate.
     
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    Everybody, please place your palms on your thighs,
    sit comfortably, and open your eyes. First turn your right
    hand onto its edge from your thigh, raise it to the height of
    your chest, and move it to your abdomen. Turn your left
    hand from your thigh, raise it to height of your chest, and
    move it to your abdomen. Move your right hand to your
    chest, move it out, lower it to your thigh, and turn it down.
    Raise your left hand to your chest, turn it out, lower it, and
    turn it down. Again, ....
    Please try to be aware of every movement, aware, not
    focused. Feel, feel the sensation of your body. Just make it
    natural. Just feel it. That is the way to develop awareness
    naturally. Sometimes thoughts will sneak into our minds;
    just open yourself up to them but don’t follow them. Once
    we are aware of our thoughts, we return to our body, to the
    movement of our hands. This method does not encourage
    one to stop thinking but just to be aware of it. In fact, we
    cannot stop thinking because it is the nature of our mind to
    think. We should be open to all kinds of thoughts, but do
    not follow them or repress them. Just be aware. With
    awareness, we will be firm and not react to our minds,
    either positively or negatively.
    This is the introduction. I would like you to try, to
    practice, to feel yourselves and see how it affects your
    mind. When you place your hand on your thigh, do you
    know where your hand is? Once you know where your hand
    is,you have already cultivated knowingness, that is to
    know, to feel where your hand is. And the practice of
    mindfulness is based on this awareness. When you turn
    your hand on your thigh, do you know the position of your
    hand? You know where your hand is, right? Raise your
    hand. Is it on your thigh? Where is it? Who knows the
    position of your hand? You or other people? Can anybody
    know for you? Is it only you that can be aware of where
    your hand is? Know, know, know, be aware, be aware, be
    aware, ....
     
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    Do not force your mind to focus or concentrate on
    every minute of your movements; just feel every step
    intervally, and don’t focus your mind to feel like a straight
    line of feeling. That’s not the right way. The only thing you
    have to do is be aware.Don’t analyze or try to reason what
    you are going to do or why you are having such thoughts.
    Don’t analyze or rationalize any of your thoughts. Do not
    make judgments, whether this thought is good or not, just
    be open to it, be aware of it, with no blame,no repression,
    and no stopping, just be receptive to the thoughts. This will
    enable awareness to develop quickly.
    Keep practicing, keep doing, and keep being aware of
    your body’s movement. It does not need to be the
    movement of your hand but can be the movement of your
    breath. When you breathe in and breathe out, these are
    also your body’s movements. When you walk, try to be
    aware of your walk. Be aware of whatever your movement
    is. Be aware of every position, and whatever you do try to
    be aware of only one posture. When you walk, just be
    aware of your walking; do not be aware of your breath. But
    if you want to be aware of your breath, that’s okay as long
    as you choose only one object. Do not use too many
    objects or they will confuse you. The point is that whatever
    thoughts arise, just be aware, and come back to your
    body’s movement. Do not be caught up in your thinking
    process or your thoughts.
    If you feel tired or tense after sitting for a longtime, change your posture. While you change your posture, please be mindful; don’t change it
    hastily out of impulse or out of unmindfulness.
    During your walking meditation, you can either fold
    your arms across your chest or clasp your hands behind
    your back. Keep your hands properly; it will enable you to
    walk slowly with mindfulness. About eight to twelve paces
    of walking will do for the meditation. Do not walk for too
    long a length or your mind will be easily distracted. If you
    walk at my speed, in one hour you will walk four thousand
    paces.If you know every pace, you already have four
    thousand units of knowingness in one hour. It will
    accumulate and can change the quality of your mind.
    Anyway, if you become distracted or you forget and
    become unmindful when you walk or move your hands,
    that’s okay. Do not blame yourself or feel unhappy when
    this happens. Just let it go and start again. When a thought
    disturbs your mind, let it be. Do not try to repress or
    suppress it. Just feel open to it. It will fade away
    automatically. This is the nature of the mind that we can
    realize through meditation.
    Now, let’s try to experience it ourselves. After
    practicing for an hour, you may come back and we will
    have a question and answer session for thirty minutes.
    How was your practice? When you felt distracted or
    caught up in your mind, did you see the difference between
    them? Did you realize when you were caught up in your
    thoughts? Did you see the difference when you came back
    to your body’s movement or became aware of the
    movement of your hands or walking? Once you did that, did
    you see that the thoughts just ceased or passed away?
    When you are caught up in your thoughts or
    overwhelmed by emotions, you may forget to move your
    hand or you may move it but have no full awareness of
    your body. That’s okay, but try to return to your hand’s
    movement or to your walk. Once you are aware of your
    body’s movement, you are already a practitioner. A
    Dhamma practitioner develops awareness; this is the only
    duty of the practitioner.The same goes for feeling. If you feel tense, physical
    pain, or tired, do not be overwhelmed by the unpleasant
    feelings. Just come back to your body’s movement or just
    be aware and see the painful feelings. In other words, don’t
    become lost, caught up in or overwhelmed by these
    unpleasant feelings, but be aware. Awareness will enable
    your mind and your life to go ahead without being
    interrupted by thoughts or feelings or any kind of
    disturbance. Thoughts will arise, feelings will disturb you,
    but if you have total awareness, you can go ahead without
    being stopped or blocked by these hindrance. You will go
    ahead; go straight ahead.
    For beginners, just cultivating awareness is enough.
    Do not try to achieve or gain anything. Do not expect any
    realization, any insight, or wisdom from the practice. Just
    awareness is enough for you at the present stage and it will
    enable you to go ahead without any problems or difficulties.
    For the beginners, you may not sit longer if you wish, and
    the awareness may develop slowly, not smoothly. That’s
    okay. Just try to keep practicing, and this will enable
    mindfulness or awareness to develop. Do not feel bad when
    you feel you are caught up in your thoughts or in pleasant
    or unpleasant feelings, or you become forgetful of the
    practice. That’s okay. Do not blame yourself. Do not feel
    depressed. Just come back to the practice; come back to be
    aware of your body’s movement.
    When you keep practice, you keep accumulating
    awareness. You will begin to see, to realize, the nature of
    your mind.You will see that thought are one thing and
    mindfulness is another. The thoughts or feelings are not
    you, not yours, not me, nor mine. Previously, you may
    have thought that the thoughts are your thoughts, but in
    fact, they are not your thoughts. The thoughts are just
    there, but they are not yours. And this you can see,
    because of mindfulness. Mindfulness will separate you from
    the thought so you can observe the thought without being
    identified with it or take it to be you or yours.
    In the sutra, the Buddha advises us to contemplate,
    to be aware of body, feelings, and mind or the thoughts.
    These three aspects
    - - body, feeling, and thoughts- - are already with us; they are not something outside of us. We can use them for our spiritual well being. In the past, when
    we wanted to stand up, we stood up instantly out of habit.
    But if we practice and develop mindfulness, before standing
    up, we will be aware of the desire to stand up. Thus we will
    stand up mindfully. We can apply this approach or this
    attitude to whatever activity we do, and our lives will be on
    the path to mindfulness.
    Meditation’s priority is to develop awareness first. It
    is the crucial factor that needs to be developed during the
    practice. This is important because we are already good at
    analytical thinking. But we have to practice another quality
    of the mind, awareness. It will lead us to a realization
    through direct experience that cannot be achieved through
    thoughts or the analytical mind.
    Any questions? If you want to ask, please ask based
    upon the experience that you have already had from your
    practice in the past few hours, do not ask through the
    analytical mind.
    Q: The mind that gives rise to thought, the mind that’s
    mindful, and the mind that is aware, are these minds the
    same?
    A: Practically speaking, you can see the three. You can
    see the scattered thoughts, or you can observe the mind.
    This can happen when you are aware of your body. When
    you are aware of your body and a thought arises, your
    mindfulness will come and watch and be aware of your
    thoughts. You can see the difference;differentiate between
    your thoughts and mindfulness or awareness. Without
    being aware of your body’s movement first, it is difficult to
    see the difference between your thoughts and your mind.
    Q: When you observe a thought, is the thought in the past?
    A
    : Once you are aware of a random thought, it is in the
    past; but if you are not aware of it, it is the present. The
    random or unintentional
    thought is the kamma, a kind of
    action, a mental action that can lead to other
    consequences, either good or bad.
    If you become aware of
    it, awareness will halt that mental action, thus getting rid of
    whatever consequences that might have happened.
    Q:Is this practice of using your body as a meditative object for the train
    ing of Samadhi?
    A: The awareness can lead to calmness; if you are
    caught up in or dwell on the calmness that is the Samatha,
    calmness meditation. But if you lift your mind from the
    calmness and observe the calmness, then it is insight
    meditation. So it depends on how you deal with calmness.
    If you dwell in the calmness, it is a calmness meditation; if
    you observe the calmness, it will lead to insight meditation.
    Q:Is this awareness the same as the Buddha’s?
    A:The awareness mentioned above is the same as
    the quality of Buddhahood. It will lead to total insight. This
    kind of practice also includes the Three Fold Training- -morality, concentration, and wisdom.
    Q: Do you mean that awareness includesThree Fold Training?
    A: The Three Fold Training is not awareness itself, but
    is based on awareness. You cannot keep precepts without
    awareness. Awareness will enable you to keep the precepts,Sila
    . And awareness will enable you to develop concentration,Samadhi
    , and to gain insight,Panna. We need not waste time developing Sila,
    Samadhi,Panna by different ways, but go directly to develop awareness, then
    Sila,Samadhi,Panna will take place. According to the Buddhist Canon, the Buddha said, “Self -awareness is the origin of wisdom, the parent, the source of righteousness.
    But unknowingness or unawareness is the source or the
    parent of all evils.”
    Q:Nowadays, young children seem to be practicing
    awareness all the time. Even we, when we are exposed to
    something new, seem to be more aware. It seems as if we
    come to this world practicing awareness, then we start
    thinking, thinking, thinking, then we have the same
    thoughts over and over and that turns off our awareness.
    Why is this happening?
    A:It is because we have eyes, nose, ears, mouth, and
    body, the five sensual bases, and mind, the sixth base, to
    understand the world.We use these six bases to have
    contact with the world, and this leads us to a lot of
    concocted mind. We think a lot because we have a lot of
    contact with the outside world. That’s why our minds
    become busy and keep thinking all the time. We ignore
    another quality of the mind, awareness. That’s why we
    have to come back again, because we have ignored it for
    such a long time. We have occupied ourselves with thinking
    because of our contact with the outside world through the
    five sensual bases. Awareness will liberate us from all
    unpleasant events and unfetter our minds. It will liberate us
    from all hindrances and fetters. I can assure you that
    awareness will rescue our lives. Regardless of nationality or
    race, we can be united. Regardless of our differences, we
    have one thing in common --awareness. Awareness is in
    everyperson. So, I would like to encourage you to develop
    awareness so that we will go beyond nationality and race.
    After the practice, do you feel that you can get in
    touch with awareness, the awareness in your mind? It is an
    quality inherent in you that leads you to get in touch with
    it.
    cont :- https://watpasukatomedia.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/kk_ps_spiritual-tips-for-meditators1.pdf
     
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