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Vipassana Meditation:

The study of life

On one occasion, after His Enlightenment, the Buddha was dwelling at the foot of a banyan tree by the bank of the Neranjana River. There the following thought arose in his mind:

“This is the only way that leads to the attainment of purity, to the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, to the end of pain and grief, to the entering of the right path and to the realization of Nibbana: that way is the Four Foundations of Mindfulness”.

Thereupon, Brahma Sahampati, understanding in his own mind the Buddha’s thought, vanished from the Brahma realm and appeared before the Buddha:

“All the Blessed Ones who have seen the cessation of birth and the overcoming of birth, who have paved the supreme way in the past, have crossed over the ocean of suffering by this way. All those in the future will also cross over by this way. And that Blessed One in the present time has crossed over by this path. This path is the Four Foundation of Mindfulness.”

For forty five years following His Enlightenment until His passing away, the Buddha’s sole objective was to teach trainable beings how to attain the three essentials of Dhamma: refraining from all evil; cultivating good; and purifying the mind.

Four Noble Truths

The Buddha taught that in order to purify the mind we must contemplate the Four Noble Truths, which are suffering, the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the way leading to the cessation of suffering.

Once the Four Noble Truths have been thoroughly realised, our minds will be purified and enlightened and we will attain the extinction of suffering, Nibbana.

The way to eradicate suffering or purify the mind is to practice vipassana, or insight, meditation. This is the only way to free people from rebirth and to attain the ultimate truth of Nibbana.Vipassana meditation is not a technique for closing the eyes and seeing magnificent sights or attaining psychic powers. It is the study of life and how to eradicate suffering from one’s own life. It also solves the complex problems of life and leads to perception of the truth. The way to practice this is to look into one’s own life, to notice the movements of body and mind, to notice whether there are wholesome or unwholesome thoughts in the mind.

The more we reflect on our life and the more we learn about our problems, the more can we reach a solution totally and clearly by ourselves, within our own minds.

We will realise that a life that is void of mindfulness and follows the stream of accumulated habits is vastly different from a life guided by mindfulness.

Vipassana meditation will lead us from the world of darkness and unskilful habits and free us from the tyranny of lack of mindfulness, in which, through ignorance, we are imprisoned.

From the moment we begin to practice mindfulness it is as if a candle were to be lit in our lives, a candle that shines in our lives at all times.

We often talk about mindfulness and wisdom, and we do utilise wisdom, but rarely do we use our mindfulness, even though it can bring immeasurable benefits to our lives.

Once we begin practicing vipassana meditation, this small candle starts to grow brighter and brighter, until we are able to see the truths that had previously been obscured.

Exhortation to practice

Don’t neglect your work, the work of meditation. There are five meditation objects: kesa hair of the head; loma hair of the body; nakha nails; dantha teeth; taco skin. These are tools for calming the mind. Use them for solving problems. If you don’t have a meditation object you will not be able to solve problems, you will find it hard to concentrate the mind. Note ‘standing” five times, reflecting only on “kesa”, down to the feet, standing, then to the navel, then stop breathing. Then note “thus” up to the head. You can know the state of your mind. When you see another person walking towards you, you can tell immediately whether he or she is good or bad. But people don’t study this. They study everything else; but throw out the essential work of Buddhist practice, they throw out the meditation, that’s why they can’t solve problems and that is why the world is so confused and agitated.

If you can practice meditation, you note standing, and when you see someone walking towards you smiling, you can immediately sense their real state of mind. They’re smiling, but they’re coming to claim a debt or to borrow some money. Even friends can cheat each other. Meditation can solve social problems.It is the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The Buddha taught that when you see a person walking towards you mindfulness will tell you if they should be avoided. This is one benefit.The second, secondary benefit is that meditation can solve problems. How does meditation solve problems? It improves the mind. Where is the mind? The mind is at the six sense doors. We have these three channels of activity: the body, the speech and the mind. These are the wells of skill and unskill. The six sense bases are the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind. These are the both places of heaven and hell, the birth places of mind and body, mental states, and defilements such as greed hatred and delusion. Solve problems here.When the eye sees someone who makes us angry, we set up mindfulness at the eye. Our eye is then rich, it is controlled (sila). Are you angry? Put anger at the solar plexus, breathe deeply and slowly. A person who is angry breathes quickly. One who breathes deeply will not be angry. This is how we solve the immediate problems with elementary meditation. When you breath deeply, noting “anger, anger,” wisdom will arise in you and you will be able to solve the problem. Why do you waste your time and mental energy on anger? It is not what you’re meant to do. That is the task of Buddhist practice.

to be continued

(Courtesy - Advantages of Chanting and how to Practice Vipassana Meditation.)

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