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Basic Method Of Meditation-Ajahn Brahm
« on: January 11, 2010, 03:26:13 am »
Basic Method Of Meditation-Ajahn Brahm  :buddha:

http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/ebmed035.htm

First and foremost requirement even before the basic steps to meditation is Strong Sila (morality)

Sila (virtue, moral conduct) is the cornerstone upon which the entire Noble Eightfold Path is built. The practice of sila is defined by the middle three factors of the Eightfold Path: Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood.

Practicing Buddhists voluntarily undertake a particular set of training rules appropriate to their life-situation:

* Lay men and women observe the Five Precepts (pañca-sila)
* Lay men and women doing intensive meditation practice (as on Uposatha days) observe the Eight Precepts (attha-sila)
* Novice monks (samanera) and nuns (samaneri) observe the Ten Precepts (dasa-sila)
* A fully-ordained monk (bhikkhu) follows the 227 rules of the Bhikkhu Patimokkha; a nun (bhikkhuni) would follow the 311 rules of the Bhikkhuni Patimokkha.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sila/index.html

The Five Precepts:

1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
2. Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
3. Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.
4. Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
5. Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.

Next Step is Samadhi (which can lead u to Jhanas)

Strong Samadhi is essential Samma Samadhi is essential to leap into the next step

Right Effort, Right Mindfulness(awareness),Right Concentration

Contents
Part 1
* Sustained attention on the present moment
Part 2
* Silent awareness of the present moment
* Silent present momemt awareness of the breath
* Full sustained attention on the breath
Part 3
* Full sustained attention on the beautiful breath
* Experiencing the beautiful Nimitta
* First Jhāna

http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/ebmed035.htm

Metta  :)

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Re: Basic Method Of Meditation-Ajahn Brahm
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2010, 11:16:17 am »
You said:A fully-ordained monk (bhikkhu) follows the 227 rules of the Bhikkhu Patimokkha; a nun (bhikkhuni) would follow the 311 rules of the Bhikkhuni Patimokkha

Do you think all of those 227 rules for men and 311 rules for women are still valid? I mean few of them were time specific..and of course the basic moral principles should remain same .

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2010, 05:35:59 pm »
On the subject of meditation method, although I'm not following Arya's posting, exactly, I just thought these points might be helpful to some beginning, or having problems progressing.   
Further to Ajahn Brahms list can I very humbly add:
Try to maintain spine as straight as comfortably possible, wheither lying or sitting in meditation. Its ok to support the lower spine gently, when sitting.
"drop" breath from chest to abdomen, and slow breathing by small increments.(increase length of breaths)
Try to visualise bodily awareness to point at top of spine, where spine meets skull, projected forward.
return to breath. Breath will (eventually) become a continuous "loop", not separate in and out breaths. At this stage breathing becomes beautiful. Silky smooth.
As bliss arises, just observe and try to remain calm. dont let breathing rate increase. Dont mentally say "Wow"! (this is difficult at first) Just watch. Bodily sensations should melt away....
Just from my experiences, but I hope this is helpful to someone.
with Metta.

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Re: Basic Method Of Meditation-Ajahn Brahm
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2010, 05:57:53 pm »
@ Arya

No idea...its up to Monks & Bhikkunis to decide

@ dhammaseeker

Absolutely and also sitting still helps a lot...even if we move our body or change even in pressure points our mind start to waver again in thoughts!

I think the position of padmasana (yogic posture) has a huge impact in sitting long hours for meditation and also keep the spine straight! without support!

But dont you think supporting the spine actually makes us feel sleepy..sloth & torpor kick in...i think padmasana has to be mastered in order to sit for long hours! (to keep spine straight without support and be still without moving)

Metta :)

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2010, 01:52:15 am »
@ Arya

No idea...its up to Monks & Bhikkunis to decide


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Yes. In that case it is not related to meditation.Because people who are not monks can meditate too.


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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2010, 01:27:34 am »
Part 1
* Sustained attention on the present moment
Part 2
* Silent awareness of the present moment
* Silent present momemt awareness of the breath
* Full sustained attention on the breath
Hi

My view is if following Ajahn Brahm's instruction then to not over-embellish his words.

Part 1 is sustained attention on the present moment. This is the foundation.

Part 2a is silent awareness of the present moment. This is adjusting the mind so it is more quiet, silent, open, gentle & spacious.

Part 2b is silent present moment awareness of the breath. This is not doing anything to find the breath. The emphasis here is the same as the preceding steps, namely, maintaining the mind in present silence. The sensation of the breath will come to the mind. There is no need to take the mind to the breath, adjust the breath, breath in a certain way or direct awareness to a certain point, etc. The instruction states "silent awareness of the breath" rather than "busy awareness of the breath".

Part 2c is when awareness & breath naturally increase their depth of unity by maintaining the preliminary instruction, namely, deepening the silence via deeping the letting go. Full sustained awareness does not mean pushing the mind but the opposite. It is letting go & making the mind more spacious & silent.

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ABC
« Last Edit: January 25, 2010, 01:32:50 am by ABC »
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