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Noticing space
« on: February 01, 2016, 10:09:07 am »
I've been playing around with this for a while, and would be interested in comparing notes with anyone else who has tried it. It's not a common practice and I haven't found anyone in my local sangha with experience of it.

It's something that Ajahn Sumedho has written about, and I've also heard Ajahn Brahm discuss it.

This approach includes noticing space practically, for example the space in a room, but I've also used it to notice the the spaciousness of the mind.  These two approaches, external and internal, seem to be closely connected.

I don't recall this practice being specifically described in the suttas, though space is referred to as a property or element in a couple of suttas, eg:
Here space and consciousness are added to the usual four properties or elements, ie earth, wind, fire and water. "'A person has six properties.' Thus was it said. In reference to what was it said? These are the six properties: the earth property, the liquid property, the fire property, the wind property, the space property, the consciousness property. 'A person has six properties.' Thus was it said, and in reference to this was it said."
The contemplation of the four elements is included in the first foundation of mindfulness ( satipatthana ), the body, so by extension one could add contemplation of space and consciousness.
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