By BHIKKU KHANTIPALO
This guide, by way of an skilled Buddhist, has been written which will be simply available additionally to the reader who understands not anything approximately meditation, but additionally comprises wisdom and event that may be won in simple terms via perform.
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It begins with oneself, that is to say, one has to have a reasonableamount of love and respect for oneself before one can act with mettā towards others. The aim with others is to extend to all the same quality of selfless love, not only to human beings but to all animals and to beings who are usually invisible. This is to have a heart free from enmity towards any living being, for anger and enmity never produce anything good while loving-kindness never The four foundations of mindfulness 37 brings any harm.
The moments in which each of these exist are very brief. Usually our lack of mindfulness and wisdom means that we view ourselves ‘all-of-a-lump’ and so do not see the arising and passing away of the aggregates, moreover the concept ‘I am’ blocks insight. When this exercise is done then the person dissolves (and with it the unwholesome mental states on which this concept is based) and insight arises into the conditioned nature of all phenomena and when this occurs then the abandonment of the concept of self becomes possible, as the Buddha said, like putting down a great burden and not picking up another.
Much depends on the individual. With this one exercise alone a meditator can experience both calm, and insight and reach the heights of insight practice where Nibbana is known. Indeed, it is said that Gotama himself used this method when he was striving for Enlightenment and that through mindfulness of breathing he reached the full-final attainment, a great encouragement for the beginner! Moreover, this practice is suitable for all sorts of people with different types of defilements. Generally everyone has some distraction during meditation when thoughts, words and pictures break up mindful attention.
Calm and Insight: A Buddhist Manual for Meditators by BHIKKU KHANTIPALO