A Few Basics of Buddhism New Four-Part Session

A Few Basics of Buddhism New Four-Part Session

A Few Basics of Buddhism New Four-Part Session Structure Chanting & Meditation with Ven. Yi-Hung Shifu Exploring the teachings of kyamuni Buddha Discussion of article on applying Buddhism in ones daily life Gongan (Japanese: Kan) meditation practice The Place to Start We are just beginning to realize that we have overdeveloped the material aspects of existence at the expense of the deeper emotional and spiritual aspects, and we are paying the price for that error. It is one thing to talk about degeneration of moral and spiritual fiber in America today, and another thing to actually do something about it. The place to start is within ourselves. Bhante Gunaratana. Mindfulness in plain English, p. 7.

A Few Basics of Buddhism and How to Integrate Them into Our Daily Lives Session 6 A Few Basics of Buddhism Noble Eightfold Path - A Deeper Look (S. rygamrga, Agikamrga; C. ) Part 3 Review Four Noble Truths (S. catvry ryasatyni; C.

Truth of Suffering (S. Dukhasatya; C. ) Physical suffering Psychological suffering ) Problem Review Four Noble Truths (S. catvry ryasatyni; C. )

Truth of Suffering (S. Dukhasatya; C. ) Truth of Origination of Suffering (S. Samudayasatya; C. ) Cause: Tah (desire, craving) Review Four Noble Truths (S. catvry ryasatyni; C. ) Truth of Suffering (S. Dukhasatya; C. ) Truth of Origination of Suffering (S. Samudayasatya; C. )

Truth of Cessation of Suffering (S. Nirodhasatya; C. ) Cure: Spiritual path that leads us away from endless craving and toward nirva D o c t r I n a l

Review Four Noble Truths (S. catvry ryasatyni; C. ) Truth of Suffering (S. Dukhasatya; C. ) Truth of Origination of Suffering (S. Samudayasatya; C. ) Truth of Cessation of Suffering (S. Nirodhasatya; C. ) Truth of the Path Leading to the Cessation of Suffering (S. Mrgasatya; C. ) Noble Eight-Fold Path

Review Right view (S. Samyagdti; C. ) Wisdom group Right intention/thought (S. Samyak-Sakalpa; C. ) Right speech (S. Samyagvk; C. ) Right action (S. Samyakkarmnta; C. ) Right livelihood (S. Samragjiva; C. ) Right effort/diligence (S. Samyagvyyma; C. ) Right mindfulness (S. Samyak-Smti; C. ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) (pakkhandha)

Moral discipline group (slakkhandha) Concentration group (samdhikkhandha) Eightfold Path (S. Agamrga/rygamrga ; C. ) Right view (S. Samyagdti; C. ) Right intention/thought (S. Samyak-Sakalpa; C. ) Right speech (S. Samyagvk; C. ) Right action (S. Samyakkarmnta; C. ) Right livelihood (S. Samragjiva; C. ) Right effort/diligence (S. Samyagvyyma; C. ) Right mindfulness (S. Samyak-Smti; C. )

Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Concentration group (samdhikkhandha) Eightfold Path (S. Agamrga/rygamrga ; C. ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; P. Samm samdhi; C. ) [Samdhi is] the intensified [wholesome] concentration that results from a deliberate attempt to raise the mind to a higher, more purified level of awareness.

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. The Noble Eightfold Path ; way to the end of suffering, p. 94. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; P. Samm samdhi; C. ) Two salient features of a concentrated mind: Unbroken attentiveness to an object External object or the mind itself Consequent tranquility of the mental functions Overcoming distractions and defilements leads to a state of peaceful awareness Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. The Noble Eightfold Path ; way to the end of suffering, p. 94. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C.

) Two wings of Buddhist meditative cultivation (Bhvan) Tranquility (S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. ) Insight (S. Vipayan; P. Vipassan; C. ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Tranquility/Serenity (S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. )

A calm abiding of the mind His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Heart of Meditation, p. 16. amatha is a state in which the mind is focused only on one item, brought to rest, and not allowed to wander. When this is done, a deep calm pervades body and mind, a state of tranquility that must be experienced to be understood. Bhante Gunaratana. Mindfulness in Plain English, p. 194. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. )

Six Main Steps Involved 1) Moral discipline must be purified 2) Seek out suitable instruction (preferably from a personal teacher) 3) Select/obtain object of meditation Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. The Noble Eightfold Path ; way to the end of suffering, p. 95-98. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Six Main Steps Involved (continued)

4) Retire to a quiet place 5) Assume correct meditation posture 6) Focus mind on the meditation object Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. The Noble Eightfold Path ; way to the end of suffering, p. 95-98. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher one who wants to take a particular meditation should take it from someone with cankers destroyed,* who has, by means of

that particular meditation subject, produced the fourfold and fivefold jhana, and has reached the destruction of cankers by augmenting insight that had that jhana as its proximate cause. *One with all cankers destroyed (ksrava) refers to an arhat (P. arahant). Ven. Ven. Bhadantcariya Bhadantcariya Buddhaghosa. Buddhaghosa. Visuddhimagga Visuddhimagga :: the the Path Path of of Purification. Purification. III, III, 62-64 62-64

Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher if someone with cankers destroyed is available, that is good. If not, then one should take it from a non-returner, a oncereturner, a stream-enterer, an ordinary man who has obtained jhana, one who knows three Pitakas, one who knows two Pitakas, one who knows one Pitaka, in descending order Ven. Ven. Bhadantcariya

Bhadantcariya Buddhaghosa. Buddhaghosa. Visuddhimagga Visuddhimagga :: the the Path Path of of Purification. Purification. III, III, 62-64 62-64 Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C.

) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher Someone who says, I have achieved a certain state verifies their continued self-attachment. Im enlightened Ive gone beyond duality Ven. Ven. Hsin Hsin Ting. Ting. Meditation

Meditation and and Wisdom, Wisdom, p. p. 192 192 Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher A Five-Step Process - Chikudo Lewis Richmond 1) Watch 4) Try it on

2) Ask 5) Commit 3) Feel Chikudo Chikudo Lewis Lewis Richmond. Richmond. What What if?Guidelines if?Guidelines for for Choosing Choosing aa Buddhist Buddhist Teacher. Teacher. Lions

Lions Roar Roar February February 26, 26, 2014. 2014. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher A Five-Step Process - Chikudo Lewis Richmond 1) Watch Watch what the teacher does and says, and how he or she treats people. Kindness, friendliness, humility, a sense of humor, as well as a forthright and honest manner are qualities of spiritual maturity recognized by every Buddhist tradition. . Some say you should

watch a teacher for three years before accepting him or her. whether it is three weeks or three years, take your time. Chikudo Chikudo Lewis Lewis Richmond. Richmond. What What if?Guidelines if?Guidelines for for Choosing Choosing aa Buddhist Buddhist Teacher. Teacher. Lions Lions Roar Roar February February 26, 26, 2014.

2014. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher 1) Watchadditional insight) the teacher should be part of an authentic lineage. Genuine teachers do not promote themselves; they promote their lineage. If a teacher brags about their qualities and realization and makes a show of their practice, that is probably an indication that something is not quite right. But if a teacher has studied and practiced under the guidance of other respected teachers, and honors their lineage by upholding its values and traditions, that is a good sign. Yongey Yongey Mingyur

Mingyur Rinpoche. Rinpoche. Treat Treat Everyone Everyone as as the the Buddha Buddha Lions Lions Roar Roar August August 9, 9, 2017. 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. )

Choosing a Buddhist Teacher 1) Watchadditional insight) The second quality to look for is commitment to study and practice. This one is pretty obvious. You would not take piano lessons from someone whos not a good player themselves, would you? Of course not. The same is true here. If you are trusting someone with your spiritual well-being, you should be sure that this person knows the path first-hand. In order to do this, they should have a clear commitment to their own practice and training. Yongey Yongey Mingyur Mingyur Rinpoche. Rinpoche. Treat Treat Everyone Everyone as as the

the Buddha Buddha Lions Lions Roar Roar August August 9, 9, 2017. 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher 1) Watchadditional insight) The third essential quality is compassion. As students, we need to feel confident that our teacher is on our sidethat they have our

best interests at heart and deeply care about us and our progress on the path. Yongey Yongey Mingyur Mingyur Rinpoche. Rinpoche. Treat Treat Everyone Everyone as as the the Buddha Buddha Lions Lions Roar Roar August August 9, 9, 2017. 2017.

Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher 1) Watchadditional insight) The fourth and final quality is the one that relates the most directly to ethics. A genuine teacher should uphold their vows and precepts. Yongey Yongey Mingyur Mingyur Rinpoche. Rinpoche. Treat Treat Everyone Everyone as as the

the Buddha Buddha Lions Lions Roar Roar August August 9, 9, 2017. 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher A Five-Step Process - Chikudo Lewis Richmond 2) Ask Ask questions, and dont be shy. See how the teacher responds. Dont be rude, but dont hold back either. Questions that feel dumb are

often the best questions. When I was with my root teacher, I wanted to look good to him and so I tended not to ask questions that exposed my ignorance. I regret that. A good teacher will not be offended or defensive about such questions. Chikudo Chikudo Lewis Lewis Richmond. Richmond. What What if?Guidelines if?Guidelines for for Choosing Choosing aa Buddhist Buddhist Teacher. Teacher. Lions Lions Roar Roar February

February 26, 26, 2014. 2014. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher A Five-Step Process - Chikudo Lewis Richmond 2) Ask (continued) Also, when asking questions, ask everyone. The teachers close students know him or her best. Find out what they know or are willing to share. Chikudo Chikudo Lewis

Lewis Richmond. Richmond. What What if?Guidelines if?Guidelines for for Choosing Choosing aa Buddhist Buddhist Teacher. Teacher. Lions Lions Roar Roar February February 26, 26, 2014. 2014. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. )

Choosing a Buddhist Teacher A Five-Step Process - Chikudo Lewis Richmond 3) Feel There is a principle in Buddhismin Zen we call it innenwhich can be translated as affinity or coincidence. It refers to the causes and conditions of human relationship that have brought you and the teacher together. For a teacherstudent relationship to work, there needs to be this sense of affinity. You should feel a positive regard for the teacher. If not, this teacher may not right for you. Chikudo Chikudo Lewis Lewis Richmond. Richmond. What What if?Guidelines if?Guidelines for

for Choosing Choosing aa Buddhist Buddhist Teacher. Teacher. Lions Lions Roar Roar February February 26, 26, 2014. 2014. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher A Five-Step Process - Chikudo Lewis Richmond 4) Try it on

A good teacher or community will offer some level of provisional commitmenta chance to accept the teacher more deeply without throwing yourself off a cliff. Depending on the tradition, this might involve a ceremony, a private interview, or acceptance into a retreat or more intensive level of practice. Chikudo Chikudo Lewis Lewis Richmond. Richmond. What What if?Guidelines if?Guidelines for for Choosing Choosing aa Buddhist Buddhist Teacher. Teacher. Lions Lions Roar

Roar February February 26, 26, 2014. 2014. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher A Five-Step Process - Chikudo Lewis Richmond 5) Commit The Buddhist path eventually requires commitment as well as trust. In your developing relationship with a teacher, there may come a time when both of you are ready for a commitment. If this time has come, dont hold back. Chikudo

Chikudo Lewis Lewis Richmond. Richmond. What What if?Guidelines if?Guidelines for for Choosing Choosing aa Buddhist Buddhist Teacher. Teacher. Lions Lions Roar Roar February February 26, 26, 2014. 2014. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. )

Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing a Buddhist Teacher A Five-Step Process - Chikudo Lewis Richmond 5) Commit (continued) Perhaps it will be good; perhaps it will turn out to be a mistake. In the end, you need to put one foot in front of the other, and see where the path leads you. All seekers of the Way have done this. Chikudo Chikudo Lewis Lewis Richmond. Richmond. What What if?Guidelines if?Guidelines for for Choosing

Choosing aa Buddhist Buddhist Teacher. Teacher. Lions Lions Roar Roar February February 26, 26, 2014. 2014. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. ) Choosing an Object of Meditation Examples of Objects of Serenity Meditation Ten kasinas

Four primary elements, four colors (blue, yellow, red, and white), light, and space Ten recollections Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, morality, generosity, mindfulness of breathing, etc. Four sublime states Loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. The Noble Eightfold Path ; way to the end of suffering, p. 95-96. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. )

Medicine Buddha (S. Bhaiajyaguru vairya-prabh-rja; C. ; T. Sangs-Rgye Avalokitevara Bodhisattva (C. [Guanshiyin Pusa]) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Tranquility (S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. ) Mindful Breathing Meditation Counting breaths

Count each exhalation 1, 2, 3, 10 After ten start over 1, 2, 3, 10 Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Six Main Steps Involved (continued) 4) Retire to a quiet place Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Six Main Steps Involved (continued)

4) Retire to a quiet place Shingon Buddhist Temple Meditation Hall set up for Moon Meditation (Japanese: ; Chinese: ) http://seattlekoyasan.com/services/moon-meditation/ Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. )

Six Main Steps Involved (continued) 5) Assume correct meditation posture Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. The Noble Eightfold Path ; way to the end of suffering, p. 95-98. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. ) Six Main Steps Involved (continued) 6) Focus mind on the meditation object Gee, I

think Thinking I Hearing Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. The Noble Eightfold Path ; way to the end of suffering, p. 95-98. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Tranquility (S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. ) Stages/States of Tranquility Meditation Four Dhyna (Pali: Jhna; C. ) states of deep mental unification which result from the centering of the mind upon a single object with such power of attention that a total immersion in the object takes place

Four Immaterial States (Pali: Arpvacarajhna) peaceful immaterial liberations transcending material form Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Tranquility (S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. ) Four Dhyna (Pali: Jhna; C. ) And what, monks, is Right Concentration? [First Dhyna (Pali: Jhna; C. ) meditative absorption] Here, a monk, detached from sense-desires, detached from unwholesome mental states, enters and remains in the first jhna, which is with thinking and pondering, born of detachment, filled with delight and joy.

From the Mahsatipahna Sutta Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Tranquility (S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. ) Four Dhyna (Pali: Jhna; C. ) [Second Dhyna (Pali: Jhna; C. ) meditative absorption] And with the subsiding of thinking and pondering, by gaining inner tranquility and oneness of mind, he enters and remains in the second jhna, which is without thinking and pondering, born of concentration, filled with delight and joy. From the Mahsatipahna Sutta Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Tranquility (S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. )

Four Dhyna (Pali: Jhna; C. ) [Third Dhyna (Pali: Jhna; C. ) meditative absorption] And with the fading away of delight, remaining imperturbable, mindful and clearly aware, he experiences in himself the joy of which the Noble Ones say: Happy is he who dwells with equanimity and mindfulness, he enters the third jhna. From the Mahsatipahna Sutta Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Tranquility (S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. ) Four Dhyna (Pali: Jhna; C. ) [Fourth Dhyna (Pali: Jhna; C. ) meditative absorption] And, having given up pleasure and pain, and with the disappearance of former gladness and sadness, he enters and

remains in the fourth jhna, which is beyond pleasure and pain, and purified by equanimity and mindfulness. This is called Right Concentration. From the Mahsatipahna Sutta Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Insight (S. Vipayan; P. Vipassan; C. ) Vipassana, or insight meditation, is the practice of continued close attention to sensation, though which one ultimately sees the true nature of existence. Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions Roar,

May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Insight (S. Vipayan; P. Vipassan; C. ) Heart Sutra (S. Prajpramithdaya Stra) Avalokitevara Bodhisattva, while contemplating deeply the prajpramit, realized the five aggregates are empty and was liberated from all suffering and hardship. the Heart Sutra starts out by explaining the name and practice of Avalokiteshvarahe who practices looking deeply into the ultimate nature of reality and so attains the insight that liberates him from all suffering. Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh. Opening the heart of the Cosmos: Insights on the Lotus Sutra, p. 122-123

Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Walking Meditation (P. Cankama) Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions Roar, May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Walking Meditation (P. Cankama) Slow Walking in the Theravada Tradition Choose a lane of about twenty steps, then walk slowly back and forth along it Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions

Roar, May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Walking Meditation (P. Cankama) Slow Walking in the Theravada Tradition A short periodsay ten minutes of formal walking meditation before sitting serves to focus the mind Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions Roar, May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Walking Meditation (P. Cankama)

Slow Walking in the Theravada Tradition Do not watch your feet Focus on the sensations themselves, and these are not visual Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions Roar, May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Walking Meditation (P. Cankama) Slow Walking in the Theravada Tradition Usually we divide walking into three distinct movements: Lifting, moving, and placing the foot

Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions Roar, May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Walking Meditation (P. Cankama) Slow Walking in the Theravada Tradition Separate the movements clearly, making a soft mental label at the beginning of each movement Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions Roar, May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Walking Meditation (P. Cankama)

Slow Walking in the Theravada Tradition When you are lifting, penetrate behind the conventional concept to understand the true nature of the whole process of lifting, beginning with the intention to lift and continuing through the actual process, which involves many sensations Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions Roar, May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Walking Meditation (P. Cankama) Slow Walking in the Theravada Tradition It is only in the presence of three factorseffort, accuracy, and

mindfulnessthat concentration develops Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions Roar, May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Walking Meditation (P. Cankama) Slow Walking in the Theravada Tradition Three insights 1st Meditators comprehend, not intellectually or by reasoning but quite intuitively, that a process such as lifting is composed of distinct mental and material phenomena occurring together, as a pair. The physical sensations, which are material, are linked with, but different from, the

awareness, which is mental. Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions Roar, May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Walking Meditation (P. Cankama) Slow Walking in the Theravada Tradition Three insights 2nd We see with the greatest freshness and immediacy that mind causes matter, as when our intention to lift the foot initiates the physical sensations of movement, and we see that matter causes mind, as when a physical sensation of strong heat generates a wish to move our walking meditation into a shady spotour life seems far more simple to us than ever before.

Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions Roar, May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Walking Meditation (P. Cankama) Slow Walking in the Theravada Tradition Three insights 3rd There is no one behind what is happening: the phenomena arise and pass away as an empty process, according to the law of cause and effect. Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita. How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation. Lions Roar, May 18, 2017. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. Tranquility

(S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. ) Insight (S. Vipayan; P. Vipassan; C. ) Wisdom (S. Praj; P. Pra; C. ) ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) The roles of Samatha & Vipassan: What the Buddha said "These two qualities have a share in clear knowing. Which two? Tranquility (samatha) & insight (vipassana).

"When tranquility is developed, what purpose does it serve? The mind is developed. And when the mind is developed, what purpose does it serve? Passion is abandoned. "When insight is developed, what purpose does it serve? Discernment is developed. And when discernment is developed, what purpose does it serve? Ignorance is abandoned. "Vijja-bhagiya Sutta: A Share in Clear Knowing" (AN 2.30), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (BCBS Edition), 4 August 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an02/an02.030.than.html . Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) amatha and Vipayan in Mahayana M H Zh Gun ( ) by Tian Tai Zhy ( ) Six Wondrous Dharma Gates ( ) Counting breaths (1-10) Following the breath

amatha (C. ) Stabilization Contemplation Turning (back to the mind) Vipayan (C. ) Purification Venerable Tiantai Zhiyi. The Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime, p. 23. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) amatha and Vipayan in Mahayana M H Zh Gun ( ) by Tian Tai Zhy ( )

Need for both amatha (C. ) and Vipayan (C. ) Seeing is like a lamp, stopping is like a room with no draft. Chi-i. Stopping & Seeing : a comprehensive course in Buddhist Meditation, translated by Thomas Cleary, p. 88. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) amatha and Vipayan in Mahayana In modern times? Only after completing preliminary practices, such as cultivating meditative concentration and stopping and seeing meditation, can you enter the gates of wisdom. The Chan School focuses more on the cultivation of meditative concentration than the cultivation

of wisdom. Venerable Hsin Ting. Meditation and Wisdom, p. 92 Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) amatha and Vipayan in Mahayana In modern times? Some believe that by training in huatou and confronting doubt that they are cultivating wisdom. This contemplation is not the same as contemplating dependent origination or emptiness. The power of ones meditative concentration can prevent deluded thoughts from arising. Because of this, people often confuse meditative concentration with wisdom, thinking that they have become sages, when they have only developed meditative concentration. Venerable Hsin Ting. Meditation and Wisdom, p. 92

Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) amatha and Vipayan in Mahayana Vipayan today in Mahayana http://www.dharmadrum.org/content/event_calendar/view.aspx?sn=421 Eightfold Path (S. Agamrga/rygamrga ; C. ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Ultimately, cultivating Right Concentration will reveal our Buddha nature to us and allow us to discover our true self. Venerable Master Hsing Yun. The Core Teachings:

Buddhist Practice and Progress 1, p. 116. May all beings be happy and free of suffering. May they achieve enlightenment in this lifetime. Eightfold Path (S. Agamrga/rygamrga ; C. ) Right mindfulness (S. Samyak-Smti; C. ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) One version of the Story of Little Roadside (uddhipanthaka/Capanthaka; / ) Disciple of the Buddha Called Little Roadside because his mother gave

birth to him beside the road (unintentionally) Had a significant memory problem Eightfold Path (S. Agamrga/rygamrga ; C. ) Right mindfulness (S. Samyak-Smti; C. ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) The Story of Little Roadside (uddhipanthaka/Capanthaka; / ) One day Little Roadsides older brother, also a monk, confronted him: You arent capable of being a monk! Go home and take care of our parents!

Little Roadside was devastated Eightfold Path (S. Agamrga/rygamrga ; C. ) Right mindfulness (S. Samyak-Smti; C. ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) The Story of Little Roadside (uddhipanthaka/Capanthaka; / ) Later, the Buddha came across Little Roadside, who was terribly distraught. The Buddha asked Little Roadside: What is wrong? Little Roadside told him what had happened

Eightfold Path (S. Agamrga/rygamrga ; C. ) Right mindfulness (S. Samyak-Smti; C. ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) The Story of Little Roadside (uddhipanthaka/Capanthaka; / ) The Buddha gave Little Roadside a seemingly simple task: Every day, when you are sweeping the compound, think of this phrase: Sweep Clean Little Roadside followed the Buddhas instructions Eightfold Path (S. Agamrga/rygamrga ; C. )

Right mindfulness (S. Samyak-Smti; C. ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) The Story of Little Roadside (uddhipanthaka/Capanthaka; / ) One overcast day, a ray of sunlight suddenly appeared, illuminating the dust in the air. Little Roadside realized: Ive been concerned about the dust on the floor. I should be concerned about the dust in my mind! Little Roadside awakened Eightfold Path (S. Agamrga/rygamrga ; C. )

Right mindfulness (S. Samyak-Smti; C. ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) The Story of Little Roadside (uddhipanthaka/Capanthaka; / ) In order to awaken Little Roadside had to: Let go of the delusion that he could not become enlightened (a barrier to mindfulness) Enter into meditative concentration, using the tool the Buddha provided him 5 Aggregates (S. Skandha ; C. ) These five aggregates are the building blocks that we typically use to

construct our sense of personal identity; they are the things that we cling to as being mine, I, and my self. (Bhikkhu Bodhi. In the Buddhas words, p. 22) Form or materiality (S. Rpa; C. ) Sensations/feeling (S. Vedan; C. ) Perception or discrimination (S. Saj; C. ) Mental formations/Volition/Volitional formations/Conditioning factors (S. Saskra; C. ) Consciousness (S. Vijna; C. ) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Tranquility/Serenity

(S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. ) The meditator focuses his or her mind on a certain item, such as a prayer, a chant, a candle flame, or a religious image, and excludes all other thoughts and perceptions from his or her consciousness. Bhante Gunaratana. Mindfulness in Plain English, p. 194. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Venerable Master Ara at Tendai Mission in Honolulu performing Goma ritual/meditation circa 1987. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Serenity/Tranquility (S. amathabhvan; P. Samatha; C. )

Choosing a Buddhist Teacher First Teaching Given by the Buddha After His Enlightenment Then the Blessed One uttered this inspired utterance: Koaa has indeed understood! Koaa has indeed understood! In this way the Venerable Koaa acquired the name A KoaaKoaa Who Has Understood. Dhammacakkappavattana Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta Sutta (Discourse (Discourse on on Turning

Turning the the Wheel Wheel of of the the Dharma; Dharma; S. S. Dharmacakrapravartana Dharmacakrapravartana Stra; Stra; C. C. )) Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Nama japa (Recitation of the name) Namo Avalokitevara Ya

Namo Guanshiyin Pusa Rupa japa (Meditation on the form) Mantra recitation Om mani padme hum Avalokitevara Bodhisattva (C. [Guanshiyin Pusa]; T. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Rupa japa - Meditation on the form Choose any Buddha image with classic iconography (select only one)

Examine it thoroughly Close your eyes and visualize it in your mind In the beginning you may start with a single feature, like the eyes Amitbha Buddha (C. , T. Ven. Hsin Ting. Meditation and Wisdom, p. 64-68. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Rupa japa - Meditation on the form Any Buddha image you choose is likely either a statue or a painting. But when visualizing the Buddha or bodhisattva in your mind, be sure to visualize its true form.

When you perfect your visualization, your image of the Buddha will teach the Dharma to you, shine light on you, and empower Amitbha Buddha you. (C. , T. Ven. Hsin Ting. Meditation and Wisdom, p. 64-68. Right concentration (S. Samyaksamdhi; C. ) Tranquility (S. amatha; P. Samatha; C. ) Stages/States of Tranquility Meditation Four Immaterial States (Pali: Arpvacarajhna) The base of boundless space (P. kscyatana) The base of boundless consciousness (P. Vijacyatana)

The base of nothingness (P. kiyatana) The base of neither-perception-nor-non-perception (P. Nevasansayatana) Bhante Bhante Henepola Henepola Gunaratana. Gunaratana. The The Jhanas Jhanas in in Theravada Theravada Buddhist Buddhist Meditation. Meditation. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/gunaratana/wheel351.html#ch4.2 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/gunaratana/wheel351.html#ch4.2

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