Thursday, October 21, 2010

Methods of getting rid of distracting thoughts during meditation

I this sutta Buddha discusses about 5 methods of getting rid of distracting thoughts during meditation when evil unskillful thoughts connected with desire, hate, and delusion arise in a person who is intent on the higher consciousness (Jhanas).

1. Replace: he should reflect on a different object which is connected with skill.
2. Reflect: he should ponder on the disadvantages of unskillful thought.
3. Reject:he should in regard to them, endeavor to be without attention and reflection.
4. Removal: he should reflect on the removal of the (thought) source of those unskillful thoughts.
5. Restrain:he should restrain, subdue and beat down the (evil) mind by the (good) mind, with clenched teeth and the tongue pressing on the palate.

There are five beautiful similes for each method and one example is given in the post below.
If you want to read all the similes please read the full sutta and the link is given below:
Vitakkasanthana Sutta: The Removal of Distracting Thoughts
translated from the Pali by
Soma Thera

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