Thursday, September 29, 2011
If your car is broken you cannot fix it unless you know how it works. To know how it works you need to stop the car first, examine and then learn. Working with the mind is the similar to this. You cannot fix your mind (to get rid of greed, hatred and delusion) unless you know how it works. This knowledge or wisdom comes from insight meditation. Stopping the car can be compared breath meditation. This is how you still (concentration) your mind.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The unsung sense: How smell rules your life - life - 19 September 2011 - New Scientist
..."What's more, it is becoming clear that the brain's olfactory centres are intimately linked to its limbic system, which is involved in emotion, fear and memory. That suggests a link between smell and the way we think..."
"...Sense consciousness from eye, ear,nose, tongue, body end up in the mind as a mental object..."
"...There are also thoughts that can be retrieved from memory in mind consciousness back into the mind. Mind consciousness may leave imprints of your past memory as sort of "auto save copy" in memory of your computer. The past memory in turn can influence your feelings, perceptions and thoughts."
Sunday, September 18, 2011
*This is called abandoning taints by developing (bhāvanā pahātabbā) ( Sabbasava sutta).
Internal tranquility through breath meditation will prevent taints of sensuality from arising as there is no room for the senses to be engaged in other activities other than the perception, feeling and directed evaluation (applied and sustained thoughts) of breath. This happen specially after mindfulness of the breath becomes immersed in the body. The metaphor Buddha gave here was the six animals tied to a strong pole in Chappana sutta. In Jhana states too taints of sensuality are abandoned. However taints of becomingmay still exists.
The difference in insight meditation is that thoughts arrive in the mind from six senses but the mind does not give any value to them as seeing them as impermanent, suffering, and not-self. This will not allow thoughts to proliferate any further. Craving does not arise here. The thoughts die in the mind itself without mental proliferations (papañca) generating taints. This method of training finally abandons all taints.