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Dhamma Letter No. 148
Satipatthana 65: Cittānupassanā (Observation of mind) 마음관찰 19 Attitude and practice time when practicing vipassana (insight)
Attitude and practice time when practicing vipassana (insight)
Everything about the body and mind that occurs in people's daily movements (行住坐臥), such as walking, staying, sitting, and lying down, is an object to be aware of. In particular, since the mind functions without resting even for a moment, there is no fixed time for mind observation practice. From the time you wake up to the time you fall asleep, you practice every moment, wherever you are without forgetting, that is, 24 hours a day is the time for meditation.
Shwe Oo Min Meditation Center in Myanmar formally sets out the timetable as in other places of practice, but it is more autonomous than other places of practice because it considers the observation of the mind in every moment in daily life important. Depending on the individual, some strictly adhere to the timetable, while others practice with a more relaxed mind regardless of the timetable. This is because daily life itself is a time for meditation. Therefore, it is emphasized that the ‘right mindset (right view)’ to practice is more important than anything else.
They say that it is important to keep mindfulness connected, but they do not force mindfulness to be connected. It means that you are making the right effort to keep awareness going, but you do not have a strong intention that it must be so.
You shouldn't practice with the mind of how it should be done. The attitude of mind to the object are:
do not focus,
do not resist,
do not force it to look,
It should not be suppressed.
do not make arise,
do not make it disappear,
as it arises if it arises
as it disappears if it disappears
Do not forget to be aware.
you have to be aware of the present moment,
do not go back to the past
you shouldn't even think about the future.
The right mindset is to know that the object is not important, and that the mind that is working behind the scenes, that is, the mind that observes, is more important. This is because objects always appear and disappear and exist in the present moment. It should be recognized that this is supported by the Buddhist principle of 'impermanence, suffering, and no self' that places attachment to the object.
To be continued…
May you cultivate your Sati continuously (Samma-Viriya)!
May you achieve the Samma-Diṭṭhi (Right View) through Satipatthāna (vipassana meditation)!
May all practice well and reach to Magga (道, the path of enlightenment) and Phala (果, the fruit of enlightenment)!
Edited by Euna Bonovich
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Buddha Sāsanaṁ Ciraṁ Tiṭṭhatu!
May the Buddha’s teachings last a long time!
Bhavatu Sabba Sotiṁ ca Maṅgalaṁ ca!!
May everyone be led on the path of peace and blessing!!
Sādhu Sādhu Sādhu!