Dhamma Letter No. 74
Vipassana : the relationship between mind and object 1
'Momentary' refers to the temporal meaning of the moment when the mind takes on an object, stays on the object, and leaves the object. A moment can be one second, shorter, or longer: Transliteration of the Sanskrit word 'ksana', which refers to an extremely short amount of time. (Reference : Dhamma letter No. 47)
Vipassana meditation sees instantaneous creation and disappearing momentarily (a phenomenon that is constantly changing), knowing that it is suffering because it changes and disappears rather than perpetually. And will realize a non-self with nothing to insist on being 'I', because it is just a changing phenomenon.
Many meditators are accustomed to concentrating on one object, but not accustomed to vipassana meditation, in which they let go of the object and view and switch to the 'ultimate reality' as an objective phenomenon.
It is a rudimentary step to intensively observe only one object or a few objects, and furthermore, the practice to develop wisdom is a highly advanced level that allows observation and insight into all objects that exist in an instant, instantaneous. It is a training that requires ‘momentary concentration: kanika samadhi’.
Many meditators try to get rid of thoughts. Because it is believed that thoughts cause defilements. This is an erroneous view and also goes against the Eightfold Path of Buddhism. Right views and right thinking are important factors along this path, but their importance is overlooked. (Dhamma Letter No. 70)
Or many show an obsession or dislike for the object. There is nothing wrong with the object at all.
This is because the view based on one's own stereotypes about the object is wrong. (Right view, 正見 : Dhamma letter no.60 )
To be continued…
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Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich
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