nameless wrote:I don't believe I've heard about Theravada meditation involving beads. From what I've heard it's a Mahayana thing, they chant something then move a bead, so they know when they reach the tassel again they've done 108 chants.
They're still used in Myanmar by devout Theravadins. This I witnessed myself.
Yep. Ajahn Sumedho often speaks of using the mantra Buddho with mala beads.
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah