Crushing the mind with awareness

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Crushing the mind with awareness

Postby Wizard in the Forest » Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:45 pm

If evil, unskillful thoughts — imbued with desire, aversion or delusion — still arise in the monk while he is attending to the relaxing of thought-fabrication with regard to those thoughts, then — with his teeth clenched and his tongue pressed against the roof of his mouth — he should beat down, constrain, and crush his mind with his awareness. As — with his teeth clenched and his tongue pressed against the roof of his mouth — he is beating down, constraining, and crushing his mind with his awareness, those evil, unskillful thoughts are abandoned and subside. With their abandoning, he steadies his mind right within, settles it, unifies it, and concentrates it. Just as a strong man, seizing a weaker man by the head or the throat or the shoulders, would beat him down, constrain, and crush him; in the same way, if evil, unskillful thoughts — imbued with desire, aversion or delusion — still arise in the monk while he is attending to the relaxing of thought-fabrication with regard to those thoughts, then — with his teeth clenched and his tongue pressed against the roof of his mouth — he should beat down, constrain, and crush his mind with his awareness. As — with his teeth clenched and his tongue pressed against the roof of his mouth — he is beating down, constraining, and crushing his mind with his awareness, those evil, unskillful thoughts are abandoned and subside. With their abandoning, he steadies his mind right within, settles it, unifies it, and concentrates it.

Vitakkasanthana Sutta




Is there a sutta (or a good understandable book by a venerable) that explains the procedure of crushing one's mind with awareness in more detail?
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Re: Crushing the mind with awareness

Postby ground » Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:37 pm

MA: He should crush the unwholesome state of mind with a wholesome state of mind (Note 243; MN B. Bodhi, B. Nanamoli)

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Re: Crushing the mind with awareness

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:42 pm

when you are about to kill someone, stopping yourself -by doing whatever it takes.
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