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How do you do Death Meditation? - Dhamma Wheel

How do you do Death Meditation?

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
Micheal Kush
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How do you do Death Meditation?

Postby Micheal Kush » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:10 pm

How exactly do you do death meditation?

I want to start this practice but there are no availabe sources as to precisely how to perform it.

Can you please inform me? Thanks

With metta, mike

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daverupa
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Re: How do you do Death Meditation?

Postby daverupa » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:28 pm

Do you mean a concerted practice apart from death as a daily reflection?

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Re: How do you do Death Meditation?

Postby Micheal Kush » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:48 pm

Yes. As in, actually meditating on death and its imminenece. I just need to know the precise details of its contemplative practice. And thanks for reminding me the daily reminder of it.

With metta,mike

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Re: How do you do Death Meditation?

Postby daverupa » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:56 pm


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Re: How do you do Death Meditation?

Postby Micheal Kush » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:47 pm

This is helpful thank you. Any more suggestions would be conducive.

With metta, mike

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Re: How do you do Death Meditation?

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:56 pm

Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta


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Re: How do you do Death Meditation?

Postby Micheal Kush » Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:28 pm

Lonesome, thanks for the immense benefit.

Actually, my stream of thinking correlated with the second approach of death like contemplation where one reflects the inevtiable imminence of death pervading each and all sentient beings. Also, it has occurred to me that Buddhaghosa has also give conditions and useful advice pertaining to the practice.

And of course, i plan to help myself accomodate to the reality of death and not lets its illusory evasiveness elude my grasp. I have a certian habitual tendency to think death will inflict me at old age but this is cowardly thinking and self assuring.

With metta, mike

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Re: How do you do Death Meditation?

Postby bodom » Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:44 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: How do you do Death Meditation?

Postby Micheal Kush » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:40 pm


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Re: How do you do Death Meditation?

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:24 am

Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta



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