I'm new to this forum, not new to Theravada in any way. I have lurked here for some time and figured I would finally make an account. Looking forward to getting to know you all better!
I have a question regarding the Buddho meditation taught by Ajahn Thate here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/thate/buddho.html.
Is Ajahn Thate teaching a form of mantra-like meditation? I'm trying to figure out specifically how he taught it. Is it mental repetition of "Buddho" in your head, holding your concentration at the chest? When I read it, I took it as mantra meditation as opposed to the anapanasati form of Buddho Luang Por Chah taught. In other words, this is purely repetition and not following the breath.
The reason I say this is because of this paragraph:
To have the defilements gradually disappear with the method I've just explained is better than trying to arrange things, entering the four levels of absorption, abandoning directed thought, evaluation, rapture and pleasure, leaving just one-pointedness and equanimity; or trying to arrange the first stage of the path to nibbana by abandoning self-identity views, uncertainty, and attachment to precepts & practices; or by looking at your various defilements, telling yourself, "With that defilement, I was able to contemplate in such-and-such a way, so I've gone beyond that defilement. I have so-and-so many defilements left. If I can contemplate in such-and-such a way, my defilements will be finished" — but you don't realize that the state of mind that wants to see and know and attain these things is a defilement fixed firmly in the mind. When you finish your contemplation, the mind is back in its original state and hasn't gained anything at all. On top of that, if someone comes along and says something that goes against the way you see things, you start disagreeing violently, like a burning fire into which someone pours kerosene.
If anyone could provide some insight I would be extremely grateful. Thanks in advance.