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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:58 pm

Sati is recollection, sampajañña is self-awareness. This awareness is the actual Buddho, the Buddha. When there is sati-sampajañña, understanding will follow. We know what is going on. When the eye sees forms: is this proper or improper? When the ear hears sound: is this appropriate or inappropriate? Is it harmful? Is it wrong, is it right? And so on like this with everything. If we understand we hear the Dhamma all the time.

Therefore it is said we must have sati. If we have satiwe will see the state of our own mind. Whatever we are thinking or feeling we must know it. This knowing is called Buddho, the Buddha, the one who knows... who knows thoroughly, who knows clearly and completely. When the mind knows completely we find the right practice.


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:13 pm

Mindfulness is a very valuable tool that should be earnestly developed.  One way to do this is to mentally recite Buddho. Buddho, Buddho at all times.  Whatever we do, just think of Buddho.  Concentrate on it.  Do not let the monkey or our mind run away. Tie it to a tree. That tree is Buddho.  If we could restrain our mind, it would eventually calm down and realize samadhi or concentration, not wandering here and there but stay put, here and now, like this glass of water that was placed here.  It is still here and not going anywhere.  Similarly, if we use mindfulness to control our mind, we would be able to concentrate and remain still.  Once that happens, we can accomplish many things.


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:14 pm

It’s therefore imperative to meditate on a regular basis, at least once or twice a day.  After we get up in the morning, wash our face and brush our teeth, we could start with some chanting.  It’s a form of meditation.  If we could do it for half an hour or an hour, it would help calm the mind down.  The mind would stay put, not wandering around.  If we don’t like chanting, we could meditate by mentally recite Buddho, Buddho, Buddho.  Do it as long as we possibly can, half an hour, an hour, or two hours.  This is the way of training the mind to keep still with the aid of mindfulness. If we meditate without mindfulness, the mind will drift away.


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:15 pm

We can meditate all the time no matter where we are or what we do.  We can do it while driving.  Just don’t close your eyes.  While driving, we can recite Buddho, Buddho, Buddho in our mind while concentrating on driving.  This is also a form of meditation.  While eating, concentrate on eating; reading, concentrate on reading; working, concentrate on working.  We don’t have to wait until we can go to the temple, to a quiet place, or to sit in front of a Buddha image, in order to meditate.  That will be too late.  Why?  It’s because the kilesa are always active and ever present.    Greed and hatred can pop up anywhere, anytime.  They don’t wait until they get on the stage to reveal themselves.  They don’t operate that way.  Whenever we see something greed or hatred can pop up right away. To fight them, we must use Dhamma.  To stop them, we must use mindfulness and samadhi.


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:16 pm

Fighting the kilesa is a 24/7 job, from the time we get up in the morning until the time we fall asleep.  We must always be on guard, be mindful all the time of our thoughts.  Is it about greed or anger?  If it is, we must use mindfulness to stop them.  We must remind ourselves that they are not good.  They are like fire.  When we hate, become greedy or lustful, we are setting our mind on fire.   When we are not greedy or hateful, we would feel cool and at ease.  Greed and anger can only be stopped by mindfulness.  We must therefore strive to develop mindfulness and meditate all the time.  When we have free time, instead of looking at comic books or fashion magazines, we should mentally recite Buddho, Buddho, Buddho.  Our mind will be cool, happy and relaxed.  It will focus on doing good like meditating and developing samadhi or mental stability that will assist in our quest for the noble goal of spiritual purity. 


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:32 pm

Now it is time for sitting meditation. Sit in the cross-legged posture; place the right leg on top of the left leg and the right hand on top of the left hand. Close your eyes and inwardly recite the mantra 'Buddho' in conjunction with the breath. Concentrate the mind on Buddho. Sitting meditation is an important way of paying homage to the Buddha.The Buddha called all our former experiences, irrespective of their quality, (presently existing) thoughts of the past. Now, in this moment, do not allow such thoughts to preoccupy the mind. Let them all go. Concentrate the mind on the inner recitation of the mantra and bring the mind to peace in the present, in the immediate reality. It is the present moment that is important. Future matters, good and bad, all still lie ahead, for by definition the future refers to things that have not yet taken place. The meditator must compose his mind on the present moment.


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:33 pm

What is it that knows the true mind and what is it that knows the conditioned mind? It is just this one single knowing, the same thing that hears the sound of the discourse and meditates on 'Buddho'. As there is just this single knowing, muster your energies and vow to yourself   "I will not indulge the thinking mind I will gather the mind into itself." Not allowing the mind to wander means that it stays with Buddho. All you have to do then is to maintain Buddho. 


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:34 pm

'Buddho' refers to the Lord Buddha and the one who inwardly recites 'Buddho' is just this mind. It is just this mind that recites Buddho. knows Buddho. knows the breath and is aware while doing so that one is crea­ting virtue. This mind has always been here. The know­ing has been born into the world countless times. but because ignorance and craving have overwhelmed it. our dana sila and bhavana have been insufficient to free us from the mass of suffering with which the human organism is fraught. So we must muster our energy with firm resolve. taking meditative calm as our founda­tion. The principles that will lead us out of this world and the mass of suffering are those of samatha (calm) and vipassana (insight) meditation. The mind must be firmly one-pointed. tranquil: cool and at ease with sa­matha before vipassana is feasible.


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby jcsuperstar » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:37 pm

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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:38 pm

Whatever the posture of the body let the knowing know itself at all times.If an evil thought arises abandon it. If goodness occurs develop it and here, the goodness we resolve to develop is exemplified by the mantra' Buddho'. We develop it or concentrate on it internally so as to make the mind cool and happy. We prevent agitation and distress with the elements and aggregates, with the bodies and minds of other people. We don't allow them inside. When the mind is thus cool and at ease, it is said that 'Buddho' is dwelling in the heart. In other words the knowing lies within.
 

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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:40 pm

Sitting there is meditation in the sitting posture, standing there is meditation in the standing posture, walking there is meditation while walking and lying down there is meditation until one falls asleep. As soon as we wake we continue the inner recitation of 'Buddho', making 'Buddho' our constant concern. Whatever the mind goes we don't follow it. We give up all the going and settle for dwelling. The knowing lies right here within us; everything else is merely a passing affair The truth lies with the knowing. Recite 'Buddho' right here. Compose the knowing. When we have established the knowing in this way then in whatever posture we are in there is constant meditation.


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:44 pm

We have to stay right with the word buddho.Our effort is devoted to keeping buddhoin mind. Don't let it slip away to other things. Keep your efforts focused right there. Keep your mindfulness gathered right there. Don't let it forget and go elsewhere. When you keep trying to do this, the counterfeit things in the mind — the defilements that deceive us — won't be able to arise, for mindfulness is all there, so the defilements can't establish themselves, can't deceive us. This is because of the power of the mindfulness, concentration, and discernment that our mind has gathered together to chase away the enemies of our stillness, the enemies of our happiness and wellbeing. We used to see these enemies as our friends and benefactors. But once we've studied the Buddha's teachings, we realize that they're nothing but defilements.


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:45 pm

When you want to center the mind on buddho,you only have to be aware of buddho.Don't let your awareness slip away. Have the mind hold onto buddho as its refuge at all times. That's your task, the task you have to do.


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby cooran » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:48 pm

Hello bodom,

Not sure if I've missed it somewhere - but could you give the source or a link to all these quotes please?

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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:54 pm

cooran wrote:Hello bodom,

Not sure if I've missed it somewhere - but could you give the source or a link to all these quotes please?

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Hi Chris.

They are all from this site:
http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/

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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:15 pm

Once a group of reporters from a magazine came to visit Ajahn Jotiko,armed with cameras and tape recorders. After paying respects, they asked forhis personal history. Now it so happens that the Thai word prawatcan means police record, so Ajaan Fuang responded that he didn't have one, as he had never done anything wrong. But the reporters were not discouraged. If he didn't want to give his life story, they said, could he please at least teach them some Dhamma. This is a request no monk can refuse, so the Ajaan told them to close their eyes and meditate on the word buddho— awake. They turned on their tape recorders and then sat in meditation, waiting for a Dhamma talk, and this was what they heard:"That's today's Dhamma: two words — bud-and dho.Now if you can't keep these two words in mind, it would be a waste of time to teach you anything else."End of sermon. When they realized that that was all, the reporters looking very exasperated gathered their cameras and left, never to bother him again.
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
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Re: Buddho

Postby cooran » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:22 pm

Thanks b :smile:
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:23 pm

"When you're thinking buddhoyou don't have to wonder about whether or not you'll do well in your meditation. If you put your mind to it, you're sure to do well. The things that come to disturb you are simply the forces of temptation, come to put on a play. Whatever the play, all you have to do is watch — you don't have to get on stage with them."


"Once the mind stays with the breath, you don't have to repeat buddhoin the mind. It's like calling your water buffalo. Once it comes, why keep calling its name?"


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:52 pm

One should try thinking "Buddho" or any other word as long as it isn't a source disturbance or aversion. One just continues to think this word and then tries to notice where the word is clearest and that will be the "base" of the citta. One should notice that this base does not remain stationary at all times, one day being one place and another day somewhere else. The base of the citta, becoming clear with "Buddho", will never be external but always internal within the body. When we investigate this, however, we will not be able to pin point the exact place within the body, making it hard to say whether it is external or internal. When this happens, this means one has arrived at the correct base of the citta.


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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
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:53 pm

In the mental recitation method for one-pointedness of the citta notice "who" is reciting "Buddho". One should look at the citta when it is calm. Let mindfulness watch the base and when any sense object arises let the object go and continue watching the citta. One should not worry or force but just try to keep and attend to the citta at its base having mindfulness (Sati) there to quietly be aware of things. One should not speculate about the citta as to what is happening or what arises, just be aware. Letting this go on continuously, one will begin to understand the ways actions of the citta. Does the citta create the defilements (Kilesa) or do the defilements create citta? Understand the objects of thought and notice the three types, which are greed (Raga), hate (Dosa) and delusion (Moha).


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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
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