effort wrote:factors of steady mindfulness? 8 fold path? ok, but how do you try or try not to do in your daily life and sitting to prevent mind become agitated?
effort wrote:which conditions give you steady mindfulness in sitting?
ok, but how do you try or try not to do in your daily life and sitting to prevent mind become agitated?
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Effort,effort wrote:factors of steady mindfulness? 8 fold path? ok, but how do you try or try not to do in your daily life and sitting to prevent mind become agitated?
Generally speaking, I find that adherence to the five precepts and the cultivation of wholesome deeds help to remove the five hindrances.
Such has been my experience, but here is a selection of text extracts on the hindrances and their conquest.
The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest (Selected Texts from the Pali Canon and the Commentaries)
Compiled and translated by Nyanaponika Thera
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effort wrote:which conditions give you steady mindfulness in sitting?
does it happen even when they are present your mind start to wandering and become hard to control?
factors of steady mindfulness? 8 fold path? ok, but how do you try or try not to do in your daily life and sitting to prevent mind become agitated?
During meditation, or simply whilst sitting quietly, one can close one’s eyes to block out outer distractions. Instead of attaching to or rejecting thoughts and emotions, one can learn to simply observe them as objects in space. Again, Ajahn Sumedho:
“We can see that mentally there are thoughts, emotions – the mental conditions – that arise and cease. Usually we are dazzled, repelled or just bound by the thoughts and emotions; we go from one thing to another – trying to get rid of them or reacting, controlling and manipulating them. So we never have any perspective in our lives, we just become obsessed with repression and indulgence; we are caught in those two extremes.”
(Ajahn Sumedho, in the talk ‘Noticing Space’.)
Ajahn Sumedho has also taught that this mental spaciousness can be cultivated deliberately using a simple thought like “I am”. Before thinking “I am” we can notice the space in the mind, empty for something to occur in. Then the word “I” appears, followed by another gap. This space precedes the word “am”, which itself ends in more space. With this practice, we can see that the thought “I am” is an object in spacious awareness, being born, existing, and then dying back into space. Even emotions that can accompany a thought like “I am” exist in the same space that exists before, during, and after they have arisen. In this way, we can develop a calm dispassion towards our thoughts, seeing them as ephemeral objects in space, coming and going. Over time, they will lose their power to entice us into identifying with them and creating suffering around them as a result.
Seeing thoughts and emotions as things in awareness, rather than as my thoughts and my emotions gives us what Ajahn Sumedho refers to above as perspective.
The commentators derive the Pali word jhana from a root meaning “to contemplate” and again from another root meaning “to burn up”. Thus the jhanas are so called because they closely contemplate the object and because they burn up the adverse states opposed to concentration.[ i] These adverse states are the five hindrances (nivarana), of sensual desire, ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and worry, and doubt. The jhanas are attained by the method of meditation called the development of calm or serenity (samathabhavana). This type of meditation involves the strengthening of the faculty of concentration (Samadhi). By fixing the mind upon a single selected object, all mental distraction is eliminated. The hindrances are suppressed and the mind becomes fully absorbed in its object. The development of calm will be dealt with in detail later. (see IX s2-21)
The object of jhana-consciousness is a mental image called the counterpart sign (patibhaganimitta). This sign is considered a conceptual object (pannatti), but generally arises on the basis of a visible form, and hence these jhanas pertain to the fine-material sphere. The meditator aspiring to jhana may...
First Jhana wholesome consciousness: Each jhana is defined by way of a selection of mental concomitants called its jhana factors (jhananga). From among the many mental factors contained in each jhana consciousness, it is these that distinguish the specific jhana from the other jhanas and bring about the process of absorption. The first jhana contains five factors, as enumerated in the text. To attain the first jhana, these five factors must all be present in a balanced way, closely contemplating the object and “burning up” the five hindrances that obstruct absorption.
Initial application (vitakka): In the Suttas, the word vitakka is often used in the loose sense of thought, but in the Abhidhamma it is used in a precise technical sense to mean the mental factor that mounts or directs the mind onto the object.[ii] Just as a king’s favourite might conduct a villager to the palace, even so vitakka directs the mind onto the object. In the practice of attaining jhana, vitakka has the special task of inhibiting the hindrance of sloth and torpor (thinamiddha).
Sustained application (vicara): The word vicara usually means examination. But here it signifies the sustained application f the mind on the object. Whereas vitakka is the directing of the mind and its concomitants towards the object, vicara is the continued exercise of the mind on the object. The Commentaris offer various similies to highlight the difference between these two jhana factors. Vitakka is like a bird’s spreading out its wings to fly, vicara is like the bird’s gliding through the air with outstretched wings. Vitakka is like a bee’s diving towards a flower, vicara is like the bee’s buzzing above the flower. Vitakka is like the hand that holds a tarnished metal dish, vicara is like the hand that wipes the dish[iii] . Vicara in the jhanas serves to temporarily inhibit the hindrance of doubt (vicikiccha).
Zest (piti): Piti, derived from the verb pinayati meaning “to refresh”, may be explained as delight or pleasurable interest in the object. The term is often translated as rapture, a rendering which fits its role as a jhana factor but may not be wide enough to cover all its nuances[iv] . The commentators distinguished five grades of piti that arise when developing concentration: minor zest, momentary zest, showering zest, uplifting zest, and pervading zest. Minor zest is able to raise the hairs on the body. Momentary zest is like flashes of lightening. Showering zest beaks over the body again and again like waves on the sea shore. Uplifting zest can cause the body to levitate. And pervading zest pervades the whole body as an inundation fills a cavern. The latter is identified as the piti present in jhana[v]. As a factor of jhana, piti inhibits the hindrance of ill will (vyapada).
Happiness (sukkha): This jhana factor is a pleasant mental feeling. It is identical with somanassa, joy, and not with the sukkha of pleasant bodily feeling that accompanies wholesome-resultant body-consciousness. This sukha, also rendered as bliss, is born of detachment from sensual pleasures; it is therefore explained as niramisasukha, unworldly or spiritual happiness. It counters the hindrance of restlessness and worry (uddhaccajukucca).
Though piti and sukha are closely connected, they are distinguished in that piti is conative factor belonging to the aggregate of mental formations (sankharakkhandha). Piti is compared to the delight a weary traveller would experience when coming across an oasis, sukkha to his pleasure after bathing and drinking[vi].
One-pointedness (ekaggata): the Pali term means literally a one (eka) pointed (agga) state (ta). This mental factor is the primary component of all five jhanas and the essence of concentration (Samadhi). One-pointendness temporarily inhibits sensual desire, a necessary condition for any meditative attainment. Ekagatta exercises the function of closely contemplating the object, the salient characteristic of jhana, but it cannot perform this function alone. It requires the joint action of the other four jhana factors each performing its own special function: vitakka applying the associated states on the object, vicara sustaining them there, piti bringing delight in the object, and sukha experiencing happiness in the jhana.
--p. 58: compendium of consciousness in A comprehensive manual of the Abhidhamma.
i Aramman’upanijjhanato paccanikajjhapanato jhanam Vism. IV, 119
ii So hi arammane cittam aropeti Asl. 114
iii Vism IV, 89-90
iv In The Path of Purification, his translation of the Visuddhimagga, Bhikkhu Nanamoli has translated it as happiness. The rendering is often used for sukha, the next factor, and thus may lead to a confusion of the two.
v Vism IV, 94-100
vi For a detailed elaboration of this simile, see Asl. 117-18; Expos., pp. 155-56
-- Compendium of Consciousness in Bhikkhu Bodhi's A comprehensive manual of the Abhidhamma
effort wrote:Freawaru, i always have problem with the empty mind , mind is not empty that some thoughts appears and disappears, thoughts appears and disappears but there is always something present, i dont the name but maybe i can say it is perception aggregate or consciousness aggregate that cause knowing we are alive.
Before thinking “I am” we can notice the space in the mind, empty for something to occur in. Then the word “I” appears, followed by another gap. This space precedes the word “am”, which itself ends in more space.