These points may be illustrated with some meditation techniques that are currently popular in the West: In a "mental noting" practice, mindfulness is a matter of remembering to keep up the noting, alertness means seeing whatever phenomena arise to be noted, and ardency is a matter of sticking with the noting relentlessly and being ever more quick and precise in one's alertness. In terms of the factors constituting jhāna practice, the mindfulness and alertness here would be related to directed thought, ardency to singleness of preoccupation, while alertness aimed at evaluating the results of the noting — and ardency in keeping the "pressure" of the noting just right — would be related to evaluation. If this practice is then conducted in line with the texts, it should reach a stage where the mind settles down into the singleness of the first jhāna.
Of course, that is not an accurate characterization of the Mahasi method.retrofuturist wrote:Mechanical labelling weakens both awareness and
understanding of the mental processes. We don’t really need
labelling to explain anything to ourselves; we only need labels
to explain things to other people. When we use labelling, the
mind will get involved with all the meanings and associations
connected to that label. By using labelling we also target a
particular aspect of our experience and therefore cannot
see the whole picture.
tiltbillings wrote:Of course, that is not an accurate characterization of the Mahasi method.
mikenz66 wrote:U Tejaniya instructed him to watch and notice if he was using any "meditation technique", and stop doing it.
mikenz66 wrote:"Access to Insight" isn't Ven Thanissaro's website, it is John Bullitt's website:
Of course, it does have a lot of Ven Thanissaro's material, but also a lot of BPS and other material.
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