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Observing bodily sensations

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Observing bodily sensations

Postby alfa » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:49 pm

Namaste,

I understand that observing bodily sensations is central to vip. meditation. What exactly are we to do? Do we just sit down and observe, what if no sensation comes about and instead our minds start chatting because there's nothing to observe?

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Re: Observing bodily sensations

Postby Jhana4 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:25 pm

You are always going to have some sensation in your body, for example, the feeling of your behind touching the cushion or chair. The main idea is to notice that the sensations go away or change. The "insight" part of it connects to the "triple gem":

1. Annicca ( impermanence )
2. Anatta ( nobody and no thing has an "essence" or a "self" )
3. Dukha ( unsatisfactory feelings ranging from unsatisfactory -> suffering )

Buddhists believe that these are 3 root truths of life and that if a person learns to see these 3 things all over life, for him, herself that s/he will be "liberated" from "dukha" ( suffering ).

The idea behind vipassana bhavanna ( insight meditation ) is to train you to see things in these terms.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Observing bodily sensations

Postby Ben » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:53 pm

Namaste alfa

Sensation is always present irregardless if we can perceive them or not.
If you have the time, I suggest you attend a ten-day course. The course is structured as a gradual training and it will help you to learn a valuable practice as well as develop some depth of experience. What you do during a ten-day course is practice sila (morality) develop samadhi (samatha-version of anapana-sati) and then move on to observing sensation (vedananupassana). On the last day you then learn Metta-Bhavana (Loving kindness).
kind regards

Ben
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Re: Observing bodily sensations

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Re: Observing bodily sensations

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Re: Observing bodily sensations

Postby Ben » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:16 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Observing bodily sensations

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Re: Observing bodily sensations

Postby Ben » Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:06 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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