Mahasi & Primary Object

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Mahasi & Primary Object

Postby dhamma_newb » Mon May 07, 2012 6:06 am

Is it okay to use just sitting and touch points as the primary object in Mahasi style vipassana?

I am a chest breather and find that when I try to use the abdomen as the primary object I become agitated because I have to force myself to use abdominal breathing in order to feel any kind of motion there.

Should I learn how to abdominal breath?

Is it just the motion involved in breathing that is important to focus on? Could I focus on the motion of chest breathing as the primary object instead?

Do we have to focus on breathing in order to meditate?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Mahasi & Primary Object

Postby dhamma_newb » Mon May 07, 2012 2:19 pm

Thanks tilt and Mike.
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Re: Mahasi & Primary Object

Postby Goofaholix » Mon May 07, 2012 7:51 pm

Sensations happen in relation to the breath throughout the body. If you can't feel them in a certain spot it's not because nothing is happening there it's because the mind is not subtle enough to feel it.

It may be worth resting the attention at other places until the mind becomes subtle enough to feel it at the abdomen. Western teavhers will usually be happy for you to try different ways of doinfg it, whereas Burmese teavhers will likely insist you use the abdomen.

When things are more difficult that's where there is more opportunity to learn but sometimes you need to start with the easy and establish concentration first.

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Re: Mahasi & Primary Object

Postby dhamma_newb » Mon May 07, 2012 8:20 pm

Thanks Goof!
The watched mind brings happiness.
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I am larger and better than I thought. I did not know I held so much goodness.
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Postby dhamma_newb » Sun May 13, 2012 4:14 pm

The watched mind brings happiness.
Dhp 36

I am larger and better than I thought. I did not know I held so much goodness.
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