Snufkin wrote:I definitely had trouble with wanting to get up after a short amount of time, but I've started to let these thoughts go. My main aim is just to increase the length of time I'm sitting for really, so I can have a better quality of meditation. I'm starting to sit for about 25 minutes now.
I've started to encounter something else that may or not be an issue. After I follow my breath for awhile, and thoughts begin to settle down and my concentration becomes deeper. Nothing else happens, I just follow my breath, discarding the odd thought that pops up until I end my sitting. No insights arise, no emotions, nothing, just a calm concentration.
Am I doing something wrong? In my mind it feels more like my idea of what Samatha meditation is, as opposed to Vipassana.
Thanks for the kind replies.
You have only been practicing for a week & are only sitting for 25 minutes... meditation conducive of Right Concentration and any sort of true Insight will take a lot of dedication & time, it's a life long practice. Calm or concentration is not really an accurate translation of the word Samadhi. Calm (relaxation, still thinking), per say, is not really what is meant by Samadhi... Samadhi is profound and beautiful. If your breathing does not feel profound, beautiful and blissful then just keep watching the breath. The next step would be to see if you maintain your practice and keep that calm concentration for an hour.
I would also suggest you read a few books that are a little more beyond the basic concepts of meditation presented in MIPE, that will familiarize you with what Buddhist Meditation really is and entails...
Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond – A Meditators Handbook by Ajahn Brahm.http://www.holybooks.com/wp-content/upl ... ndbook.pdf
Meditation – A Way of Awakening by Ajahn Sucittohttp://www.holybooks.com/wp-content/upl ... ucitto.pdf
Wings to Awakening An Anthology from the Pali Canon by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Part III, Section E: RIght Concentrationhttp://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... index.html
Vipassana and Samatha as separate meditation systems were not taught, as such, by the Buddha... This separation into two distinct forms of meditation came about later in commentarial works. Insight and Tranquility are things that happen as a result of meditation, not types of meditation. A good simple explanation of this can be found here:
The Path of Concentration & Mindfulness by Thanissaro Bhikkhuhttp://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... cmind.html
“The unawakened mind tends to make war against the way things are. To follow a path with heart, we must understand the whole process of making war within ourselves and without, how it begins and how it ends."