Ever mindful he breathes in, mindful he breathes out. Breathing in a long breath, he knows, "I am breathing in a long breath"; breathing out a long breath, he knows, "I am breathing out a long breath"; breathing in a short breath, he knows, "I am breathing in a short breath"; breathing out a short breath, he knows, "I am breathing out a short breath."
Billymac29 wrote:Just wondering if any one knows if the noting technique used in the Mahasi tradition was invented by the Mahasi Sayadaw or was it something passed down through lineage?
2500 years ago the Buddha did not say to his monks: “Whenever you see a form, hear a sound, etc. just ‘take a note‘”. And so he did not say “please label the sense impressions”.
But he used the proper pali word for the same activity based on the prevalent oral culture and so he asked people to use “sati” or “remembering” to “take a (mental) note” to “mentally witness” of what just occured.
Therefore, we could very well render samma sati in the noble eightfold path as “right noting” or “right witnessing” or “right attention”.
This a large, rather unweildy book, but it is also interesting and gives a good look at Mahasi Sayadaw practice and it is worth the time to read it.Dmytro wrote: You can find some history in the book "Strong Roots",http://www.dharma.org/bcbs/Pages/documents/StrongRoots.pdf
The book mentioned above, Strong Roots, is free: http://www.bcbsdharma.org/insight-journal/books/Bostonjoe wrote:Great thinking man, I also prefer his book must be on sale so that we can get detail about important stuff easily and within low cost.
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