Bare Attention...

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Bare Attention...

Postby Beautiful Breath » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:56 am


I have been practicing Silent Illumination as taught by Sheng Yen for sometime. I am seeing many parallels in some of the established practices in here.

I suspect that there is an actual and established practice that uses a form of unconditional bare awareness of 'just sitting' in the Theravadin tradition and that Silent Illumination/Shikantaza are not necessarily new developments (in the grand scheme of things).

What are the similarities in your opinion?

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Re: Bare Attention...

Postby Mojo » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:42 pm

I listened to some of Larry Rosenberg's talks on Anapanasati over at and they really reminded me of Sheng Yen's teaching of Silent Illumination. However, in Sheg Yen's teaching, awareness of the breath is imo only implied in that if one is aware of their whole body just sitting, then by default there is also awareness of breathing.

In fact, Larry Rosenberg is featured along with HHDL in giving praise to Sheng Yen's The Method of No-Method on the back cover of my paperback edition of that book.

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Re: Bare Attention...

Postby bodom » Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:04 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5

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