smokey wrote:I have been reading on how to contemplate: Five Hindrances, Six Sense Bases, Five Aggregates and Factors of enlightenment in that book. But it is not said in the book how to contemlate certain aspects of the teaching (Dhamma)?
So my question would be how does one contemplate Nibbana and how does one contemplate certain aspects of teaching (Dhamma)?
Well, I would discourage you from contemplating Nibbana as an object in itself. Just set that goal aside.
As for contemplating certain aspects of the teaching, in the sense of contemplating the teachings, I think you would have to have read widely first, then watch what is going on in your mind. When a mental object comes up you look at it and take it as a starting point into the teachings your recall. If it is one sensuality you would recall any teachings of sensuality and their drawbacks, and how those draw backs fit into the over all scheme of suffering. Here you would recall as much Dhamma as you can, and see what that Dhamma says about that mental object, and try and understand WHY it says it.
That is my only suggestion.
Back to Nibbana:
From: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... eleft.html
83. Another comparison
"The paths, fruitions, and nibbana are personal: You can truly see them only for yourself. Those who practice to that level will see them for themselves, will be clear about them for themselves, will totally end all their doubts about the Buddha's teaching. If you haven't reached that level, all you can do is keep on guessing. No matter how profoundly someone else may explain them to you, your knowledge about them will be guesswork. Whatever is guesswork will have to be uncertain.
"It's like the turtle and the fish. The turtle lives in two worlds: the world on land and the world in the water. As for the fish, it lives only in one world, the water. If it were to get on land, it would die.
"One day, when a turtle came down into the water, it told a group of fish about how much fun it was to be on land: The lights and colors were pretty, and there were none of the difficulties that came from being in the water.
"The fish were intrigued, and wanted to see what it was like on land, so they asked the turtle, 'Is it very deep on land?'
"The turtle answered, 'What would be deep about it? It's land.'
"The fish: 'Are there lots of waves on land?'
"The turtle: 'What would be wavy about it? It's land.'
"The fish: 'Is it murky with mud?'
"The turtle: 'What would be murky about it? It's land.'
"Notice the questions asked by the fish. They simply take their experience of water to ask the turtle, and the turtle can do nothing but say no.
"The mind of a run-of-the-mill person guessing about the paths, fruitions, and nibbana is no different from the fish."