Collective wrote:I ask because I was thinking about observing the breath, and if/when any phenomena arise (physical or mental), I could observe that. When it passes, as all things pass, I then go back to oberving the breath.
Goofaholix wrote:The way you've described is how breath meditation generally taught, unless there is a specific objective to cultivate samatha.
However when you observe the mind there is a lot more than just thoughts, there is never nothing, if you are just noticing thoughts then probably you aren't ready to make the mind your primary object.
rowyourboat wrote:I think using the breath as an anchor is good, if samadhi is not that well developed. However if a person can stay with the breath with only a few disturbances within an hour (ie-the five hindrances well controlled) then it maybe even better to drop the anchor and simply note arising phenomena. This is because the sense of an 'anchor' may be seen as a permanent fixture and get in the way unconsciously of seeing everything is impermanent through and through. Better to be lost in the fleeting nature of phenomena to get its full impact -because our delusions of permanency are buried deeply in the mind aren't easily shifted.
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