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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:14 am

The Buddha taught to meditate reciting ''Buddho'' as a way to apply the mind. When you consciously apply the mind to an object, it wakes up. The awareness wakes it up. Once this knowing has arisen through meditation, you can see the mind clearly. As long as the mind remains without the awareness of ''Buddho'', even if there is ordinary worldly mindfulness present, it is as if unawakened and without insight. It will not lead you to what is truly beneficial. Sati or mindfulness depends on the presence of ''Buddho'' - the knowing. It must be a clear knowing, which leads to the mind becoming brighter and more radiant. The illuminating effect that this clear knowing has on the mind is similar to the brightening of a light in a darkened room.


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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:17 am

When you have the awareness of ''Buddho'', the mind is wiser and has a more refined level of knowing than normal. This awareness allows you to see the conditions of the mind and to see the mind itself; you can see the state of mind in the midst of all phenomena. This being so, you are naturally able to employ skilful techniques for training the mind. Whether you are caught into doubt or any other of the defilements, you see it as a mental phenomenon that arises in the mind and must be investigated and dealt with in the mind.


That awareness which we call ''Buddho'' is like the parents of a child. The parents are the child's teachers in charge of its training, so it's quite natural that whenever they allow it to wander freely, simultaneously they must keep one eye on it, aware of what it's doing and where it's running or crawling to.


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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:16 am

bodom wrote:Here is a dhamma talk from Ajahn Sumedho entitled:

Buddho - Awakening Consciousness

http://www.dhammatalks.org.uk/index.php ... &Itemid=61

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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat
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Re: Buddho

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:03 am


Another way to walking meditation is to use a mantra like Buddho. This technique of practice is like the sitting meditation as mentioned earlier. The practitioner mentally repeats Buddho with the breath while walking. Be mindful on the breaths as you repeat the mantra, Buddho, all the time. This technique will help calm the mind. However, it is not suitable for beginners because the breath is a subtle meditation subject. Walking meditation combined with the breath with the word ‘Buddho’ is fit for one who has attained a certain degree of stability and calmness beforehand.



Walking Meditation - Luang Phu Mun
Translated: Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:12 pm

Whichever theme you focus on, be earnest with it, keeping mindfulness in constant touch with the work you are doing. For example, if you're focusing on the repetition of buddho, keep constantly aware of the word buddho, buddho, as if there were nothing else left in the world for you to become two with this or three with that. There is only one thing: the word buddho blending step by step with your awareness. As the mind becomes more and more still, the buddho you are repeating will more and more blend into one with your awareness. Then the word buddho, buddho will fall silent, leaving only an awareness that's more conspicuous than before. This means that you've reached the mind. To put it in terms of following the tracks of an ox, you've reached the ox and can let go of its tracks. Here you've reached the inner buddha, which is like the ox, so now you can let go of the meditation word


Ven. Acariya Maha Boowa Ñanasampanno

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:21 pm

As the first step in training the mind, we're taught to choose one 'Dhamma theme' (kammatthana)or another as a means of controlling and looking after the mind. Otherwise, it will go straying off to its old habitual occupations and cause suffering and discontent to the point where we're constantly disturbed and distracted. This is why we're taught to meditate on 'Buddho, Dhammo, or Sangho,'to be mindful of the breath, or to combine 'Buddho'with the breath, thinking 'Bud'with the in-breath and 'dho' with the out-breath, whichever theme seems most suited to our temperament.


Ven. Acariya Maha Boowa Ñanasampanno

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:24 pm

As for those who repeat 'Buddho' as their theme, the same sort of thing happens. If you focus on 'Buddho' without coordinating it with the breath, simply be aware of each repetition of 'Buddho, Buddho, Buddho'. You don't have to go thinking about how the results are going to appear....Thus you shouldn't speculate about results at all. Simply work away at the repetition of your meditation-word. This is the work that, once it becomes continuous, will gradually produce results, step by step. There's no time or place that will give rise to results while you meditate unless you do the work, that is, unless you think of your meditation-word in this way.


Ven. Acariya Maha Boowa Ñanasampanno

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:27 pm

When we say "That's me ... This is me," it's because the mind and the khandhas seem to be one and the same, so we can't tell them apart. When wisdom has analysed and investigated them through the power of the knowledge it has developed to a high level of proficiency, it can tell these things apart. It knows: "This is the body ... This is feeling ... This is memory ... This is thought ... This is consciousness." The body is the body, this thing is this thing, that thing is that -- but we're not this or that thing. We can tell them apart and separate them out step by step, until we can separate the heart out from the defilements and effluents (āsava) that lie buried within it, and there's nothing at all left in the heart. This is where it's called truly 'Buddho'. The result of practising meditation, when we reach the final stage, is that the heart becomes truly 'Buddho', just like the 'Buddho' of the Lord Buddha.


Ven. Acariya Maha Boowa Ñanasampanno

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:36 pm

Actually, when you meditate there's nothing much you have to do. Simply focus on repeating 'Buddho, Buddho, Buddho' in the mind. You don't have to paint pictures in your imagination that heaven is like this or nibbāna is like that, that heavenly beings are like this or that, as you've learned from books. People who have actually seen heavenly beings have seen them with their intuitive knowledge in line with the principles of their knowing nature, but we see them only through our imagination, speculation, and guesswork. Sometimes we actually fool ourselves with our own picture painting, because we like that sort of thing, and once we fool ourselves the result is craziness -- a mind wild and restless, with no Dhamma principles to hold to.


Ven. Acariya Maha Boowa Ñanasampanno

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby clw_uk » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:38 pm

PeterB wrote:Is there any one with some experience of Buddho that would like to say a word of advice or encouragement ?




I use it from time to time to help focus the mind on the breath, however once its fairly stable I let the mantra go
“Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.” Ovid
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:52 pm

Mentally you recite 'bud' on the inhalation and 'dho' for the exhalation. Buddho means "Awakened One". The purpose of using the word "Buddho" along with the breath is a technique that helps the mind focus easily on one-pointedness. First of all, the practitioners of this method should practise samatha to calm the mind. Then they begin to practise vipassana by using the calmed mind to concentrate on the reality of all things truly as they are. One important element of this technique that practitioners should do before trying out meditating is to investigate the body as the compound of the four elements and the Five Aggregates. Observe your thoughts regarding the body as a desirable thing to cling to, as impermanence and non-self. Contemplate the body like this until the mind accepts these realities. It is easier if the practitioner attains a concentration first and then investigates the body.


Luang Phu Mun's Samatha - Vipassana Meditation


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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:46 pm

Try to develop calmness of mind with every breath. While breathing in – you know  you breathe in, while breathing out - you know you breathe out. Know if your breath is long or short, deep or shallow. Know each breath until the  mind is calm. When you breathe in make a mental note Bud-,when you breathe out note –dho. Concentrate – while breathing in on Bud-,while  breathing out on –dho. If you can’t see the breath clear, than breathe in deep and breathe out long –until your breath becomes clear. Bud- when  you are breathing in, -dhowhen you are breathing out. Continue doing this until your mind is calm. Whenever thoughts arise, bring the mind back  to Buddho. If you think about the past - note Buddho, if you think about the future – note Buddho. Bud- when you breathe in, -dhowhen you  breathe out. If you see yourself thinking, bring your attention back to your body – know you are meditating, know you breathe in and know you  breathe out. Stay with Buddho.


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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:49 pm

Meditation should make your mindfulness so fast, that you know quickly when thoughts arise. If you do not know your thinking quickly, then the mind goes all over the place – without you noticing it. When you at last become aware of it, then it’s already too late. The mind is restless and it is hard to calm it down. That’s why we have to try to increase our mindfulness. With mindfulness we will be able to know quickly when the mind starts to wander, we can let go of the thoughts and return to Buddho. Whatever arises we exchange it with Buddho and try to keep equanimity, we do not cling to these thoughts and build up more mental formations on them. Grasping at thoughts only increases our unrest.


Venerable Acharn Sanong Katapunyo

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:55 pm

So let us study a little about the mind. Even if wedo not know anything else in this life, we can understandthe Dhamma which occurs in our mind; we can be aware ofwhat we are thinking of and know how to stop it. If youwant to experience the whole process, you have to try topractise by observation. For example, when we breath inwe are aware that we are breathing in, when we breath outwe are aware that we are breathing out. What will happenwhen we cannot concentrate and start to thinkcontinuously about going here and there? In that case weshould keep on repeating "Buddho, Buddho," In the end thethinking will be exhausted and stopped. At that momentpeace, lightness, freedom and clarity will appear andsuffering will be eradicated.


Venerable Acharn Sanong Katapunyo

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:01 pm

Where did the Lord Buddha go when he finally passed away? The bodily aggregate certainly disintegrated, following its nature - bodies being the same everywhere. However, the purified nature, Buddho, was not destroyed or annihilated, for it is not confined by time or position. And it is this which we refer to in "Buddham-Dhammam-Sangham saranam gacchami". When we can experience this for ourselves, we will be able to verify with complete certainty that this nature cannot be annihilated.


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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:15 pm

Dhamma is in our own body and mind, it is not in anybody else's. Therefore, we should meditate on our body, our own sensation, and especially and most importantly on our own mind, for it is the mental state which senses, which sees and thinks, which delights in some sensations and is averse to others. It is the mental state which can feel strongly about something and be indifferent to others. As soon as we begin to become distracted by arising thoughts, we should establish mindfulness and recite the words "Buddho ... Buddho". This will stop the mental processes. If we forget these words, however, the chain of thoughts will continue.


Venerable Acharn Sanong Katapunyo

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:15 pm

A person who gains mindfulness and clear comprehension through meditation by repeating "Buddho " or by looking at his or her own mind, knows what he or she is thinking about - perhaps something that happened in the past, some event in the present or unwholesome thoughts which are full of craving, aversion or delusion. Having seen this, he stops the mental activity, and allows his mind to become still for a long period. Resting in this stillness his awareness becomes deeper.


Venerable Acharn Sanong Katapunyo

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:20 pm

Diligence leads us to Buddho and is the cause for success – everything can be attained through diligence. A poor man, who doesn’t owe anything – can become rich through diligence. Diligence brings a good future. Someone who has never meditated and starts to do so diligently, going into retreat often, such a person will gain insight – sooner or later. Being a normal worldly person (puthujjana) you need to be diligent to become a noble one (ariya).


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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:21 pm

Buddho– means the One who knows, the awakened One who has opened his mind like a lotus is opened by the rays of the sun. If you feel tired wash your face or take a shower. If that doesn’t help - do walking meditation. If you overcome the tiredness then it will be easier to see the mind. It’s important that your mind is fresh and sharp – because a knife that is not sharp – can’t cut anything. You have to try hard to overcome the hindrances and you will gain good results.


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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Buddho

Postby bodom » Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:05 pm

When I came to train with Ajahn Chah, he understood my nature and gave me the simple meditation object of Buddho. I worked with Buddho for quite a while. I wasn’t interested in the external study of books. I had faith in the teaching of the Buddha and confidence in Ajahn Chah, yet there was still an underlying doubt. Would I ever get anywhere? What is all this Buddho stuff? But as my meditation practice grew, I learned that Buddho was a mirror to understanding the movements, thoughts and impressions of the mind. I saw the way the mind goes out and entangles itself. Buddho became an increasingly stable mirror to understand the mind itself. My practice continued from that base.


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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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