Introduction to Insight Meditation

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Introduction to Insight Meditation

Postby bodom » Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:55 pm

Here is an excellent little manual on Insight Meditation. It was sent to me from Abhyagiri Monastery, printed for use by Amaravati Monastery and is in the tradition of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho. It is available online here:

http://www.forestsangha.org/index.php?o ... &Itemid=25

It covers Body Sweeping, Awareness of Breathing, Walking Meditation, Metta Meditation, Choiceless Awareness, Precepts, Posture and more in only 20 pages. Hope others find it as useful as I have.

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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: Introduction to Insight Meditation

Postby username_5 » Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:56 pm

Thank you for this. It is very concise and seems useful when I am asked the question 'So, what is Buddhist meditation, exactly'. When I got to the end of the first page I saw there were no more so when you say it is 20 pages I assume your reader must display it differently than mine.
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Re: Introduction to Insight Meditation

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:02 pm

There is a link to a PDF on the page. It's 12, not 20, pages, though...

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Re: Introduction to Insight Meditation

Postby bodom » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:06 pm

username_5 wrote:When I got to the end of the first page I saw there were no more so when you say it is 20 pages I assume your reader must display it differently than mine.


This is the online version of a 20 page booklet that the monastery sent to me. The complete booklet is there. :smile:

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Re: Introduction to Insight Meditation

Postby bodom » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:10 pm

mikenz66 wrote:There is a link to a PDF on the page. It's 12, not 20, pages, though...

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Now that I look at it, what is missing from the booklet is the illustrations of different sitting postures. This is why it is showing 12 instead of 20 pages.

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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: Introduction to Insight Meditation

Postby bodom » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:11 pm

Here it is including the posture illustrations:

http://dharma.ncf.ca/introduction/instr ... tions.html

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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: Introduction to Insight Meditation

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:13 pm

this little book?Image
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Re: Introduction to Insight Meditation

Postby bodom » Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:18 pm

jcsuperstar wrote:this little book?Image


Thats the one! Great little book.

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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: Introduction to Insight Meditation

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:35 pm

yeah, i've given a ton of those away, i got a bunch for my Wat a couple years back
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