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.

:anjali:
This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don't cling to it. Be it like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don't try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That's all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ''us'' nor ''them.'' They are not worthy of clinging to, any of them. - 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:

:anjali:
This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don't cling to it. Be it like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don't try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That's all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ''us'' nor ''them.'' They are not worthy of clinging to, any of them. - Ajahn Chah

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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...

Mike


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.

:anjali:
This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don't cling to it. Be it like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don't try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That's all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ''us'' nor ''them.'' They are not worthy of clinging to, any of them. - 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

:anjali:
This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don't cling to it. Be it like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don't try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That's all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ''us'' nor ''them.'' They are not worthy of clinging to, any of them. - 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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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: 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.

:anjali:
This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don't cling to it. Be it like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don't try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That's all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ''us'' nor ''them.'' They are not worthy of clinging to, any of them. - 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
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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