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Introduction to Chn Meditation2011/01/29Buddhist Association of CanadaCham Shan Temple

Updated Mar 2010 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada4

Buddhist Association of CanadaCham Shan Temple

nmftuNamo Buddha

nmdm Namo Dharma

nmsngqi Namo Sangha Updated Mar 2010 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada5

Towards a Liberated and Enlightened Life Introduction to Buddhist Meditation 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada6

Art of AttentionThe way of Attention has the potential to uncover the true nature of the phenomenon observed and thus a non-reactive, unconditioned awareness is acquired that brings liberating insight knowledge. 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada7

Six Sense DoorsThe strategy of being present at a sense-door is to understand the dependent origination.1. Eye2. Ear 3. Nose 4. Tongue 5. Body 6. Consciousness 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada8

Exercise in Orientating to a Sense-DoorThis moment is the time to establish the habit of being consciously present at a sense door and notice what is happening during a sense impression 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada9

To Be Mindful Your Sense DoorWhat sense door am I at?What feeling is present?What is the quality of that feeling; is it pleasant, unpleasant or neutral? Why?What thoughts are associated with it?Do you notice any changes about quality of feeling and your thoughts with time? i.e. arising and disappearing 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada10

Twelve Links of the Cycle of Dependent Origination

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Untangle the mind by insight into dependent originationWhat we are experiencing is the result of a series of events that arose because of previous conditions and is linked as a causal chain of effects, i.e. as cyclic existence. 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada12

Break the linkage to End the Cycle of SufferingAs you experience the series of causal events, you can intercept them at the linkage of either consciousness, sense impression and feeling. The ability to do this gives you the potential to be free of the conditioned cycle of suffering that most people are unknowingly trapped in. 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada13

Four Spheres of Attention From Satipatthana SutraAttention to the Body-aware five sense doors, body postures and movements.Attention to Feelings or Sensations pleasant, unpleasant or neutral.Attention to the Consciousness and Mind-States knowing emotion i.e. happiness, sadness or agitation arises and passes awayAttention to the Mental Content thoughts, ideas, intention and concepts as a witness without commentary

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Buddha taught Ananda about Dependent OriginationUnderstanding dependent origination is difficult. It is because people dont understand origination that they are not able to penetrate it, that their minds are befuddled. Just as a ball of twine becomes all tangled up and knotted, just so are beings ensnared and unable to free themselves from the conditions of suffering. 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada15

Buddha gave instruction to BahiyaWith the seen, there will be just the seen; with the heard, there will be just the heard; with the sensed there will be just the sensed; with the cognized, there will be just the cognized. When for you, Bahiya, there is merely the seen, heard, sensed and cognized, then you will not be therein. Then you, Bahiya, will be neither here nor there nor within both this is itself the end of suffering. 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada16

There are two Modes of Meditation: Samatha and Vipassana 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada17

Do you have any problem in using Samatha (calming) Meditation to obtain one-pointedness? What is your experience? 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

Vipassana (observing) meditation can lead you to insight wisdom. Are you paying close attention to object with moment-to-moment awareness? 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

How are you going prepare yourself for meditation? 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

Awareness of feelings is the moment-to-moment affair.Buddha said, All things converge in feelings. Why? 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

You always ask yourself, What feeling do I have at the present moment? 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

Is it important to pay attention at all time to your feelings even when they are faint and brief? And why? 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

Is this true that feelings and emotions are separable? 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

How to dissociate the feelings from even the slightest thought of I. How to make awareness of feeling without the ego-reference. 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

How to develop an awareness of feelings when they arise? Clearly distinguish them as pleasant, unpleasant or neutral, and no more. 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

Attention should be maintained throughout the short duration of the specific feeling until the feeling ends. 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

Why your mind always reacts: liking or disliking. Do you know at which linkage you are being caught in the cycle of dependent origination? 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

In Maha-Satipatthana sutta, Buddha said, Bhikkhu should contemplate feeling in feelings. What does that mean? 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of CanadaTHE CONTEMPLATION OFFEELING (from maha-Satipatthana Sutta)"And how, O bhikkhus, does a bhikkhu live contemplatingfeelingin feelings?"Here, O bhikkhus, a bhikkhu when experiencing a pleasantfeeling, understands: 'I experience a pleasantfeeling'; when experiencing a painfulfeeling, he understands: 'I experience a painfulfeeling'; when experiencing a neither-pleasant-nor-painful feeling, he understands: 'I experience a neither-pleasant-nor-painfulfeeling'; when experiencing a pleasant worldlyfeeling, he understands: 'I experience a pleasant worldlyfeeling'; when experiencing a pleasant spiritualfeeling, he understands: 'I experience a pleasant spiritualfeeling'; when experiencing a painful worldlyfeeling, he understands: 'I experience a painful worldlyfeeling'; when experiencing a painful spiritualfeeling, he understands: 'I experience a painful spiritualfeeling'; when experiencing a neither-pleasant-nor-painful worldlyfeeling, he understands: 'I experience a neither-pleasant-nor-painful worldlyfeeling'; when experiencing a neither-pleasant-nor-painful spiritualfeeling, he understands: 'I experience a neither-pleasant-nor-painful spiritualfeeling.'"Thus he lives contemplating feelings in feelings internally, or he lives contemplating feelingin feelings externally, or he lives contemplatingfeelingin feelings internally and externally. He lives contemplating origination-things in feelings, or he lives contemplating dissolution-things in feelings, or he lives contemplating origination-and-dissolution-things in feelings. Or his mindfulness is established with the thought: 'Feelingexists,' to the extent necessary just for knowledge and remembrance and he lives independent and clings to naught in the world."Thus, indeed, O bhikkhus, a bhikkhu lives contemplatingfeelingin feelings." 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

By intercepting the primary feeling at a sense-door, without the following emotion, the feeling will go no further, therefore no attachments. You break the 12 linkage to end the cycle of suffering. The question is Do you want to withdraw from all emotions? 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

Of course, not.Mind and heart will become more open and free from the fever of clinging. More inner space will be available for the growth of the finer emotions: i.e. Loving-Kindness and Compassion. 2006 Buddhist Association of CanadaBuddhist Association of Canada

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