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A STUDY GUIDE FOR
SAMATHA-VIPASSANA MEDITATION BASED ON THE FIVE MEDITATION
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The National Coordination Center of Provincial Meditation Institutes of Thailand
Maintaining self or mind is supreme in this world. If one governs the mind one will attain Dhamma [natural phenomena and the noble truths]. To see one’s own mind is to see Dhamma. To know one’s mind is to know all Dhamma. To overcome the mind is to achieve Nibbana. The mind is a noble treasure. One should not overlook it.
Phra Ajarn Mun Bhuridatta-thera
Samatha (concentration) removes the fi ve mental Hindrances and prepares the mind for wisdom (paññā), insight wisdom (vipassanā-paññā) and supra-mundane wisdom (lokuttara-paññā). When wrong view, defi lements, craving and attachment – the causes of suffering – are eliminated by samatha and vipassanā, the suffering subsides and eventually extinguishes automatically.
Phra Mongkol-Thepmuni (Sodh Candasaro)
The Triple Gem Meditation
Rising-Falling Mind-Body Dhammakaya Meditation
Mindfulness of Breathing
NAMO TASSA BAGAVATO ARAHATO SAMMA SAMBUDDHASSA
HOMAGE TO THE LORD, THE EMANCIPATED,
THE ALLENLIGHTENED BUDDHA
A STUDY GUIDE FOR SAMATHAVIPASSANĀ MEDITATION
BASED ON THE FIVE MEDITATION TECHNIQUES
Published by The National Coordination Center of Provincial
Meditation Institute of Thailand,
Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakaram
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ISBN : 978-974-7533-44-6
First Edition: March 6th 2012 (4,000 copies)
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No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the prior permission of the publisher.
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The Supreme Patriarch
HIS HOLINESS SOMDEJ PHRA NYANASANGVARA
President of Sangha Body Conference,
Acting Sangharaja Committee, Chief of East Sangha Region,
Abbot, Wat Saket Rajamahavihara, Bangkok, Thailand
HIS HOLINESS SOMDEJ PHRA BUDDHAJARN
Acting Sangharaja Committee Member of Sangha Body,
Chief of North Sangha Region,
Abbot, Wat Paknam Basijareaon, Bangkok, Thailand
HIS HOLINESS SOMDEJ PHRA MAHARAJAMANGKALAJARN
Committee Member of Sangha Body,
Chief of Central Sangha Region,
Abbot, Wat Pichaiyat, Bangkok, Thailand
HIS HOLINESS SOMDEJ PHRA BUDDHACHINNAWONG
FOREWORD Phra Thepyanmongkol, the President of the National Coordi-
nation Center of Provincial Meditation Institute of Thailand, and its committee members have made a resolution to publish, A Study Guide for Samatha-Vipassanā Meditation based on the Five Meditation Techniques, as a book. Those fi ve techniques are (i) the Triple Gem Meditation (Buddho); (ii) Mindfulness of Breathing (ānāpānasati); (iii) Rising-Falling (infl ating-contracting); (iv) Mind (nāma) and Body (rūpa); and (v) Dhammakaya Meditation (sammā arahang). The pur- pose for this publication is a study guide for right practice of the Lord Buddha, based upon these fi ve meditation techniques. A meditator in- dependently practices any one of these, based upon one’s own tempera- ment.
The book has been completed and published as a book for Dhamma dissemination and the great benefi ts to our beloved Buddhists who are seeking for the right practice.
The information of this publication was collected from fi ve dif- ferent mediation centers before being translated into English. I agree that this book will be of great benefi t for those who study and practice samatha-vipassanā meditation, based on their own temperaments. More- over, the book, A Study Guide for Right Practice of the Three Trainings based on Visuddhimagga, which has been published before, is highly recommended for meditators to study, along with this book, for leading straightly (ujupaipanno) and rightly (ñāyapaipanno) to the Right Prac- tice of Lord Buddha and to ultimate achievement or Nibbāna.
I would like to congratulate everyone for this success, especially, Phra Thepyarnmongkol, the President of the National Coordination Center of Provincial Meditation Institutes of Thailand, who encouraged supporting the publication.
Finally, with the Power of the Triple Gem, I would like to wish everyone to prosper in the Teaching of Lord Buddha with the Right Practice for escape from the triple round (rounds of defi lements, kamma or karma and results) and attainment of Paths (magga), Fruits (phala) and Nibbāna. And, I wish all may have a long life, good looks, Happi- ness, Health, Wisdom and good fortune. May whatever you so wish for be yours.
Somdej Phra Maharajamangkalajarn Acting Sangharaja Committee Member of the Sangha Body,
Chief of the North Sangha Region, Chief of Pali Studies, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Coordination Center
of Provincial Meditation Institutes of Thailand, Abbot of Wat Paknam Basicareon, Bangkok
ADVISORY & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR THE BOOK
CHAIRMAN OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Somdej Phra Maharajamonggalajarn, Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, Bangkok.
Phra Brahmavachirayan, Wat Yannawa, Bangkok.
Phra Visuddhiwongsajarn, Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, Bangkok.
Phra Dhammakittiwong, Wat Rajorasaram, Bangkok.
Phra Dhammapariyatvede, Wat Phra Pathom Jedi, Nakorn Pathom.
Phra Dhammakosajarn, Wat Prayun Wongsawat, Bangkok.
Phra Rajbrahmathera, Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, Bangkok.
CHAIRMAN OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Phra Thepyanmongkol, Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram, Rajchaburi.
Phra Mongkolwattanakhun, Wat Pa Salawan, Nakornrajsima.
Phra Sriyansobhon , Wat Rama IX Karnchanapisek, Bangkok.
Phra Maha Pamoth Pamodito, Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram, Rajchaburi.
Phra Maha Sagda Sumano, Wat Pa Visuddhikhun, Petchaburi.
Translated from Thai Version of
A STUDY GUIDE FOR SAMATHAVIPASSANĀ MEDITATION BASED ON
THE FIVE MEDITATION TECHNIQUES
Published by The National Coordination Center of
Provincial Meditation Institute of Thailand
Phra Maha Wannapong Wannawangso, Pali Grade 9, (M.Sc. Eng.), Oregon State University, OR, USA),
Phra Khru Baitika Dr. Barton Yanathiro (Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Cornell University, NY, USA.)
Phra Maha Natpakanan Gunanggaro (MBA, Eastern Washington University, WA, USA),
Mr. David Dale Holmes (Ph.D [ABD], Ludgwig Maximilians University, Germany)
Ms. Eunice E. Cerezo (BA, Chico State University, CA, USA)
Mr. Sakrapan Eamegdool (BSBA Business Management, Boston University, MA, USA).
Mr. Watcharapol Daengsubha (BA in Management, Mahidol University International College, Nakhon Prathom, Thailand),
Ms. Jessica Dawn Ogden (BA in Management, Lakeland College, A.B., Canada).
COVER AND GRAPHIC DESIGNS
Mr. Phakakorn Muangnil
EDITORS AND TRANSLATORS
President, the National Coordination Center of Provincial
Meditation Institutes of Thailand,
Abbot, Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram
VENERABLE PHRA THEPYANMONGKOL
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT The National Coordination Center of Provincial Meditation
Institutes of Thailand was established with the commitment of Di- rectors from 338 Meditation Centers (out of over 400) invited by the National Buddhism Organization to a conference at Wat Yannawa, Bangkok, April 23-25, B.E. 2551 (2008). There were fi ve objectives. Three were established at the conference and the last two were added later.
1. To support the Sangha Body’s Provincial Meditation Cen- ters to administer Buddhist Education effectively,
2. To cooperate with Provincial Meditation Centers to teach meditation at the same high standard for all people at all levels,
3. To assist Provincial Meditation Centers with academic scholarship.
4. To cooperate with the Chiefs of the Sangha Regions and Directors of the Provincial Meditation Centers to raise academic train- ing techniques to the same high standard.
5. To support the Sangha in stabilizing, protecting and develop- ing Buddhism under the rules of the Discipline, the Law and the Sangha Rules.
The committee members agreed to publish A Study Guide for Samatha-Vipassanā Meditation based on the Five Meditation Tech- niques, as a book. Those fi ve techniques are the Triple Gem Medita- tion (buddho), Mindfulness of Breathing (ānāpānasati), Rising-Falling (infl ating-contracting), Mind (nāma) and Body (rūpa), and Dhamma- kaya Meditation (sammā arahang). The purp