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is part of formal meditation practice in the Burmese tradition. One should also apply these principles in daily life, when not on a retreat, but one still needs to do some formal meditation whenever possible.
also explains about how to practice bare awareness. Having heard the teachings, Mālukyaputta, went away and practised, becoming an Arahant.
The same teaching was given to Bāhiya, who had very mature perfections. He attained Arahantship on hearing a very brief teaching from the Buddha, while he was on his almsround. He was singled out by the Buddha as the one who gained Arahantship faster than anyone else. Some meditators thinks this means that they can also gain “instant enlightnement” by practising this method. If only! With inferior perfections, we will have to work hard to develop bare awareness, until it is strong enough to lead to deep insights.
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• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)