Back to subject...........I would still love to hear of a book that deals with the six recollections in an upbeat fashion. It is really important that we can arouse enthusiasm in our meditation object/subject.
Kenshou wrote:Anapanasati is a good basic meditation and though it may not fit every foot it seems to fit many. So they teach it a lot. There's nothing stopping you from doing something else, though, go for it.
I'd think that any of the satipatthana would be a fine stand-alone technique. Whatever works.
The only thing that's stopping me are clear instructions. The moment I receive them, the moment I'll be able to resume practice.
The breath is still the primary meditation object. You're only asked to turn a thought into an object if it persists after being noted.
That's not how I was taught. I was taught that everything one experiences should be noticed or noted and the breath is only an anchor, something for you to return to whenever you need to so that you don't get lost.
But the breath is still involved. The abdomen moves because of the breath
I'd feel much better, and more comfortable, if I could just let the breath happen naturally, and focus on something else.
Here's a really nice chart by Venerable Bodhi:
http://www.bodhimonastery.net/courses/M ... rances.pdf
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I don't believe the Buddha was a supporter of idle chatter. He didn't give hundreds of discourses, and describe 39 other objects of contemplation for nothing. There should at least be more material on how to directly counter the 5 hindrances.
Many thanks for the links. I'll look through each one.
Vepacitta wrote:Because there's enough 'smart-ass-ism' on this board as it is Chownah.
Metta - as to your question - there are other forms of mediations - the kasina meditations - one uses the kasina object - usually a large circle of colour - blue - green - red - etc. These are used for jhana mediation - although - the breath is also considered the way to enter into Jhana as well. I'd have to ask around to see about detailed instructions for jhana mediation and kasina objects - although doubtless you could do some googling.
Sorry to hear about your respiratory issues and hope you feel better.
Thank you, and I'll give your suggestions a Google.
I basically have 2 questions:
- Do you think dhamma teachers should go into more detail about the other meditation objects for those who may not be ready for breath meditation?
I have been told that breath meditation is mainly for those who tend to be distracted by thoughts, i.e. conceptually "hyperactive" people.
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