Sound as a meditation object?

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SarathW
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Sound as a meditation object?

Post by SarathW » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:50 pm

Sound as a meditation object?

I started using sound from singing bowl as my meditation object.
I keep the sound as a reminder for me to keep my attention on the breath.
I keep the sound at it's lowest level.
What are the pros an cons?
Is this a recommended Buddhist practice?
What is the highest concentration can be achieved by this method?


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Re: Sound as a meditation object?

Post by Pinetree » Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:56 am

I keep the sound as a reminder for me to keep my attention on the breath.
So your meditation object is the breath and not the sound ?

I'm thinking that if I would try this, maybe I'd have the music for the first part of the meditation, followed by silence. Because I'm thinking after some time you don't need to be reminded to stay with the breath.
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Re: Sound as a meditation object?

Post by SarathW » Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:01 am

Yes my primary object is the breath.
Sound from the bowl is only the secondary. That is why I keep it so low to the minimum.
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Re: Sound as a meditation object?

Post by Mkoll » Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:35 am

There is a relevant meditation technique that you might be interested in:

The Sound of Silence by Ajahn Amaro
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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Re: Sound as a meditation object?

Post by SarathW » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:07 am

Thanks Jame
"so detect the nada sound, turn your attention toward your hearing. If you listen carefully to the sounds around you, you’re likely to hear a continuous, high-pitched inner sound like white noise in the background. It is a sound that is beginningless and endless"

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It is strange you mention this. I just came here after listening to my inner sound for about half an hour while the sound of bowl is playing in the back ground.
The technical name for the inner sound is tinnitus.

Tinnitus is a physical condition, experienced as noises or ringing in the ears or head when no such external physical noise is present. Tinnitus is usually caused by a fault in the hearing system; it is a symptom, not a disease in itself.
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The way I manage my tinnitus is by the same method ,as instructed by Ajhan Amaro. I think that is the best way.
Thanks to this method it does not bother me at well. I hear it as I am typing this post.

My theory is, that sound come from the inner blood follow. (just like the sound of the heart beat)
Some times I wonder whether it is coming from cosmic back ground radiation.
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