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Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:36 am
by hohohodam
Can I get a recommended reading list for understanding sound object as meditation? I googled but failed to find anything on it.

My recent experience in using gong sound as meditation object has been very positive and would like to explore further.

Thanks!

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:39 am
by mikenz66
Hi hohohodam

I've not seen any instructions on how to use sound as a concentration object. There is plenty of advice on using it as a secondary object in "insight" practise, but that's probably not relevant to your purpose.

:heart:
Mike

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:56 am
by tiltbillings
You may find something addressing your interest here, Sound as a medititaion focus: https://www.google.com/search?source=hp ... T_ITf97Rt8

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:05 am
by hohohodam
Thanks. What I really want to know perhaps is its legitimacy as a meditation object according to past teachers and traditions.

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:19 am
by robertk
Kantaka sutta,
lists impediments to concentration such as sound
paṭhamassa jhānassa saddo kaṇṭako

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:28 am
by tiltbillings
hohohodam wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:05 am
Thanks. What I really want to know perhaps is its legitimacy as a meditation object according to past teachers and traditions.
You will get those who likely will say "no," for there is no textual support for it, but if you can pay attention to, be mindful of, a more or less constant sound, it may work as a meditation object. It is not typical as a primary object, but it might be of interest to try. Sound, like the other sensory inputs, can be an object of attention/mindfulness.

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:32 am
by tiltbillings
robertk wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:19 am
Kantaka sutta,
lists impediments to concentration such as sound
paṭhamassa jhānassa saddo kaṇṭako
It certainly can be an impediment, especially if one is trying to cultivate jhana; however, if one's concentration and mindfulness are strong, if one is an experienced practitioner, probably not so much of an impediment.

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:27 pm
by aflatun
hohohodam wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:36 am
Can I get a recommended reading list for understanding sound object as meditation? I googled but failed to find anything on it.

My recent experience in using gong sound as meditation object has been very positive and would like to explore further.

Thanks!
You might want to google around for "the sound of silence" and Ajahn Sumedho

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:08 pm
by Mr Man
There is this - The Sound of Silence by Ajahn Amaro

http://www.lionsroar.com/the-sound-of-silence/

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:20 pm
by tiltbillings
Mr Man wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:08 pm
There is this - The Sound of Silence by Ajahn Amaro

http://www.lionsroar.com/the-sound-of-silence/
I had forgotten about this book. Good call.

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:22 pm
by Aloka
I had forgotten about this book. Good call.
There's also "The Sound of Silence" by Ajahn Sumedho, which is probably the book you'd forgotten about, Tilt.

https://cdn.amaravati.org/wp-content/up ... ilence.pdf



:anjali:

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:34 am
by Saengnapha
aflatun wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:27 pm
hohohodam wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:36 am
Can I get a recommended reading list for understanding sound object as meditation? I googled but failed to find anything on it.

My recent experience in using gong sound as meditation object has been very positive and would like to explore further.

Thanks!
You might want to google around for "the sound of silence" and Ajahn Sumedho
I think that's a Simon & Garfunkel creation. :D

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:05 am
by Dinsdale
Saengnapha wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:34 am
aflatun wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:27 pm
hohohodam wrote:
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:36 am
Can I get a recommended reading list for understanding sound object as meditation? I googled but failed to find anything on it.

My recent experience in using gong sound as meditation object has been very positive and would like to explore further.

Thanks!
You might want to google around for "the sound of silence" and Ajahn Sumedho
I think that's a Simon & Garfunkel creation. :D
Or tinnitus. :tongue:

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:44 pm
by badscooter

Re: Sound object for concentration meditation

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:40 pm
by SarathW
Thank you Badscoter.
Welcome back to the forum after a long time.
Interesting video. So I created a new thread.
I recommend watching all his other videos.