socoguy78 wrote:Nibanna... Meaning no fire from Pali. Has anyone had insights into this? I view it as craving no more... Then mind craves and clings to nothing... A mind free from personal desire and self beliefs. Does anyonore let go of their craving in meditation? Relaxing into any subtle craving they feel as their mind is pulled off their meditation object?
daverupa wrote:I don't use a meditation object; mostly the preliminary practice involves tracing back unwholesome thoughts and letting go of the intention which fuels that, in order to intend wholesomeness instead. This is like a herdsman overseeing cows graze, while not needing to be vigilant against them straying into crops because the herd is secluded from them. Composed, but not concentrated on a single input or anything like that.
Then, with this beginning, satipatthana can be practiced with the purpose of letting go in order to attain jhana. One method is anapanasati, which is what I prefer, but there is no meditation object in this practice, as I understand it. The breath functions like a metronome, rather than that which is concentrated upon.
Craving occurs at a number of levels of resolution; paring it down takes careful attention over time.
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