AN 5.29: Cankama Sutta — Walking

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Re: AN 5.29: Cankama Sutta — Walking

Postby Sam Vara » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:44 pm

mikenz66 wrote:Since the point of the suttas is to inform practice, does anyone have further comments on their experience of the relative stability of concentration developed when walking rather than sitting?


Not based on personal experience (!) but it might be worth noting that Nanavira thought that he "entered the stream" while undertaking walking meditation:

HOMAGE TO THE AUSPICIOUS ONE, WORTHY, FULLY AWAKENED. - At one time the monk Nanavira was staying in a forest hut near Bundala village. It was during that time, as he was walking up and down in the first watch of the night, that the monk Nanavira made his mind quite pure of constraining things, and kept thinking and pondering and reflexively observing the Dhamma as he had heard and learnt it, the clear and stainless Eye of the Dhamma arose in him: "Whatever has the nature of arising, all that has the nature of ceasing." Having been a teaching-follower for a month, he became one attained to right view.

(Recorded in his private notebook, and published after his death).

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Re: AN 5.29: Cankama Sutta — Walking

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:03 pm

Thanks Sam,

Does anyone have a reference to Ven Ananda's full awakening? As I recall he was walking, determined to achieve arahantship on the eve of the the First Council (since otherwise he would be the only non-arahant --- he was a stream-enterer at the time). He decided he had too much energy and should do some meditation lying down. During the change in position from standing to lying down he became an arahant. This story is often told on retreats to emphasise how important it is to be mindful at all times.

I think that the account is in the Vinaya somewhere.


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Re: AN 5.29: Cankama Sutta — Walking

Postby Sylvester » Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:15 am

Hi Mike

Then the venerable Ananda, thinking : “ Tomorrow is the
assembly. Now it is not suitable in me that I, being (only)
a learner, should go to the assembly,” and having passed much
of that night in mindfulness as to body, when the night was
nearly spent thinking : “ I will lie down,” he inclined his body,
but (before) his head had touched the mattress and while his
feet were free from the ground— in that interval his mind was
freed from the cankers with no residuum (for rebirth) remaining.
Then the venerable Ananda, being a perfected one, went to
the assembly.

from Horner's translation of the Culavagga, p 395 - 396, Vol V.

Thus awakened in none of the 4 iriyāpatha .

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Re: AN 5.29: Cankama Sutta — Walking

Postby Anagarika » Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:34 am

I may be slightly off topic but can't resist mentioning a fine book that I am reading now. It's focus is on walking meditation, and it goes inside the sutta based instructions, and goes outside the suttas to discuss walking meditation in its many practice forms. The author is a Tendai priest, who also trained and ordained earlier in his life in Thailand. It's a good read for anyone with an interest in walking meditation:

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Re: AN 5.29: Cankama Sutta — Walking

Postby zavk » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:58 am

mikenz66 wrote:Since the point of the suttas is to inform practice, does anyone have further comments on their experience of the relative stability of concentration developed when walking rather than sitting?


Hi Mike

As it turns out, I developed a new appreciation for walking meditation when I stayed at Ajahn Kalyano's monastery, Bodhivana, a couple of weeks ago. While I now hope to practice it more regularly, in the past, I've only done walking meditation very occasionally, so I don't yet feel confident or competent enough to comment on the quality of concentration that could be developed through walking. What I will say, however, is simply that my experience of walking meditation at this recent retreat has prompted a reconsideration of some of the unacknowledged assumptions - and I would even say, conceits - I had about formal practice. At the monastery, I also chanced upon and found inspiration in Ajaan Khao Analayo's biography, which is divided intro three sections, each beginning with:

When Ajaan Khao lived in the forests and the
mountains, he got the local villagers to lay out
three different paths for walking meditation. The
first path he used for paying homage to the Lord
Buddha, the second for homage to the Dhamma,
and the third for homage to the Sangha. He
walked caçkama on these three paths at three
different times each day.

As soon as he had finished his morning meal, he
began walking meditation on the Buddha Pūjā.


In the early afternoon, he started walking on
the path dedicated to Dhamma Pūjā.


In the early evening, he began walking
meditation on the path reserved for Sangha Pūjā.

Available here: ... o-anaalayo
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