identification wrote:The first meditation technique he describes in his book is present moment awareness. He says to be in the present and that it is a foundation for the rest of the techniques. But he doesn't describe how to be in the present moment, no object, nothing. How do I practice this?
while I don't agree with the Venerable's take on jhana, I did find many of his advices very useful in the book I suspect you are referring to ('Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond'?), and as I recall (I suspect) he meant to simply remain aware of where you are, sitting there in meditation, and to not get lost in thoughts; to be aware when a thought arises and not to follow or get lost in it; to notice when a bird sings, or any other distraction occurs, noting it but not getting lost in that, either. Just knowing where you are, and what you are doing - without getting lost in thought - can actually be an interesting challenge in itself.
Having said that, that isn't how the Buddha instructs us in basic anapanasati in the anapanasati sutta, or in the satipatthana sutta.