A thought occurred to me after reading through the link below (thanks Mike in NZ) that maybe, for some of us lay followers, we should consider transitioning more towards meditations of recollections. Scanning through this forum I found very little on this approach.
For me personally, my concern is that I could sit twice daily practicing various forms of vipassana for years to come and never glean any real insight. Any thoughts on the bolded and underlined section below. Would abiding in this state during meditation eventually lead one to the door of stream entry. If not would it would this state at least lead one to become a better human being. Admittedly that is my primary goal with the thinking that this is all I can really control. Whether insight or not arises happens, well..... Would this lead to an improved chance of rebirth in a state where the Dhamma could once again be approached? Thoughts? Any advice on the nuts and bolts of this practice?
http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/ebdha267.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;the Buddha shows how the lay disciple takes up one of the six objects of recollection (cha anussati): the Three Jewels, morality, generosity, and the devas. As the disciple recollects each theme, his mind is not obsessed by lust, hatred, or delusion, but becomes upright (ujugata): "With an unright mind he gains the inspiration of the goal, the inspiration of the Dhamma, gladness connected with the Dhamma. When he is gladdened rapture arises, his body becomes tranquil, and he experiences happiness. For one who is happy the mind becomes concentrated."
thanks in advance,