Development Of Concentration
Anapanasati : Mindfulness on breathing in and out
An untrained mind is used to create all kinds of habits. It jumps from one object to another to create thoughts. We have not allowed the consciousness to rest for a minute or a second. This causes restlessness to our mind. We can't make out one single moment in between two thoughts.
We use the consciousness to operate the six sense bases and thereby create a thought in between. There may be a lapse in between these periods, but we do not allow the consciousness to rest.
Anapanasati develops the mind to a higher state and through developing concentration, we could control the thoughts as well and thus, allowing our consciousness to rest and attain to a state of calmness and peace.
The method is practised by fixing the mind at one point, not allowing the consciousness to behave in a way it used to be, jumping from one object to another. What we have to do is to be mindful of the object at one point - watching the in-breathing and out-breathing from that point.
From there, we will develop the Absorption (Jhana) MN 19 from the first to the fourth. Absorption is deep concentration by fixing the mind on one object exclusively.
These Meditation Instructions were given by late Ven Amatha Gavesi of Sri Lanka,as understood by the compiler Mr Vajiro (Richard) Chia. These instructions and notes were specially prepared for those who attended the Meditation Classes conducted by Mr Vajiro Chia.
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