Laypersons Get Future Results From Four Things by Brother Sumith Siriwardana
VIPASSANA INSIGHTS FROM SUTTA
In Dighajanu Sutta, we can see how the Buddha taught Dhamma in a way that leads to the welfare and happiness of laypeople in this life and in future lives. The Buddha encouraged Layperson Dighajanu to develop four qualities if he wishes to find happiness and welfare in this life and future lives.
The four qualities laid by the Buddha are Faith, Ethics, Generosity, and Wisdom.* Faith what Buddha meant was having a belief in the Buddha’s awakening. This faith comes as preliminary because one has not still penetrated into the Dhamma. But this faith is enough to make a choice to follow the Dhamma. Faith is the first step of this long process of ending the cycle of rebirths and Dukkha and even it takes to the highest state of mind. What we need is to have a strong faith in the realized one’s awakening and practice according to what Buddha taught. So one might find results soon.*
Ethics are very important in our meditative practice. Unless one’s moral conduct is pure, during meditation, the mind is likely to be preoccupied with remorse and guilt about one’s unwholesome verbal and physical actions and such remorse and guilt can hinder proper development and progress of concentration and insight. For laypeople, five precepts are recommended and if one wishes to observe higher precepts, he or she can observe 8 precepts or 10 precepts on Poya days especially. It is also important to preserve precepts for the right livelihood such as avoiding bad jobs and businesses.*
Generosity or Dana is the first step of three meritorious deeds and The Buddha encourages one to be free from stinginess and be freely generous, open-handed, loving to let go, committed to charity, loving to give and to share. By doing generous acts, the Greed is relinquished gradually and one becomes happy and this helps one to have a happy mind in our meditative practice.*
Wisdom is what finally cuts off our defilements and leads us to end the suffering. The Buddha encourages us to observe arising and passing phenomena and discern that they are impermanent, suffering, and not-self. This way one will gain into the true nature of existence.
It is important in our lives to stop bad qualities such as gambling, womanizing, taking alcohol and associating bad friends because they make us loss of wealth and happiness. This also creates a sankhara that will bring you more sufferings in future lives.- It is also important in our lives to develop good qualities such as Faith, Morality, Generosity and wisdom to find happiness in this life and future lives and finally end suffering.
Find a secluded place. If you are at home, your room is fine but better at a time of less noisy and Busy.
RELAX After sitting comfortable on a cushion or pillow or floor, keep your knees in a way that they touch on the floor (Lotus position or half lotus position or Burmese way). However, if you have an ailment or a body pain, better sit on a comfortable position like a small chair.Place your hands on your lap and keep your right palm on top of your left palm. While looking at three feets in front, close your eyes.Relax and be aware that you are sitting now. Keep your mindful in front.
TRIPLE GEM (1-2 MIN)
Take refuge in the Triple Gems.
I take refuge in The Buddha
I take refuge in The Dhamma
I take refuuge in The Sanga
Observe your breath mindfully. Better if you can identify the touching point near your nostrils. Some might feel at the tip of the nose and some might feel inside of the nose or on top of the nose, wherever you feel, keep your attention (Sati Nimmita) on there and allow your breath in and breath out. At the beginning, you might not feel the types of breath like long or short. But it is fine as long as you are aware of breath in and breath out. Advance practitioners can observe the types of breath.Recollection of the qualities of Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha (Conviction)
Recollection of Buddha
Recollect as ‘Indeed, the Blessed One is worthy and rightly self-awakened, consummate in knowledge & conduct, well-gone, an expert with regard to the world, unexcelled as a trainer for those people fit to be tamed, the Teacher of divine & human beings, awakened, blessed.
Recollection of Dhamma
Recollect Dhamma as ‘The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One, to be seen here & now, timeless, inviting verification, pertinent, to be realized by the wise for themselves.
Recollection of Sangha
Recollect Sangha as The Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples who have practiced well… who have practiced straight-forwardly… who have practiced methodically… who have practiced masterfully — in other words, the four types [of noble disciples] when taken as pairs, the eight when taken as individual types — they are the Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples: worthy of gifts, worthy of hospitality, worthy of offerings, worthy of respect, the incomparable field of merit for the world.
Recollection of the Virtue
Recollect of you virtues as I refrain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, laying and taking intoxications. Also, recollect that those who preserved virtues which were untorn, unbroken, unspotted, unsplattered, liberating, praised by the wise, untarnished, conducive to concentration, have been born in a happy state. So by doing the same, I will also be born in a happy state with the company of virtuous beings.Recollection of Generosity
Recollect generous deeds you did for the well being of the Sangha and the community such as Alms givings, donations and charities. Also, recollect that those who did such generous deeds, have been born in a happy state, so by doing the same I will also be born in a happy state with the company of generous beings.
SELF GUIDED MEDITATION
Contemplate four good qualities as factors for awakening.
Contemplate four good qualities as factors that bring peace and happiness in this life and future lives.