Laypersons & The Importance of The Eightfold Path by Steve Lin

02 OCTOBER 2020, THE DAILY CUSHION

Laypersons & The Importance of The Eightfold Path by Steve Lin

“Faithful, accomplished in ethics,
Saddho sīlena sampanno,

kind, rid of stinginess,
vadaññū vītamaccharo;

they always purify the path
Niccaṃ maggaṃ visodheti,

to well-being in lives to come.
sotthānaṃ samparāyikaṃ.”

https://suttacentral.net/an8.54/en/sujato

“Following the Noble Eightfold Path leads to liberation in the form of nirvana: “Just this noble eightfold path: right view, right aspiration, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. That is the ancient path, the ancient road, traveled by the Rightly Self-awakened Ones of former times.

👉🏽 I followed that path.

Following it, I came to direct knowledge of aging & death, direct knowledge of the origination of aging & death, direct knowledge of the cessation of aging & death, direct knowledge of the path leading to the cessation of aging & death.

👉🏽 I followed that path.

Following it, I came to direct knowledge of birth… becoming… clinging… craving… feeling… contact… the six sense media… name-&-form… consciousness, direct knowledge of the origination of consciousness, direct knowledge of the cessation of consciousness, direct knowledge of the path leading to the cessation of consciousness.

👉🏽 I followed that path.”

— The Buddha, Nagara Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya ii.124, Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

☸️ MEDITATION TIPS

– Virtue is kamma that effects the mind and meditation. To improve your meditation, then improve your virtue and kamma.

– The future state of mind and rebirth is directly related to kamma and meditation training.

– Effective Meditation takes

📌 Right Effort,

📌 Right Mindfulness,

📌 Right Concentration.

☸ PREPARATION FOR GUIDED MEDITATION

🧘🏽‍♀️ MEDITATION PLACE▪ Find a comfortable place that is quiet to sit and meditate with few interruptions and distractions to the senses.

🧘🏽‍♀️ RELAX▪ After sitting comfortably on a cushion or pillow or floor, place hands in lap and close the eyes.

🧘🏽‍♀️ TRIPLE GEM (1-2 min)▪ Prepare the mind and concentration by taking “Refuge in the Triple Gem”.▪ Visualize each one in the mind (as an object) and generate faith and warm feelings with each one. Don’t rush this.▪ I take refuge in The Buddha.▪ I take refuge in The Dhamma.▪ I take refuge in The Sangha.

🧘🏽‍♀️ SATIPATTHĀNA WARM UP (3-5 min)▪ “The Breath”▪ Begin to focus in the breathing without attaching or stressing about it. Just relax and observe the breath.▪ As you breath in… observe it and release.▪ As you breath out… observe it and release.▪ Observing the rhythm of the breath is essential to relax the body and to practice releasing.▪ Use the out breath to practice releasing.▪ Relaxed smiling is good to use to help relax.▪ I often will use the phrase “Peace” (in breath)▪ “Release” (our breath)▪ Continue observing breathing until it becomes very subtle or almost unnoticeable.

🧘🏽‍♀️ SATIPATTHĀNA WARM UP (3-5 min)▪ “The Body”▪ As the breath fades, the mind relaxes, the body also begins to relax.▪ Observe the body as a (body) form. It’s not self, but only a shell, a rupa, that temporarily supports consciousness.▪ As observing, the body, let the breath and body fade.

🧘🏽‍♂️ SATIPATTHĀNA WARM UP (3-5 min)▪ “The Mind”▪ As the breath fades and the body relaxes, the mind tends to become active or stay busy.▪ As thoughts arise, don’t engage with them. Observe them and then let them fade.▪ They will rise and they will fall unless there is engagement to feed the thoughts.

☸️ SELF-GUIDED MEDITATION- Contemplate the positive results of your virtue and kamma.- Contemplate the positive results of your meditation practice.- Observe ways the mind conditions are being purified and gaining freedom from your training and practice.

Who gives, one’s virtues shall increase;

Who is self-curbed, no hatred bears;

Who so is skilled in virtue, evil shuns,

And by the rooting out of lust and hate.

And all delusion, comes to be at peace.

-Dīgha Nikāya 2.197

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