THE DAILY CUSHION

📜 DIGHA NIKAYA 8 – The Longer Discourse on the Lion’s Roar

“Marks of ‘The Lions Roar’ of The Buddha” by Steve Lin

❤️ “What should be said is this:

☀️ ‘The ascetic Gotama roars his lion’s roar;

👉🏽 he roars it in an assembly;
👉🏽 he roars it boldly;
👉🏽 they question him;
👉🏽 he answers their questions;
👉🏽 his answers are satisfactory;
👉🏽 they think him worth listening to;
👉🏽 they’re confident after listening;
👉🏽 they show their confidence;
👉🏽 they practice accordingly; and
👉🏽 they succeed in their practice.’

Full Sutta …. please read.
https://suttacentral.net/dn8/en/sujato

📜 THREE INSIGHTS FROM SUTTA

📌 Doubts will arise when we get our focus off the core teachings of The Buddha.

📌 Stream-entry (sotapanna) includes faith and confidence in The Buddha and his teachings from the suttas.

📌 To get rid of doubt of The Buddha and his teachings, focus on the study of the suttas, listening to quality dhamma talks, and practice the teachings including regular meditation.

🙏 TIPS FOR MEDITATION FROM SUTTA

📌 Observe any doubts that arise in thoughts and in meditation.

📌 Observe the cause of those doubts in thoughts and meditation.

📌 Release those thoughts about “causes”and doubts … replacing with faith growing thoughts.

When doubts arise… it’s important to recognize that doubt for what it is. But that’s not enough. Doubts arise from a cause… which needs to be understood. Look for insights in the causes of the doubts. What is fueling doubts?

🙏 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

📌 Focus the mind on The Buddha roaring his teachings in an assembly.

📌 Focus the mind on The Buddha roaring his teachings boldly.

📌 Focus the mind on The Buddha roaring his teachings where people can question him and he answers their questions.

📌 Focus the mind on The Buddha roaring his teachings with answers that are satisfactory.

📌 Focus the mind on The Buddha roaring his teachings where students think him worth listening to.

📌 Focus the mind on The Buddha roaring his teachings where they’re confident after listening.

📌 Focus the mind on The Buddha roaring his teachings they are able show their confidence.

📌 Focus the mind on The Buddha roaring his teachings and the students practice accordingly to those teachings.

📌 Focus the mind on The Buddha roaring his teachings and those who listen and practice the teachings are ‘successful in their practice.’

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