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“Sariputra, if there are people who have already made the vow, who now make the vow, or who are about to make the vow, ‘I desire to be born in Amitabha’s country,’ these people, whether born in the past, now being born, or to be born in the future, all will irreversibly attain to anuttarasamyaksambodhi. Therefore, Sariputra, all good men and good women, if they are among those who have faith, should make the vow, ‘I will be born in that country.’”

~ Amitabha Sutra

When I obtain the Buddhahood, any being of the boundless and inconceivable Buddha-worlds of the ten quarters whose body if be touched by the rays of my splendour should not make his body and mind gentle and peaceful, in such a state that he is far more sublime than the gods and men, then may I not attain the enlightenment.

~ Amitabha Buddha's Thirty-Third Vow

Friday, May 25, 2007

How to practise vipassana (or mindfulness) in daily life?

Here are some chatlogs between myself (CK) or my friend (AEN), and my friend 'Thusness' who is a good practitioner, on 'how to practise vipassana in daily life'. I hope it will benefit anyone in the Path.

Ck: Thusness, how to practise vipassana in daily life?
Thusness: just observe every sensation.
Thusness: until one day u are able to experience "emptiness as form".
Thusness: then it becomes effortless.
Thusness: CK u cannot imagine the bliss when one clearly experiences that.
Thusness: but there is no point to over stress anything.
Thusness: *Smile*

Ck: Thusness just observe every sensation... give me an eg?
Thusness: when u breath, u don't have to care what is the right way of breathing, whether u breath hard or soft, smooth or fine...just experience as much clarity as u can...just that experience...regardless of what it is like.
Thusness: same for all other experiences.

Ck: what abt sound? hows it?
Thusness: when u hear, just the sound...the totality of the sound. There is no how but just to do away with all arbitary thoughts. Hear the sound as clear as u can be.
Ck: then what abt thoughts?
Ck: thoughts r v sticky *Sad*
Thusness: thoughts seldom arise if the practice is correct. If it arises, then not to chase after its meaning. Not to answer urself what it means, not to dwell in 'what'...then u will resort to just the moment of awareness.
Ck: when i try to be just openly aware, i notice that i jump from sense to sense
Ck: like one moment hearing, then touch, etc
Thusness: that is okie.
Thusness: our nature is so.

Ck: whats the right way to do it
Thusness: don't think that u should concentrate.
Thusness: ur only duty is to sense with as much clarity as possible.

Ck: and for all the sensations, i dun dwell in the 'what'?
Thusness: ur mind is looking for a way, a method
Thusness: but what that is needed is only the clarity.
Thusness: however because our mind is so molded and affect by our habitual propensities, it becomes difficult what that is direct and simple.
Thusness: just stop asking 'how', 'what', 'why'.
Thusness: and submerge into the moment.
Thusness: and experience.
Thusness: i perfer u to describe.
Thusness: not to ask how, what, why, when, where and who.
Thusness: only this is necessary.

Ck: ok
Thusness: if u practice immediately, u will understand.
Thusness: if u entertain who, what, where, when and how, u create more propensities and dull ur own luminosity.

Ck: i shuffle between self inquiry, observing sensations n thoughts, being aware... its ok right
Thusness: yes
Ck: means start work i'll hv even more propensities...
Thusness: that is when u do not understand what's awareness, but it is true to certain extend. *Smile*

Another conversation 'Thusness' with my friend, 'AEN':

Thusness: tell me what u think is awareness?
Thusness: in ur own words
Thusness: just say

AEN: just the knowingness, the sensation or thoughts etc
Thusness: look at the skin of ur hands
AEN: ok
Thusness: looks real?
AEN: yea
Thusness: touch it...feel it as much as u can
Thusness: can u don't think of a background

AEN: yea
Thusness: and know that, that is awareness?
AEN: ya
Thusness: that is all.

1 and a half year ago:

Thusness: so far what do u understand about awareness?
AEN: hmm like u say lor... awareness is never lost
Thusness: what is awareness right now?
Thusness: when u say thought arises, is thought awareness?

AEN: thought is not awareness, but there is awareness of thought
AEN: lol
Thusness: so what is thought?
Thusness: and where is awareness?
Thusness: same like taste, is the taste awareness?

AEN: i think u cant define awareness to a 'thing' :P
Thusness: so is taste or thought a thing? *Smile*
Thusness: u practice meditation now right?
Thusness: *Smile*

AEN: never practise for quite some time :P
AEN: taste or thought is not a thing
AEN: lol
Thusness: so do u think awareness is a party behind thinking thought or experiencing taste?
Thusness: *Smile*
Thusness: lol

AEN: no
Thusness: taste is not a thing, then what is it?
AEN: just the awareness
Thusness: experience this awareness with totality. *Smile*

~End of post~


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