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Empty mind meditation technique

Empty mind mediation system

Buddha is the best meditation master we have ever heard and known of, he was the only one to have discovered and expounded the proper technique of meditation that eventuated in enlightenment or liberation from suffering, as many would know.   

One day the person who called Bahiya Daru cirya visited Buddha and asked how to become enlighten .Buddha said to him in four steps as follows ….

When he practiced the said 4 steps he attained enlightenment within 2 hrs. (Thipitakaya Bahiya Daru chirya suthra) so this meditation center believes that this is the best mediation system to follow.

The Bāhiya teaching

1, diṭṭhe   diṭṭha,mattaṁ bhavissati

“In that case, you should train yourself, in reference to seen there will only be seen, no one seeing or there is no person, (after you close your eyes you start to see some things)

2, sute suta,mattaṁ havissati

“When you heard something, in reference to heard, there is only heard and no one hearing (even you doing meditation you can’t stop hearing)

3, mute muta,mattaṁ bhavissati

“In reference to sense there will only be sense no one sensing (this sense means while you doing meditation you going to feel body sensatioons – e.g. breathe, pains and aches)

4,  viññāte viññāta,mattaṁ bhavissati

“When we cognized (to perceive, become aware of, or know) (just down loadings) there will be only cognized.

In brief Gautama the Buddha said ….

That is how you should train yourself. When for you there will be only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the sensed in reference to the sensed, only the cognized in reference to the cognized, then, Bahiya, there is no you in terms of that. When there is no you in terms of that, there is no you there. When there is no you there, you are neither here nor you’re there nor between the two. This, just this, is the end of stress.”

Following or sending your mind after those. When you don’t analyse or giving any response to those things your mind becomes empty.

Nirvana or Enlightenment is mental stage of emptiness.

Emptiness is not empty it’s full of emptiness

 

 

 

 

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The technique of Meditation

The technique of Meditation is a simple, practical way to achieve true peace of mind and lead a happy, useful life. Meditation means “to see things as they really are”; it is a logical process of mental purification through self-observation.

From time to time, we all experience agitation, frustration and disharmony. When we suffer, we do not keep our misery limited to ourselves; instead, we keep distributing it to others. Certainly this isn’t a proper way to live. We all long to live in peace within ourselves, and with those around us. After all, human beings are social beings: we have to live and interact with others. How, then, can we live peacefully? How can we remain harmonious to ourselves, and maintain peace and harmony around us?

Meditation enables us to experience peace and harmony: it purifies the mind, freeing it from suffering and the deep-seated causes of suffering. The practice leads step-by-step to the highest spiritual goal of full liberation from all mental defilement.

During the Buddha’s time, large number of people in northern India were freed from the bonds of suffering by practicing Mediation, allowing them to attain high levels of mental achievement in all spheres of life. Over time, the technique spread to the neighboring countries like Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand and others, where it had the same ennobling effect.

Five centuries after the Buddha, The purity of the teaching was lost almost everywhere. In the country of Burma, however, it was preserved by a chain of devoted teachers. From generation to generation, over two thousand years, this dedicated lineage transmitted the technique in its pristine purity.

However, they are free to discuss meditation questions with the teacher and material problems with the management.

There are three steps to the training. First, the students practice abstinence from actions which causes harm. They undertake five moral precepts, practicing abstention from killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct and the use of intoxicants. The observation of these precepts allows the mind to calm down sufficiently to proceed with the task at hand. Second, for the first three-and-a-half days, students practice Anapana sati meditation, focusing attention on the breath. This practice helps to develop control over the unruly mind.

These first two steps of living a wholesome life and developing control of the mind are necessary and beneficial, but are incomplete unless the third step is taken: purifying the mind of underlying negativeness. The third step, undertaken for the last six-and-a-half days, is the practice of meditation: one penetrates one’s entire physical and mental structure with the clarity of insight.

A Non-Sectarian Technique

Although Mediation has been preserved in the Buddhist tradition, it contains nothing of a sectarian nature, and is accepted and applied by people from all corners of the world. The Buddha himself taught Dhamma (the way, the truth, the path). He did not call his followers “Buddhists”; he referred to them as “Dhammists” (those who follow the truth). The technique works on the basis that all human beings share the same problems, and a pragmatic method which can eradicate these problems can be universally practiced.

Meditation courses are open to anyone, who sincerely wishes to learn the technique, irrespective of race, caste, faith or nationality. As well as members of other religions have all successfully practiced Meditation. The malady is universal; therefore, the remedy has to be universal as well. For example, when we experience anger, this anger is not Christian anger, Chinese anger or American anger. Similarly, love and compassion is not the strict province of any community or creed: they are universal human qualities resulting from purity of mind. People from all backgrounds who practice Meditation find that they become better human beings.

The Present-day World Environment

Developments in the fields of science and technology, in transportation, communications, agriculture and medicine, have revolutionized human life at the material level. But, in actuality, this progress is only superficial: underneath, modern men and women are living in conditions of great mental and emotional stress, even in developed and affluent countries.

The problems and conflicts arising out of racial, ethnic, sectarian and caste prejudices affect the citizens of every country. Poverty, warfare, weapons of mass destruction, disease, drug addiction, the threat of terrorism, epidemic environmental devastation and the general decline of moral values-all cast a dark shadow on the future of civilization. One needs only one glance at the front page of a daily newspaper to be reminded of the acute suffering and deep despair which afflict the inhabitants of our planet.

Is there a way out of these seemingly insolvable problems? The answer is unequivocally, yes. All over the world today, the winds of change are readily apparent. People everywhere are eager to find a method which can bring peace and harmony; restore confidence in the efficacy of wholesome human qualities; and create an environment of freedom and security from all types of exploitation-social, religious and economic. Meditation can be such a method.

Meditation and Social Change

The technique of Meditation is a path leading to freedom from all suffering; it eradicates the craving, aversion and ignorance in simple words greed, hatred and delusion which are the basis of all our miseries. Those who practice meditation will start removing, little by little, the root causes of their suffering and steadily emerge from the darkness of former tensions to lead happy, healthy, productive lives. There are many examples bearing testimony to this fact.

The individual is the key: he or she must be treated with love and compassion; he must be trained to improve himself-not by exhortations to follow moral precepts, but by being instilled with the authentic desire to change. He must be taught to explore himself, to initiate a process which can bring about transformation and lead to purification of mind. This is the only change which will be enduring, and which will stand the test of time.

Meditation has the capacity to transform the human mind and character. It is an opportunity awaiting all who sincerely wish to make the effort.

 

What is Nirvana? (is life’s final destination)

“Nirvana” is a Sanskrit word. It means “to cease blowing” or “extinguishing” implying that passions and desires are non-existent or “unbinding” implying that freeing of the mind can be achieved by having merit meditation.

Nirvana is the supreme state of being free of all suffering and individual existence. It is a state Buddhists refer to as “Enlightenment”. It is the ultimate goal of all Buddhists. The attainment of nirvana breaks the otherwise endless cycle of rebirth. Buddhists also consider nirvana as freedom from all worldly concerns such as greed, hate, and ignorance. No one can describe in words what nirvana is of course as it can only be experienced by one and it is beyond words in any language.

In Theravada Buddhism, Nirvana (spelled “Nibbana” in Pali) is understood to be an “unbinding” of the mind from defilement, in particular the Three Poisons, and the mental “effluents” of sensuality, views, becoming, and ignorance. It is a liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth and freedom from the effects of karma.

Nirvana is a Buddhist concept of an ideal state where the energy of life is fully liberated from the cycle of death and rebirth. Nirvana is experienced while living and beyond and (Siddharta) Gautama Buddha experienced nirvana while sitting under the bodhi tree. Nirvana is called a spiritual enlightenment and cessation of all human sufferings, ignited by lust, delusion and anger. It is also known as awakening from the delusion of life.

Can call this position – state of No Thought or “thought-free” state , mind without mind or Zero State of Mind