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You may have heard that you should be mindful all the time, whether you are at home or in the office, or on the bus or in your car or in somebody else’s car, etc. You may interpret this advice to mean that you should keep your mind focused all the time on your breath. While driving, if you simply
Samma Samadhi (Right Concentration) by Dr Diong Kok Hui
“´This Dhamma is for one with samádhi, not for one without samádhi.´ So it was said. For what reason was this said? Here a monk enters and abides in the first jhána … second jhána … third jhána … fourth jhána.” AN 8.30
Recently, we ran a 4 sessions mindfulness meditation workshop with our SLBS teens. Each session was conducted in 1 hour during the Sunday Dhamma class for 4 consecutive Sundays.
The focus was on mindfulness of the body, feelings and thoughts.
Below is a short write up (about 19 pages) on what we did
I once set out to get rid of my self.
My self was causing all sorts of problems, or so I thought.
It was seeking.
It was suffering.
Telling stories of self-importance.
My sole interest was to be rid of this pesky self. All happiness would come to me, once I was rid of this damn thing, or so I thought.
Teacher : So…have you been practicing as I have taught?
Student : Yes, sir. Apart from my timed sittings, I have also been trying to be aware of the times when I feel happy, sad or angry.
Teacher : And have you been successful?
Student : Not really. There are times when it takes me days before I realized
(This is a sharing on near death experience (NDE) which I received from Bro. Punna’s mailing group. I find it interesting and would like to share it here.)
We at Metta Lodge in JB are very grateful that we had a speaker who willingly shared with us her Near Death Experience. While we had read about NDEs or heard about it, it was never in the first person, hence the opportunity to hear about directly and the opportunity to discuss and have fellowship with such a person was priceless.
Even more important, the speaker is not by family or training a Buddhist, hence to us this is an independent opinion, not one conditioned by what is tradition or education.
The speaker is a highly trained medical professional with post graduate qualifications and specialty practise, we respect her privacy hence her name is not mentioned. In the 16 years since the event, she had shared with only a select core; when she first woke up and related the experience, almost all told her that she had a very traumatic experience and that she should forget it!
Inner peace does not come from transient things such as wealth or fame. Inner peace comes from a purified mind.
There are three kinds of mental states:
1. Mental states that are unwholesome, unbeneficial and unskillful; these kinds of thoughts create bad habits that lead one away from