WHAT IS THE RIGHT ATTITUDE FOR MEDITATION?
(By U Tejaniya Ė Shwe Oo Min)
The most important thing when you are meditating is to have the right attitude.
Donít focus too hard
Donít try to create something
Donít force or restrict yourself
2.Donít try to create
anything But donít reject what is happening
But as things happen or stop happening, donít forget
Be aware of them
3.Trying to create
something is lobha (greed)
Rejecting what is happening is dosa (aversion)
Not knowing if something is happening
or has stopped happening is moha (delusion)
4.Only when the
observing mind has no lobha, dosa, nor soka (worry/anxiety) inside it,
then the meditating mind will arise
5.You have to double check to see what attitude you are meditating with
6.You have to accept and watch both good and bad experiences
7.You only want good
You donít want even the tiniest unpleasant experience
Is this fair? Is this the way of the Dhamma?
8.Donít have any expectations
Donít want anything
Donít be anxious
Because if these attitudes are in your mind,
It becomes difficult to meditate
9.Why are you focusing
so hard when you meditate?
You want something to happen?
You want something to stop happening?
It is likely that one of these attitudes is there
10.If the mind is getting tired
something is wrong with the way you are practicing
11.You cannot practice when the mind is tense
12.If the mind and body are getting tired
it is time to check the way you are meditating
13.Meditating is waiting and watching
14.Donít practice with a mind that wants something
or wants something to happen
The only result will be that you will tire yourself
15.The meditating mind should be relaxed and at peace
16.Both the mind and the body should be comfortable
17.A light and free mind enables you to meditate well
Do you have the right attitude?
Whatever happens good or bad,
Accepting, relaxing and watching it
19.What is the mind doing?
Thinking? Or being aware?
20.Where is the mind now?
Inside? Or outside? (of oneself)
21.Is the watching/observing mind
Or only superficially aware?
22.You are not
trying to make things turn out
the way you want it to happen
you are trying to know what is happening as it is
disturbed by the thinking mind
You are not practicing to prevent thinking
To recognize and acknowledge thinking whenever it arises
is what you are practicing
24.You are not supposed to reject the object
(phenomena/things that are happening/being known)
You are to know (and thus note/observe) the defilementís
that arise because of the object and thus remove them
25.Only when there is Saddha (Faith), Viriya (energy) will
Only when there is Viriya, Sati (mindfulness) will become continuous
Only when Sati is continuous, Samadhi will become established
Only when Samadhi is established, then you will know
things as they really are, Saddha then increases further
26.Just pay attention to what is exactly in the present moment
Donít go to the past!
Donít plan for the future!
27.The object is
The mind that is working in the background Ė
working to be aware i.e. the observing mind is more important
If the observing (mind) is done with the right attitude the
object will be the right object
(Text from U Tejaniya - Shwe Oo Min)