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(through the meditator having no desire for them), then all things are totally rejected, and this is the purpose of seeing fading away of all conditioned things. The definition of fading away is that all things are clearly seen to arise and then cease be in 62. Knowledge of Fading-away in the sense of cutting off (samucchedatthena khaye-nana). 63. cp. Anupassana Seventh Stage at p. 348. endless alternation, dependent on causes and conditions. As for fading away in the case of feeling (rapture),...

Introduction

For the first time in the English language a comprehensive manual of Buddhist meditation known as Anapanasati (the development of mindfulness of breathing) is available. Although this manual is primarily intended for the benefit of monks, it will greatly assist laymen, too, who wish to undertake a course of meditation but who do not have the guidance of a teacher. Originally published in Thai, this manual is one of the major works of the Ven. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and delivered in 1959 in the form...

Attainment Of Absorption

To understand the steps of the practice during the attainment of Jhana we must go back to the point at which the Counterpart Sign appears. Just before the appearance of the Counterpart Sign (patibhaga-nimitta) the Acquired Image (Uggaha-nimitta) becomes very clear the mind becomes very calm and the meditator feels contentment and satisfaction in the practice concentration comes so easily that it is hardly necessary to make any effort at all. These are all indications that the Counterpart Sign...

Preliminaries

Let it be said from the beginning a strict moral discipline must be kept to make progress in meditation. Moral discipline can be summed up under four headings 1 Restraint in accordance with the Disciplinary Code patimokkha and the additional minor rules 2 Restraint of the senses, that is, not reacting, neither liking nor disliking, when there is contact between any of the six sense organs eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind and its object form, sound, and so on 3 Purity of livelihood, which...

Anapanasati Stages i To iv

Having dealt with the necessary qualifications and the posture of the person who is to develop mindfulness, the Buddha went on to speak of the successive steps in concentrating on the breathing, as follows i Breathing out long, he knows, 'I' am breathing out long Breathing in long, he knows, 'I' am breathing in long. ii Breathing out short, he knows, 'I' am breathing out short Breathing in short, he knows, 'I' am breathing in short. iii Experiencing the whole body of breath , 'I' shall breathe...