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    • #15139
      Embodied
      Spectator

      Hello all.

      Mindfulness Flow(Fluidity), Indrya Bhavana & Satipattana

      From PureDhamma pdf page 189:
      – “Thus “indriya bhāvanā” is nothing but special application of the Satipaṭṭhāna bhāvanā. In fact,“indriya bhāvanā” is to be practiced not in a “sitting down” meditation session, but while one is doing normal day-to-day activities.”
      – “12.Thus only Arahants use their sense faculties as indriya ALL THE TIME. They do not form attachments to body touches, tastes, odors, sounds (music), pictures, or any type of concepts (thoughts).”

      The above brought to my mind the following:

      • I feel (vedana touch) the ground under my soles (touch) but only for a short time, not more than 3/5 secs thus preventing the formation of ayatana.
      • I see a “beautiful” building but only for a short time, not more than 3/5 secs, thus preventing the formation of ayatana.

      And so on : the same can be practiced with any of the 6 senses during everyday life, mindstream/thoughts included thus, but in this case for each arising bad thought one should immediatly replace it by a thought-intention that will neutralise the negativity of the bad thought.

      Any kind of comment welcome.

      Metta

    • #15141
      Lal
      Keymaster

      “I feel (vedana touch) the ground under my soles (touch) but only for a short time, not more than 3/5 secs thus preventing the formation of ayatana.

      I see a “beautiful” building but only for a short time, not more than 3/5 secs, thus preventing the formation of ayatana.”

      I am not sure what you mean by above. Are you trying to suppress all sensations?

      We should not make things hard. All one needs to do is to be aware of whether greed or hate arise in one’s mind, and to suppress those. It is very simple. The hard thing is to catch it quickly. But with practice, it becomes easier.

      An indriya becomes an ayatana only when the sense experience taken in by the indriya (say eyes), make one’s mind form greedy or hateful thoughts. If what is seen makes one greedy or hateful, stop looking at it, and focus attention on something different.

      On the other hand, if it makes one’s mind calmer by keeping a Buddha statue in the meditation room, that helps train the mind to use that image as one to focus on. Then, if even one does not have the Buddha Statue when one sees a tempting figure, one can bring the image of the Buddha statue the mind and thus help take the mind away from that tempting figure. That is just an example. Each person need to come up with ways on how to take one’s mind away from greedy or hateful thoughts when they arise.
      – Another way is to think about the harmful consequences of focusing on that tempting (or hateful) visual. This is what the Buddha recommended as a general solution.

      • #15145
        Embodied
        Spectator

        “I am not sure what you mean by above. Are you trying to suppress all sensations?” :
        – Not at all. It’s a tool to dissolve any eventual mental fermentation related to any sensing and to intensify here-and-now-awareness.
        One more example: supposing that i’m eating something usually considered tasty, to prevent me from being overflowed by defilement related to such sensing i move my attention to another sensing…and so on.
        Or as you very well put : “An indriya becomes an ayatana only when the sense experience taken in by the indriya (say eyes), make one’s mind form greedy or hateful thoughts. If what is seen makes one greedy or hateful, stop looking at it, and focus attention on something different.

        Thanks for the concise counselling, Lal.

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