By BHIKKU KHANTIPALO
This handbook, through an skilled Buddhist, has been written which will be simply available additionally to the reader who understands not anything approximately meditation, but in addition comprises wisdom and event that may be won purely via perform.
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More about them individually will be said in the next chapter. ) is present’, (ii) when absent know ‘sensual desire is not present’, (iii) know how arising of unarisen sensual desire comes to be, (iv) know how abandonment of arisen sensual desire comes to be, (v) know how the future non-arising of abandoned sensual desire comes to be. This contemplation is aimed at only insight so here with bare awareness the meditator gives his attention only to presence, absence, arising process, cessation process with effort, and the process to use in future for abandoning the hindrances.
The next chapter reviews them in detail. 4. Contemplation of Mental Events This includes the most subtle aspects of Dhamma, the fleeting ‘events’ or dhammas that arise and pass away. Mindfulness needs to be very acute to detect this process of change and there are few people therefore, whose practice begins with these exercises. It is more common to arrive at them after having practised one of the previous contemplations which sharpen perception and provide a base for this one. An example of a person who used this method without any need to practise (due to past excellent kamma), was Venerable Sāriputta, the Buddha’s right-hand chief disciple.
A meditator could easily develop them off-balance, for instance, by becoming addicted to rapture or tranquillity at the expense of mindfulness and effort and this is where, again, the advice of a Teacher is most helpful. Something more on balance of mental factors will be said in the next chapter. After noting the leading place given to mindfulness here, one should be clear about the meaning of the second factor, investigation of dhammas. This does not mean the Buddha’s Teaching or Dhamma but refers to events (dhammas) arising and passing away in the meditator’s mind.