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--- rikpa21 <rikpa21@...
> wrote: >
Nina is discussing anapansati in detail with Rob Ep and Larry and Rob K
also got back to part of your well-written post. You ended with this
> Perhaps one helpful question to answer for oneself is, "how long can
> it is possible to maintain unbroken mindfulness, even while
> sitting?" If the answer is "for a few seconds" or even "for a few
> minutes," then I submit there is a lot of bhavana needed before
> mindfulness and concentration are well-enough established to arise
> amidst daily activities, consistently, to the point they yield the
> fruits of the Holy Path. I realize this is one opinion only, but it
> is entirely consistent with what I've been taught and most
> importantly, in experience (not pretending to have mindfulness in
> all daily life situations though! Much bhavana needed for that
> yet! :).
A few brief comments only:
1. When you came to Thailand, I remember you intended to study the
Abhidhamma carefully. How does this idea of maintaining unbroken
mindfulness fit in with these studies?
Please also look at comments on this in the following post:
2. In the suttas we read about the value of a finger-snap of awareness
and wholesome states. Isnt it better to accept conditioned dhammas
--whether kusala, akusala, vipaka or kiriya -- with equanimity rather than
striving or trying to maintain unbroken mindfulness with an idea of self
and attachment for it?
3. When there is any concern or wishing for fruits of the Holy Path it
seems there isnt any minfulness now. Life is very short -- just this
moment. As you suggest, there is little mindfulness. There is also little
understanding of mindfulness or the objects of mindfulness most the time.
As we know, right understanding of namas and rupas is essential and it can
only ever arise at the present moment. In what way are these realities any
more real and any more likely to be objects of mindfulness at other
specific times. Its true there is a lot of ignorance, forgetfulness and
other kilesa now. It takes courage (and good cheer) to face up to and
accept what is conditioned already and to understand these dhammas as
4. What is the role of concentration? Is there an idea that self has to
concentrate on an object such as breath? In what way is this wholesome and
different from concentrating on any other object? Is there concentration
now? Is there the idea that there should be more concentration? What is
the present mind-state when we think like this?
Erik, meanwhile we look forward to seeing you very soon and hope that at
an appropriate time you will give DSG an update on how youre getting on
and any happy news to share as you have many friends here;-)
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