You could learn about Kasina meditation from “Visuddhimagga (Path the create “Earth Kasina”(object) and describe how to do the meditation. Helo. some peoples say Kasina meditations are right to attain jhanas. some other peoples are skeptical and they say it is the right way: Nimitta. I have been reading “Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond”, and Ajahn Brahm very briefly (one sentence) refers to kasina meditation. I went and.
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3 Ways to Practice Kasina Meditation – wikiHow
Out of the 40 meditation subjects the Buddha taught and encouraged, Kasina meditations take up 10 of them. These are known simply as earth, water, fire, wind, blue, yellow, red, white, space and light. In practice these meditations have limited insight value, so are mostly taught as a means to develop concentration to be then used as an investigative tool.
It is because there is no one size fits all meditation, some practitioners are more inclined and naturally adept at certain types than others. The large range of 40 gives a more user-specific option. In one of the best source books of the subject, known as the Visuddhi Magga, it gives examples how a person knows for themselves if its the right type for them.
An example was someone gazing at a display of flowers noticed that a certain colour stood out vastly more apparent than the others, even when they closed their eyes. For some it was simply gazing at a candle or into space and noticed that it suddenly became visually different. In modern times, qualified meditation instructors who know which meditation is suitable for each person are rare so meditations such as Kasina types are often left for the more experimental practitioners interested in finding out what place they fit into the range of meditations.
To create this article, 11 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time. Firstly, make your kasina disc. It is best to select one of them that feels good to you, or one that you know had been apparent to you at some time or another, even if it seemed coincidental.
Some prefer a blue disc over a red one, some prefer the study of light over the study of fire. As it is all relative to each person there is no distinctly right or wrong, there is simply ones that will be effective and ones that won’t. All practitioners will vary subtly and in the same way they need to choose the right one for themselves if a qualified instructor cannot recommend one for them.
Its recommended to avoid ones which have little appeal as the practitioner will be spending some time observing it.
Here’s some basic instructions and suggestions to make your own: It is better to visit a craft store as the range of each colour from darkness to light as well as blended colour tone may seem more preferable to you than another similar tone of the same colour.
Use a dinner plate as a template to cut out a round disc. You can also paint a spot on the wall, but a card is simple to obtain and easier to keep tidy. Position your disc in a place you can sit and see it comfortably without developing any discomfort in the neck, shoulders etc.
You can use a chair and many work better with the use of one, however the height is important, as is how far away the Kasina is. This is relative, but choose a chair that is fairly low and will not strain the neck and the kasina should be close enough to be able to focus firmly on it, so neither too close nor too far. Observe the characteristic of your disc, such as repeating mentally “water, water” or “space, space” etc. You can use any word that appeals or feels relevant, but English only has limited words for things like light, the colours, water etc.
Repeating its characteristic helps focus solely on the subject rather than getting distracted with thoughts. Gaze gently at the disc and relax into it, as strong, rigid focus can create strain which can be a hindrance. Problematically for many is that the image most often appears when we aren’t paying it too much attention, such as when in day to day life we’re gazing into space a shadow image just happens. People who have been good at hidden picture puzzles or other optical puzzles have a head start as they are already familiar with persistent focus.
Eventually an image will arise from it, it might appear floating in front of the disc, or be the reverse image of it. It might move, or it might be still.
This can take some time so it is best not to practice this style of meditation if you cannot dedicate some real time to it. Common history tells the story of a man who spent 40 days in the desert and developed the earth kasina and some monks spend many months on the subject.
It might not happen immediately or quickly, so giving fair time is important to find out and to ,editation what does arise. mediation
Find yourself a quiet place with minimal disturbances if where you are is no longer suitable. Select a comfortable posture and the Do Mindful Meditation page has a look at the four styles to help you select one, although sitting, standing or reclining are the best types.
Observe the counterpart image once it is visible sometimes you will need the eyes shut, sometimes you don’t. It depends how well you focused on the original to how well it stays. Sometimes the image might last a few msditation, or a minute, or a fair while. If it fades away, go back and focus on the original again until the symbol appears again.
When the image arises, avoid speaking to other people, or using words mentally as that’s the easiest way to make the image go away. Its recommended you protect the image as something most precious and to observe it silently with word-less awareness. Keep observing the new image and noting the characteristic. Develop it, enrich it, make it kssina total focus of attention which does require gentle but consistent and persistent concentration.
Some images you can enlarge, some won’t – it depends on the type and the person. Let everything fade away so there is just the image and relax into it. Eventually the mind becomes fully absorbed into the image, which you can then use to develop insight. To develop it further ensure the mind is calm, bright and aware. Start examining a subject kaasina wish to study deeply.
The mind being more calmed kasiina less likely to distort what you are seeing and the deeper focus means meditatiob is easier to investigate things more deeply and quickly.
Some good subjects would be: The Four Noble Truths 2. The Noble Eightfold Path3. Cause and effect Karma 5. Mindfulness of the mind meditatoin body and how they interact with other factors.
The application and benefit of letting go and; 7. Application effects of the four Brahma Viharas, also known as goodwillcompassionappreciative joy and equanimity.
There are lots of types of meditation. Different types of meditation suite different people so try to find one that suits you the best.
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Tips A casual observer will note the similarity of hypnosis to this. Actually the two are really very similar. Hypnosis is the focus on an object until you reach absorption and both mental and physical deep relaxation. Meditation uses this as a means to an end – the way to develop insight and mental development.
Should you be able to develop absorption, keep practicing it, rather than let it lapse or treat it trivially meditationn it might not come back – ever.
The Buddhist analogies explain that the ones kasinx attained absorption in incredible speeds practiced kasina types. The mind also needs to be developed and calmed. It is sometimes 3 or 4 days or more of almost nothing but meditation practice such as breath meditationloving kindness etc before the mind lets meditatiom of its hindrances and can be turned towards developing these.
Warnings It is, according to the Buddhist analogies, the way to develop superhuman powers or “miracles”. Earth Kasina for example is said to develop Modification, Extension and Solidification. This is able to turn one substance into another, to extend a product the Visuddhimagga tells the story of a husband and wife who fed a huge crowd out of a cup of pancake batter by extending it and finally solidification medifation the ability to turn liquids into solids such as walking on water.
You shouldn’t practice these with this aim as you are missing the real goal and can cause far more obstacles towards developing understanding. Buddhist Meditation Print Edit Send fan mail to authors.
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