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Contemplation of Mind ( Cittanupassana )| Vipassana Meditation

Contemplation of Mind ( Cittanupassana )| Vipassana Meditation

The mind here is a natural phenomenon or state of nature. It usually thinks and perceives objects, thus the meditator should contemplate as it really is. To contemplate the mind one is normally fascinated by the objects whether they are near or far, and the meditator should take care here.. If a wrong practice arises, not only will the mind be confused and agitated, but the meditator will also get stressed and dizzy. This is an important problem and impediment to the meditator who lacks in knowledge to contemplate the mind. Since the mind easily slips away from being neutral, before starting to contemplate, the meditator should keep the mind in place as if nothing has happened to establish a neutral mind, neither liking nor disliking. To realize reality as it is wise consideration is important. Do not think of or imagine anything. Simply contemplate and perceive reality as it happens, exists and passes away. Keep doing it until liberation from the attachment is achieved. Remember that the duty to think belongs to nothing, except the mind. The only thing one should do is to contemplate, not to create a new object to trouble oneself.

Method of Practice

The method of contemplating the state of thinking or the mind is made up of a wide range of objects, and is as follows :

When the mind is lustful, "lustful, lustful, lustful" should be noted. If the lust happens in the state of activities such as standing, walking, sitting, and sleeping, the meditator should constantly contemplate it until it disappears. Do the same in case of hate. If contemplating well, the meditator will perceive only the state of the mind: at that moment, the meditator will be free from being self or others. In other words, the mind at the supreme state has been experienced in which the defilements cannot arise. Ifthis happens only intermittently, it will be difficult to pass away, because lust, hate, and delusion easily arise. The meditator should contemplate fast, intensely and constantly to gain energy and lessen the gap so that the other objects scarsely interrupt.

Alternatively, the meditator may contemplate insistently, firmly, for a short period each time or in a gentle manner to remain relaxed. For instance, when thinking, note "thinking, thinking, thinking" insistently, slowly, and firmly to remain relaxed. This method is in contrast to the earlier instruction (contemplating fast, intensely, and attentively), which makes the meditator easily stressed because the mind is too oppressive. Therefore, the proper method should be taken. A combined method sometimes can be applied to generate energy, master a conscious mind, and remain relaxed. Whatever the method is used, the basic practices are the same.

When missing, note "missing, missing, missing"
When thinking, note "thinking, thinking, thinking".
When imagining, note "imagining, imagining, imagining".
When irritated, note "irritated, irritated, irritated".
When beingannoyed, note "annoyed, annoyed, annoyed".
When depressed, note "depressed, depressed, depressed".
When empty, note "empty, empty, empty".
When tranquil, note "tranquil, tranquil, tranquil".
When steady, note "steady, steady, steady", and so on.

The meditator may find that it is difficult to contemplate the mind at every single moment, sometimes well and sometimes poorly. But he/she should keep practicing and think what he/she is doing now is to pave the way for purification from the defilements. Explained here is part of the development of mind according to the Four Foundations of Mindfulness meditation named "Cittanupassana".


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