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Contemplation of Other Activities | Vipassana Meditation

Contemplation of Other Activities | Vipassana Meditation

A. Principle :

Abhikante patikkante sampajanakari hoti, alokite vilokite sampajanakari hoti, samminjite pasarite sampajanakari hoti, samghatipattacivaradhane sampajanakari hoti, asite pite khayite sayite sampajanakari hoti, ucarapassavakamme sampajanakari hoti, gate thite nisinne sutte jagarite bhasite tunhibhave sampajanakari hoti.

"the meditator should be always aware of walking forward and backward, be always aware of seeing and looking, be always aware of folding and stretching, be always aware of possessing of the outer robe of a Buddhist monk and alms-bowl, be always aware of having food, drinking, chewing, and tasting, be always aware of discharging organic waste, be always aware of walking, standing, lying down, waking up, speaking, sitting and so on."

B. Method :

  1. Fix the mind on the body movements, when contemplating the activities;
  2. While contemplating, the mind, awareness, and noted words must come together;
  3. Contemplate slowly and continuously;
  4. When there is an object or phenomenon arising to interrupt, concurrently contemplate as it happens until it disappears, then resume the contemplation of the previous activity.

C. Things to be Cautious About

  1. do not stare at the object of attention or the body;
  2. do any activity naturally, not forcedly;
  3. while contemplating, do not speak out loudly or shout;
  4. do not contemplate the state of rising and falling of the abdomen.

D. Exceptions

  1. Speak out loudly in order to understand the practice correctly;
  2. Do yoga or exercise to stay relaxed or alleviate drowsiness;
  3. Take a walk for natural sight-seeing to release emotions or relaxthe rigid mind.

Examples of contemplation of other activities

  1. Method of the contemplation of having food
  2. The meditator should contemplate the movement of the activity from the beginning to the end of the process. Start contemplating the movement of walking and taking a seat. When seeing the food, note "seeing". When wanting to eat, note "wanting". When touching, grasping, lifting, and dropping the spoon, note "touching", "grasping", "lifting", "dropping" respectively. When taking the food, note "taking". When moving the spoon to the mouth, note "moving". When opening the mouth, note "opening". When putting the food into the mouth, note "putting". When closing the mouth, note "closing". When pulling the spoon out, note "pulling". When dropping the spoon, note "dropping. When placing the spoon down, note "placing".When chewing, note "chewing". When moving the tongue, note "moving".Try to be aware of the state that the teeth grind the food, then when swallowing, note swallowing", follow the movement until the food drops down into the stomach. At the beginning, the meditator probably finds it is difficult to contemplate the taste of the food, so keep following the advice of the master carefully. When the time comes, the state or condition will be experienced. The meditator contemplates the activity of having food through the entire process, then contemplates the state of standing and moving away.

  3. Method of the contemplation of taking a shower
  4. When taking a shower, try to contemplate the state or feeling that is obviously perceivable and contemplate only one at a time, for instance, start a contemplation of opening a restroom door. When reaching the arm to the door or doorknob, note "reaching". When moving the hand, note "moving". When touching, grasping, turning, and pushing the doorknob, note "touching", "grasping", "turning", and "pushing" respectively. When walking forward, note "forward". When making a turn, note "turning". When walking backward, note "backward". When closing and locking the door, note "closing" and "locking". When looking over inside, note "looking over". When taking off the clothes, note "taking off". Remember that whatever movement or action happens should be noted, for example, touching the faucet, turning on the heater, touching the water, opening, grasping, folding, taking, pouring, feeling cool, warm or hot, scrubbing and washing, feeling soft, hard, fresh, satisfied or unsatisfied, and so on. The meditator contemplates this activity until he leaves the restroom. It is recommended to contemplate throughly as much as possible.

  5. Method of the contemplation of going up and down stairs
  6. Whenever going up and down stairs, the meditator should attentively contemplate from the fist to the last step. When getting on or, note "lifting, pressing", then proceed walking at the stage advised by the master. The methods to contemplate the activities of face washing, teeth brushing, drinking, washing and cleaning things, and so on are the same.


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