NOTES FOR BEGINNERS
THOSE PROCEEDING ALONG
SUNLUN WAY OF VIPASSANA
If you are one of those who are interested in steadfastly practising the
Sunlun way of meditation, the following questions are some which will occur
along the way. If you are not
fortunate enough to have someone to guide you and answer your questions, these
explanatory notes may be of some relevance to you.
However, at the outset, it should be made quite clear that the karma of each person is different from that of any other person;
even those of identical twins are different and karma definitely can be changed by means of meditation.
Therefore, if you are a beginner or one who has not yet started vipassana
(insight meditation), do not be alarmed by some of the questions which seem to
indicate that the Sunlun way is full of pain.
It is not the Sunlun method that causes the pain, but the bad and
unwholesome past deeds of the
meditator which causes pain to arise in him.
There are broadly two classes of meditators – firstly, those who have the kind of good karma
which leads to sukha padipada
(easy Path) and secondly, those who have the kind of bad karma
that leads to dukkha padipada
(difficult or painful Path). But
the majority belongs to the second class.
Both classes of meditators can surely and successfully reach the stage of
sottapanna in a ‘short’ time, though what is meant by ‘short’
in turn depends upon his karma.
Some have been successful within a period of just ten days of full-time
meditation, but we must remember that they were studious enough to have
performed ninety percent or more of the necessary vipassana
practice in their previous lives. Those
who have not yet fulfilled the required vipassana
(insight) in order to attain sottapanna
and later stages up to Nibbana will,
of course, have to meditate longer.
Irrespective of whether a person takes a long time or a short time to
reach Nibbana, there is also the difference in how easy or how painful the
path will be, as pointed out above, depending on that person’s previous good and bad deeds.
For example, persons who have caused great pain and many deaths to other
creatures or beings (including human beings and animals) in this and previous
lives will normally have to tread the painful path (dukkha
padipada). It does not matter
what system of meditation they follow, they will have to suffer, according to
the universal law of cause and effect, the same pain that they caused to others. Until these karmic
wrong doings have been eliminated, they cannot pass over to the stage of sottapanna
(the other side of the stream). Once
a person has become a sottapan, that
person will no longer be born in the Four Woeful States (apaya)
of animals, ghosts, demons and hell. For
this to happen, the pre-requisite is that the karmic
unwholesome deeds which would normally send one to these Four Woeful States have
to be all eliminated through vipassana
The Sunlun way seems to be more painful than the others, only because of
its remarkably speedier development of mental concentration (samadhi)
and its highly effective direct approach of mind over matter (observing
sensations). Sensations (pain)
arise more quickly and intensively, providing the chance of cleansing off the
effects of bad deeds more expeditiously.
One of the questions which may arise in a meditator’s
mind as he practises vipassana (not
while actually meditating because he is not supposed to be ‘thinking about extraneous things’ at that time, but during the off-hours) is, ‘what are the important factors that are responsible
for reducing and finally eliminating the bad karma due to past misdeeds?’.
Khanti (Forbearance, patience, bearing the onslaught of painful
sensations that arise upon prolonged maintenance of the same sitting posture
during the many continuous hours of proper meditation) is the factor most
responsible, particularly if carried out with true equanimity.
That is why, in Burma it is said that “Khanti
leads to Nibbana”.
Here another question may arise. What
is meant by true equanimity? Especially
for Westerners, the word equanimity may be unfamiliar and certainly the practice
of equanimity will be strange.
Equanimity, in this context, means that as the meditator experiences
painful or extremely painful (excruciating) sensations emanating from various
parts of the body, he should bear them without any thoughts of anger or
frustration. He should try to
remain calm and detached. If the
pain becomes overpowering so that he is unable to remain unaffected, then he
should concentrate the mind on the painful sensation, as already described in
the text. The amount of effort to do this should match the amount of
pain so that the pain no longer overpowers the mind, at the same time taking
care also that the effort does not completely overpower the pain.
The appropriate method is for the effort to be a little more powerful
than the pain, without the pain disappearing altogether.
In this way, the mind will be able to concentrate very effectively, and
gradually he will only be aware of the dukkha
sacca (suffering) aspect of his body without thinking of which part of the
body the painful sensations are coming from.
The reason why he should avoid thinking of the sensations as coming from
say, his ankle or his knee or his shinbone, etc., is that there is the risk of
the illusion of atta (I-self) arising,
whereas in reality, through meditation, one should be arriving at the
realization of anatta (no-self), which
is the true characteristic of the body, of the world and of life.
Equanimity, in the context of pleasurable sensations, means that as the
person experiences pleasant or enjoyable sensations, then he should not delight
in them, he should not hanker after them; otherwise he would get ensnared in tanha or yaga (attachment,
desire or lust) which belong to the area of loba (greed). As you
may know, loba, dosa and moha
(greed, hatred and delusion) are the three basic roots of all bad deeds.
Thus equanimity, in short, prevents all bad deeds from arising.
The ultimate goal of vipassana
meditation is to attain Nibbana. Exactly what is Nibbana
like? This is a question which may
assail a meditator, sooner or later on the path. To be truthful, an exact answer cannot be given except to say
that Nibbana is not fully describable
in mere words. Only by experience
can one know Nibbana and that
experience will come only upon achieving the stage of sottapanna.
So if one really wants to know about Nibbana,
one should steadfastly strive to reach the stage of sottapanna.
Do not be misled by the pain, which usually accompanies true meditation
for those of us not blessed with the good karma
of sukha padipada (easy Path),
that Nibbana will also be painful.
We have the word of the Buddha and of the arahats
to assure us that Nibbana is bliss and
An analogy may help in this instance.
Suppose that a man is travelling on foot through a hot and sandy desert. He will be subject to great pain and thirst due to the torrid
heat. But he knows that at the end
of the day he will arrive at a cool and shady oasis.
Though the heat and rigors of the desert are real and immediate to him,
he would understand that the oasis at the end of his path will be cool and
pleasant. In the same way, the yogi
will have to understand that though the path to sottapanna has to pass through painful experiences associated with
the elimination of one’s
past bad karma, the oasis of sottapanna
will, however, not be like the desert.
Some yogis may feel aching sensations at the back of the neck very soon
after sitting for vipassana and
commencing strenuous breathing. This
may be due to incorrect sitting posture. If
so, the aching pain may be relieved by sitting more upright, trying to keep the
back as straight as possible and inclining the head either up or down so as to
lessen the pain.
At the Sunlun Monastery in Rangoon, the meditation sessions are preceded
by the following Prayer/Parigan:
Namo Tassa Bhagavato
(Repeat three times)
(Its meaning is: Homage to the Buddha who is revered by devas and mankind and who has achieved Supreme Enlightenment.)
I have committed any evil physical deeds (large or small), any evil verbal deeds
(large or small), any evil mental deeds (large or small), against the Lord
Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha, my
parents, teachers and all sentient beings, from the beginning of Samsara
up to the present moment, then I bow down and pray for forgiveness for having
done every evil deed against any living being.
Buddha, during the duration of this meditation session, I donate my five khandhas
for the purpose of attaining Nibbana.
Sunlun Gu-Kyaung Sayadaw, during the duration of this meditation session, I
donate my five khandhas for the purpose of attaining Nibbana.
all beings who are subject to rebirth in the 31 States of samsara
share this merit with all the beings in the 31 States.
Please share in my merit by calling sadhu.
wish to share in all the meritorious deeds done by good beings — Sadhu,
The practical purpose of reciting this prayer/parigan is to try to settle one’s mind (which normally has been distracted with mundane things throughout the day) before the meditation. It is like sweeping dust before you sit down at a place; a preparation before the actual task.
A yogi may ask — is it an absolute necessity to recite this prayer
before each and every meditation?
It is not an absolute necessity. One
may very well start the meditation without saying it.
But it helps, spiritually, to ask for forgiveness to whoever you may have
done wrong. And it is hoped that a
yogi who recites the above prayer/parigan will be at peace with all beings and
be able to meditate without any disturbances, especially from extraneous evil
A question may arise such as ‘How
much time should one devote to vipassana
meditation per day if a person is really interested in achieving some
The answer to this question depends upon the questioner.
If he can find the time, the ideal would be to spend all of his waking
hours to vipassana.
During the Buddha’s time, some arahats
even did seven or eight days and nights of continuous vipassana in order to reach their goal. But nowadays that would be unbelievable.
For someone who has to work for a living, finding even one or two hours
everyday for vipassana according to
the Sunlun method may be quite difficult and would necessitate good planning and
a sincere desire to make progress.
An analogy may be useful in this case.
Suppose that a man wished to fill up a tank having a capacity of 100
gallons with a precious and volatile liquid whose rate of evaporation, we will
assume (for argument’s sake), is half a gallon per 24 hours.
Now if he could collect and put in only a quarter of a gallon of this
liquid per day, then the tank would never be filled because the quarter gallon
would all have evaporated (during the past 24 hours) when he put in the next
On the other hand, if he were able to collect and put into the tank, say,
ten gallons per day of the liquid, then the next day there would still be 9½ gallons left in the tank (allowing for half a gallon
of evaporation loss). Thus in about
eleven consecutive days, the man could fill up the tank to its hundred gallon
Now, if he could not quite afford to collect that much liquid per day but
could collect, say, one gallon per day, then everyday a net input of half a
gallon per day would remain in the tank and after two hundred days or so, the
tank would become filled.
So also, if a person were to devote ten hours per day for vipassana
meditation, then in a short time, he would achieve significant results.
Whereas if that person were to devote only half an hour per day, he may
not achieve anything even after a fairly long period.
The reason is that like in the above analogy where the volatile liquid
evaporates away during the day, the samadhi
(power of mental concentration) attained during the intensive meditation
period ‘evaporates away’ (or in other words, partially lost) during the rest
of the day due to extraneous distractions, thoughts and lack of true
Suppose that someone has practised vipassana
according to his own interpretation of the Sunlun way for an hour per day
regularly for one hundred consecutive days, i.e., a little over three months and
he feels that he has not achieved any significant results.
At this time or later, he begins to feel doubts about the efficacy of his
meditation and doubts may also creep in as to whether it is of any use
continuing to do this meditation everyday.
There are various aspects to the situation described above.
The first concerns the term “significant
For Mr. A (who belongs to the category of “dukkha
the painful Path), the only result that he could hope for with only just one
hour per day of meditation will be to get the first level of samadhi
(the initial level of samadhi). That is, as he concentrated his mind on the sensation of
touch of the breath, as he practises anapana
(mindfulness of breathing) with his eyes closed, he may ‘see’
bright or coloured lights and geometrical pattern moving about.
[If he focuses his attention on them, they may gradually become still.]
However, by focusing his attention on these lights or pattern, he is
actually diverting his path from vipassana
(development of insight) to samatha
(development of power of mind). As
only vipassana can take one to Nibbana,
he should not focus on samatha.
It is like a traveller who wants to go to New York by plane from Hong
Kong. This traveller should get on
the New York bound plane at the Hong Kong airport and not get on the one bound
for say London or Paris if he wishes to reach New York.
For another aspect, let us say, he has followed the Sunlun way correctly,
putting in enough effort to be mindful of the touch of breath and later on the
bodily sensations. But the
sensations may be very little as to become oblivious for him to be mindful.
In such a situation, he should not feel disheartened.
He should realize that with just about an hour’s
vipassana with true mindfulness,
(compared to the remaining 23 hours of time when he is unmindful) that would be
about all the significant results that could be expected.
If he feels discontented with only this much of results, then he should
strive to devote more hours per day to mindfulness of touch while carrying out
other tasks. Better results would
be achieved of course, if more hours of vipassana
meditation itself is carried out everyday strictly in accordance with the Sunlun
With an hour’s meditation a day, he may not progress much with the
development of wisdom (insight) but he is accumulating essential merits (paramis)
everyday, laying the groundwork for the way to Nibbana.
His health may improve, his afflictions may gradually disappear and if
his motivation is good, his luck may improve as well, because what is called as
good luck in the English language is nothing but the result of good karmic
What better karmic deeds can
one do than true vipassana meditation?
It has been said that keeping sila
(abstaining from all evil deeds by keeping the moral Precepts) is better than dana
(charity), but in turn, bhavana
(meditation) is better than sila.
Out of all the meditations, vipassana
is the highest form of bhavana. That is why vipassana
can give immediate results.
For another scenario, let us say a person has tried to practise the
Sunlun method for over three months meditating daily for an hour a day.
But he thinks he has not achieved any significant results, not even the
first level of samadhi. In that case, firstly, he should try to put in longer time of
meditation with more rigorous mindfulness.
If that could not be achieved as well for whatever reason, the best
solution would be for him to go to Kaba Aye Sunlun Monastery in Burma for the
purpose of getting proper personal guidance by the Sayadaw (Abbot) of the
It could be that he is taking the
wrong approach of the Sunlun method or might have made mistaken interpretations
of the method. Or that, he might be
the victim of some particular bad karma which is seriously hindering his progress on the path to Nibbana. If such is the case, no amount of effort solely by the yogi
can improve his results. Only a
powerful intervention and intense supervision at the above Sunlun Monastery
would have a good chance of success.
There could be another scenario for a practising yogi.
He may find that he suffers boredom whenever he sits in meditation.
He may be a person who has actually received instruction at the Sunlun
Monastery, so in his case, the boredom or lack of results is not due to his not
knowing the correct method. His
fault is probably that after three months of practice, the novelty has worn off,
he has become lax and/or lazy. He
thus has a deficiency of what is called in Pali as sadha,
which is usually but inadequately translated as faith.
Sadha actually means much more than Faith in the Buddha, the Dhamma
(His Teachings) and the Sangha (the
Order of His Monks). It is also a
profound realization of the law of karma
– the law of cause and effect in the universe.
It is even more: it is an enthusiasm to do good deeds just for the sake
of doing good.
The remedy here is – he must generate sufficient enthusiasm, zeal and
effort, to continue to practise vipassana
with ardour or in other words “to
be rigorously mindful of the awareness of touch”. It
means that, instead of just breathing in and out mechanically and laxly, he
should breathe in and out strictly as described in the foregoing text on the
Sunlun way of Mindfulness. The
reason that he feels bored while sitting cross-legged for an hour or more in
meditation is that he has come to regard this meditation session as a task to be
done as one of his routines. Naturally,
his attitude degenerates into that of say, a schoolboy who is required to sit
one hour everyday at his desk to do his lessons.
The schoolboy is only interested to finish his chore and then want to run
away and play.
So also the yogi’s mind, which all through the millions of years of samsara,
has taken delight in wandering from pleasure to pleasure, feels bored at having
to stay still at the tip of his nostril or fixed at the sensation of touch. His mind finds the minutes and seconds during meditation seem
to be as long as days and hours due to his lack of interest.
What should this yogi do then –
who has taken meditation for granted? He
should seriously consider his own case. Is
he really still interested to get to Nibbana?
Is he still striving to get to the sottapanna
stage? If he analyzes himself
candidly, he will probably find that either he is not so interested as when he
started out in Vipassana or that due
to distractions, he has simply lost his ardent resolve to put forth unflinching
energy to achieve sottapanna.
If that is the verdict, then the solution is to revive the ardour he has
lost. He should think back to the
day when he decided to start meditating in earnest for magga-nana,
the knowledge of the path to Nibbana.
Probably at that time he acknowledged that living in seeming bliss, a
purely mundane life without vipassana was leading him nowhere but to any one of the four woeful
states (apaya) – those of hell, animal, ghosts (peta) and demons (asurake),
after his death. Even if he were
lucky in the next life to escape being reborn in one of these Four Woeful
Abodes, nevertheless, he would still be ensnared in the never-ending round of
rebirths called samsara.
The prospect of Nibbana and of sottapanna
as a first step towards Nibbana, then
must have appeared very essential to him as an escape from the dreadfulness of samsara
with its ever-attendant three characteristics of anicca,
dukkha and anatta.
In addition, at that time he must have acknowledged that the probability
of his becoming a human being in this universe was only about one in ten million
(there are tens of millions of devas,
animals, petas and other beings to every single human being in samsara)
and furthermore, that only a human being with good karma
could practise vipassana (because
beings in the Four Woeful Abodes do not have the necessary intelligence; and brahmas
and devas do not possess the kind of material body to carry out
strenuous breathing and awareness of painful sensations).
He then must have made his ardent resolve to practise vipassana
steadfastly for at least an hour everyday.
So also, now, months later after his initial resolve, when he finds
himself bored with doing the daily session of vipassana,
he should revive his ardour to the same peak by considering all the alternatives
and realizing what a glorious opportunity he is losing every time he does not
carry out vipassana earnestly.
After his ardour has been revived in this way, he would say his Prayer/Parigan
and start out the vipassana session by
breathing as strenuously as possible, frequently reminding himself of the
glorious opportunity he now has, to do strenuous breathing, because no other
beings except he and a few other lucky human beings can do this kind of vipassana. He will thus find his enthusiasm returning with each breath
and will also find his samadhi
improving due to the enhancement of his sadha
(faith) plus the fact that viriya
(perseverance) and other paramis (past
perfections)will arise as a result of his vigorous efforts.
And at the end of the hour, he would also have found he is not bored at
There is another possibility for this yogi.
He may find that after about three months of vipassana
meditation, with at least an hour devoted to each daily session, no further
progress is being made compared to the almost weekly improvement in his samadhi
during the earlier days. In this
kind of situation, he should try a week or ten days of intensive meditation.
What would be an ideal programme of intensive meditation?
The best would be for him to take leave from his work and go to the
Sunlun Monastery for intense meditation. If
that is not possible, he should go to some quiet place where he can be free to
pursue his meditation exercises as he pleases.
If his own home offers such a possibility, he may do his intensive
meditation at home, provided that he will have no distractions.
Then every morning, he should get up as early as is convenient, say at
sunrise, and after his toilet and morning breakfast, he may take an hour’s walk. While
walking at his normal pace, he should strive to be mindful of his feet touching
the ground and not let his mind wander around.
After walking, he goes to his place of meditation and sits down for the
morning session of vipassana, lasting
at least one and a half hours. It
is, of course, better to carry out vipassana
for a longer period preferably until all the unpleasant sensations have ceased.
Then he could take some exercise, have a bath and his mid-day meal.
After some rest, he should carry out his second vipassana session, with the same minimum period of one and a half
hours. He may find it more
convenient to have a longer period for this second session. Then he could take some more walking exercise, striving all
the time to be mindful of the sensation of touch.
Lastly, after his evening meal, he should carry out the third vipassana
session, this time at night, lasting one and a half hours or longer.
With this programme of intensive meditation, combined with mindfulness of
touch while walking, bathing, eating, etc., carried out for a week or longer, he
will soon notice a great improvement in his samadhi
and may even find his ways of life changing.
For instance, persons who had habitually slept the whole night through
till morning will find themselves sleeping only for a few hours at a time, thus
needing two or three or more naps before getting up in the morning.
Vice versa, persons who had slept two or more naps per night may find
themselves sleeping the whole night through.
Other more wonderful things or changes may also become manifest to him as
he pursues this programme of intensive meditation.
There is, however, one other eventuality which is pointedly different
from the situations already mentioned. Different
in that there is no lack of significant results, and no boredom or stagnation on
the part of the meditator.
It may arise in a yogi who has been doing vipassana
diligently for many months or even a much shorter period.
He has already acquired the first significant results of strong samadhi
and may be even other results. But
then, he begins to feel weary, he has no desire for tasty foods or fancy clothes
or other things he used to enjoy. His
outlook on life changes to that of detachment, or he sheds everything as anicca, dukkha or anatta
(Impermanence, Unpleasantness, Self-lessness).
He may also pass through a phase during which he becomes extremely afraid
of future lives or of human existence.
To the uninitiated, these may appear as negative results or as being
contradictory to what they expect as achievements on the way to sottapanna.
But actually he should be very happy because these are positive signs
that he has achieved significant results from his daily vipassana
sessions and he should, in fact, re-double his efforts in vipassana
because he is nearing the stage of sottapanna,
just as a runner in a competition, put in an extra burst of speed on nearing the
One word of caution, though. Because
he is being encouraged to do more meditation and to increase his mindfulness in
the periods between the meditation sessions so that he may soon reach the sottapanna stage, he should not become too obsessed or too desirous
of making this achievement. No
doubt it is a very worthy idea to become a sottapan
but nevertheless one should not become too desirous for it, otherwise this
desire (a kind of loba), being a
faulty root, akuthala hetu, will act
as a hindrance and achievement of the sottapanna
stage will not be possible. Therefore,
he should strive hard but do his meditation as a kind of duty and not with the
attitude of desire (loba).
A question may now be asked, “What are the signs of having achieved sottapanna?” Unlike
the previous questions to which full or brief answers are given, this is a
question which should not be answered to one who is not yet a sottapan, for fear of arousing what could be termed as ‘auto-suggestion’.
a person may ask, “How then will I know whether or not I have reached
the stage of sottapanna or when I
become a sottapan?” The
answer to this question is that (according to all those who have achieved this
result), one will surely know by oneself when one becomes a sottapan. This is because the stage of sottapanna
is such a landmark stage in this universe, and the process of vipassana
is so capable of giving intuitive liberating knowledge, that you will know by
yourself that you are a sottapan. So do not have any fear on this account.
As an example of the capability of vipassana
to give intuitive knowledge, it will become apparent to anyone practising vipassana
correctly that he will automatically know the answer to the question “What precepts should a yogi keep while striving for sottapanna?”
The answer to this question will be revealed in one of the vipassana
sessions to the yogi by his own mind. The
revelation will be as follows: every yogi who really aspires to tread the path
to sottapanna must faithfully keep the
Five Precepts as laid down by the Buddha. These
Five Moral Precepts should become so important to the yogi that he will
intuitively understand that if a choice does arise as to whether one should
sacrifice one’s life or to break one or more of the Precepts, the
answer is that one should not break the Precepts.
What are these Five Precepts?
Veramani Sikkhapadam Sammadhiyami
I vow to abstain from killing any living beings.
Veramani Sikkhapadam Sammadhiyami
I vow to abstain from stealing or taking anything which belongs to another without his/her consent.
sumiccha cara Veramani Sikkhapadam
vow to abstain from all wrongful sexual conduct.
Veramani Sikkhapadam Sammadhiyami
vow to abstain from telling falsehood.
I vow to abstain from all kinds of intoxicants and drugs which affect the mind.
Finally, these notes will be concluded by asking one of the questions which distinguishes the Sunlun method from most other methods.
This question will arise, sometime or the other, to a yogi who is
practising vipassana all by himself because even those yogi who do meditation
under the personal guidance of the Venerable U Vinaya, Abbot of the Kaba Aye
Sunlun Monastery, have to be reminded not to “think”
while meditating in accordance with the Sunlun method.
The question may be phrased along the following lines:
should I not think while doing strenuous breathing or while I am being mindful
of the sensations which arise during vipassana?
For instance, while contemplating the painful sensations, I may start to
think about how these pains are the confirmations of the three characteristics
of anicca, dukkha and anatta
(Impermanence, Unpleasantness and Self-lessness) within my own body.
And then I may go on to think how true are the words of the Buddha who
said that by realizing dukkha (Unpleasantness) within one’s body, one is able to find the way to Nibbana. Now these thoughts are good thoughts; they are not evil, so
why should I not think such kinds of thoughts?
To answer the above questions, it is best to reply in the words of the
Venerable Shin Vinaya when he gave a lecture on “The
Yogi and Vipassana” many years ago because these words are still as true
today as at that time.
“The first essential equipment of the yogi is a
concentrated mind. For only a
concentrated mind is a cleansed mind. And
only the mind which is cleansed of nivarana –
the five elements of sensual lust, ill will, torpor, agitation and doubt can
function properly to realize vipassana
insight. Therefore while doing
strenuous breathing or while being aware of the sensations, the yogi should not “think”, otherwise thoughts of the above five elements will
“Let us take an exercise, in-breathing and
out-breathing called in Pali as anapana……This exercise may be practised in the samatha
way or performed so as to realize vipassana.
For the vipassana way, breathe
in and out. Fix the mind on the
point of touch of breath. Be aware
only of the touch. Do not count, do
not try to know the degree of length of breath, and do not follow the breath
into the body or out into the beyond. For
the Sunlun way, do this breathing in and out as strenuously as possible.
Be aware of the sensation at the point of touch of breath.
Then ward and watch this awareness with mindfulness.
Do not make a mental note of it. When
the awareness is guarded with mindfulness, thoughts are locked out, they cannot
intrude. Thus no opportunity is
offered for the formation of concepts, images or ideas.”
“Our minds are ever so prone to create images and
ideas that, can we possibly get at processes as they are in themselves?
The answer is that it is possible to do so through vipassana
and the winning of intuitive liberating knowledge by the Sunlun method.”
“The yogi tends to be reflective, i.e., to think about
the task to be done rather than doing it. Concepts, images and ideas belong to the universe outside as
we made them up through name-calling, conceptualization and therefore are
concerned with samatha.
Only the vipassana method, when
the touch alone is taken in its bare awareness and this awareness guarded with
mindfulness, is free from ideas and images.
Thereby, the processes are got at directly in the very moment of
occurrence, as they are in themselves without the distortion of thought.”
“Thoughts always tend to intrude.
The only way to keep up with the processes, to be mindful of them, is to
exercise vigilance through a rigour of effort.
That is why in a motto, the Sunlun Gu-Kyaung Sayadaw U Kawi said that
must be rigorously mindful of the awareness of touch.”
Every yogi who aspires to Nibbana
should bear this motto in mind.
May all beings be happy.