10 Aug. Buddho, Buddho, Buddho.

Last night, a half an hour: 20 minutes of Buddho followed by 10 minutes of anapanasati. Observation: unpleasant thoughts dissolved quickly and unexpectedly in Buddho repetition. Just like that. As long as I maintained "bud" on the inhale and "ho" on the exhale. And when I say unpleasant, I mean: hurtful, sad, aggravating thoughts. This … Continue reading 10 Aug. Buddho, Buddho, Buddho.

5 Aug. Forget about the jhanas.

Saturday morning. My kids slept in allowing me to sit for a full hour. I started off with a few minutes of buddhanussati (recollection of the Buddha). Just enough to remind myself where I was hoping to be going... Next 15 minutes: mantra practice. Much easier to focus on the mantra than on the breath or the body. Remaining 40 minutes - anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing). When distracted by thoughts, I simply acknowledged them. I remembered: … Continue reading 5 Aug. Forget about the jhanas.

3 Aug. Meditating with wife.

I introduced my wife to meditation last night. I said: Sit straight, close your eyes, breathe through your nose, push your tongue against the top of your mouth gently. Relax with each out-breath. Breath naturally. I said: Notice your thoughts. Don't judge them. Come back to the object of meditation. I said: Don't expect anything to happen. Meditation … Continue reading 3 Aug. Meditating with wife.