By Thich Nhat Hanh
This lucid and wonderfully written advisor to japanese meditation offers Westerners with a style of studying the talents of mindfulness - of being wakeful and entirely conscious. sleek scientific advancements have proven the optimistic results of meditiation for mental and physaial health and wellbeing, and the reader will want no specific spiritual orietation to profit from the knowledge of this guide. Thich Nhat Hanh's light anecdotes and sensible routines concentration the reader's cognizance on respiring and exhibit that the contextx for being conscious are a number of and shut to hand - washing the dishes, answering the phone, ingesting tea. His compassionate spirit and the tactic of meditation defined the following may help either newbies and complex scholars arrive at better self-understanding and peacefulness.
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Bile, phlegm, pus, blood, sweat, fat. 7-12. Tears, grease, saliva, snot, synovial fluid, urine. Discern the parts in the given order, but one at a time. Try to see each of the parts, as distinctly as you would see your face in a clean mirror. If, while doing this, the light of concentration should fade, and the part of the body being discerned become unclear, you should re-establish the fourth ànàpàna-jhàna. When the light is again bright and strong, you should return to discerning the parts of the body.
If you have developed the white kasiõa meditation up to the fourth jhàna using the white of an external skeleton, then you will also be able to develop the brown, blue, or black kasiõa using external head hairs, the yellow kasiõa using external fat or urine, and the red kasiõa using external blood, etc. You can also use those parts in your own body. When you have succeeded, you can develop the colour kasiõas using the colour of also flowers, or other external objects. All blue and brown flowers are calling out, inviting you to develop the blue kasiõa.
At the fourth stage, the breath becomes only subtle. It does not cease entirely. The breath ceases entirely only at the fourth jhàna. This is the subtlest stage. 2: Is it necessary, in meditation, to have a nimitta? 2: In some meditation subjects (kammaññhàna) like mindfulness-of-breathing, kasiõa-meditation and repulsiveness-meditation (asubha), a nimitta is necessary, if one wants to attain jhana in other meditation subjects, like recollection-of-the-Buddha (Buddhànussati), a nimitta is not necessary.
The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh