Sunday, August 24, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: A Penetrating Sense of Being

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

August 24, 2008


In the practice of meditation, mindfulness of the body is the sense of being right there on your meditation cushion, which is partly influenced by bodily sensation and partly influenced by audiovisual sensations and consciousness. At this point, it is not so much meditating on anything particular at all, but just being with one's body fully and completely. As much as we can, we are right there, sitting there. And that kind of sense of being there is also a very penetrating experience. That sense of being transcends the ordinary level of self-consciousness even. You might occasionally experience that you feel that you are being there, you are watching yourself being there, and the watcher watches itself. But that is another little phase, another little project that wears out quickly, and then comes back into the experience of being.

From "The First Foundation: Mindfulness of Body," in the 1973 Hinayana-Mahayana Transcripts, page 40.

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