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Chapter page 132-134; page 175-178; page 212-216

RLG206H5 Chapter page 132-134; page 175-178; page 212-216: Week 8


Department
Religion
Course Code
RLG206H5
Professor
Christoph Emmrich
Chapter
page 132-134; page 175-178; page 212-216

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RLG214 Week 8 Textbook Notes
page 132-134; page 175-178; page 212-216
-How to Meditate:Some Practical Advice
buddhist text contains advice to help meditators to deal with hindrances that may
interfere with their practices
Buddhist poet Asvaghosa, has advice that the Buddha gave to his half brother,
Nanda
-Nanda was attached to his beautiful wife and had been living in martial bliss
when Buddha wanted him to join the sangha
-the passages tells us when the Buddha takes it upon himself to exhort young
Nanda in his practice of meditation and instructs him in some of the practicalities
the proper measures of food that is conducive to meditation and good health
too much food obstructs the person’s breathing, leads to lethargy and sleep,
goes into one’s strength
consumption of too little food is debilitating
as a practitioner of meditation you should feed your body not out of desire for
food or love but for the purpose of subduing hunger
shake off sleepiness
-resolve upon exertion and steadfastness, strength, courage
-recite text that have been taught and teach them to others and think about
them yourself
-to stay awake you should throw water on your face and look to see how fear,
joy, and grief can win out over sleepiness
-bring fear by thinking of the coming of death
-joy by remembering you have embraced Dharma
-sorrow by musing upon the boundless suffering that comes with rebirth
-3 watches of the night- spend in practice, stay awake in your heart and mind,
get up and continue to practice yoga
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choose a place to practice that is isolated, quiet, and conducive to yoga
a person accomplishes his purpose when he is happy to be alone, eats
anywhere, wears anything, and resides by himself is known as one who
accomplishes his purpose
cross legged, back straight, direct mind in front of you
mind focuses on one things
-get rid of any desires that may come in the way
-get rid of it by meditation otherwise they will grow back again
-only by destruction they can go away
thoughts of violence
-use their antidotes to make it calm
-antidotes of violence are love and compassion
-they are opposites like light and darkness
abandon what is demeritorious, meditate on what is meritorious- this will help
you reach your goal and the ultimate goal
if your thoughts turn into prosperity or your own family members, you should
look at the world of living beings in order to suppress them
-relative in past life becomes a stranger and in the future a stranger becomes
a relative
-don’t let your mind dwell on thoughts of your family in samsara
-there is no distinction between relatives and non relatives
the entire world is plagued by one problem or another
-people are always being oppressed
-if you ever have thoughts that assume that there is no death warn them off
as though they were an illness you had come down with
-do not trust the continuity of life
-death does not consider age
-kills in all circumstances
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