Buddhist Meditation for beginners. Buddha presented a practical method to practice insight.

Buddhist Meditation for beginners. Lessons no.1

You live here. And now. In this volatile, exceptional moments that never come back but renews itself incessantly.

Here and now everything you have, everything you'll ever get. It is here and now you experience joy. It is here and now you feel sorrow.

That is why it is so important to learn this "here and now" to know. Do you know this to the bottom, you understand everything.

But as you attempt to seize the moment, it slips out of your hands. So perhaps it is this we need to learn: watch the moment as it is, and then let go of it - let it go.

"Know yourself," said the ancient Greeks. But this is easier said than done. The road to self-knowledge is not easy. 

It is helpful to know that others have walked this road before. One of those who achieved the deepest insight spent the rest of his life to teaching and helping others to gain insight into their own lives. 

He was called The wake, or Buddha. Buddha presented a practical method to practice insight. 

This method he explained often and in many different contexts. The clearest and most detailed we have it today in the text called Mahasatipatthanasutta.

But the method was still almost forgotten over the centuries. It was adapting and modified in different ways, until it was scarcely recognizable, buried under rituals and philosophical speculation. 

Fortunately, it was kept alive by a few monks in Theravada tradition, and in this century it has regained popularity. 

The Burmese monk U Narada, also known as Jetavana or Mingun Sayadaw, learned the method of an old monk who lived as a recluse in a cave in Upper Burma. 

U Narada practiced diligently and found that this was precisely what he had been searching for: a clear and effective way to train the mind to the highest insight. 

He taught others, and his disciples did method is known again in Myanmar and another Buddhist country. One of his pupils was Mahasi Sayadaw.

Mahasi Sayadaw's teaching is practical, down to earth and detailed almost to the pedantic. This makes it easy for the novice. 

You need not have read this far before fatter main idea. Read nevertheless throughout instruction before embarking. 

These directions contained herein is intended for a course that extends continuously over several days. 

Such a course, or retreat, as it is called, is the best way to get acquainted with the meditation on. But if not you can leave a few days to a continuous course, it is possible to practice a little every day, too.

Set aside an hour, a time of day that you feel obvious.