Posted on: October 20, 2021 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The Buddha advised us to visualize five things every day. We all know these things, but it’s easy to forget.

We often lie to ourselves that they don’t exist. Then when they happen, as a law, we consider them an accident, even though they are just natural laws. This is contemplation, not meditation, we need to distinguish these two.

In contemplation, we try to keep the mind fixed on one point, an object of meditation, to help the mind become still, pure, to have the strength to gain insight.

Really relax, relax in meditation, don’t worry too much about whether you’re doing it right or not.

In visualization, we choose a topic that is a common human problem, not an individual problem, and see how it affects us. Analyze our attitude towards them. It is these reactions that convey the importance of the matter to us.

Contemplation means that we dig into a problem, even if it is an issue we are already familiar with, we can still have new perceptions about it. We look at the problem from a different angle. We can gain insight because we have given up frivolous thoughts, because we know how to focus on a problem. That’s how wisdom is developed: not by thinking about a problem, but by contemplating the truth of the matter, considering its applications in our lives; Look at it from all sides, connect it with reality, to get a new, stronger perspective.

It can be compared to sitting at a window looking at a tree, to standing up and observing it again. Before we can see only half of the tree trunk, then we can see the whole tree. The tree has not changed, but our view of the tree has changed.

I advise you to recite the following sentences, as it will help you to remember them easily. After each sentence, I add a few things to make it easier for you to visualize. You don’t have to follow them, for they are only a means of guidance. If you have other ways, that’s fine. Contemplation on their own introspection will be more effective.

First come back to the breath for a moment. When finished, recite the following sentences:

First: I will perish, I will not escape destruction

First let’s see if this verse is true, if so, see if we care about this in our lives. Let’s see if we have any objections to that fact in our minds? I wish it hadn’t happened. If so, we must consider why we do not obey this law of nature.

Second: My body will get sick, I won’t get rid of weakness

Again, let’s see if that’s true? Have I ever been sick, am I sure I won’t get sick again? What does this mean for the body, for what we still call ‘me’. Does my body do what I want? Or does it just follow its own rules, when sick don’t need to ask my opinion?

Third: I will die, I will not escape death

We all know that’s the truth. But it is necessary to consider whether we always think that it can happen at any time, whether we live by that thought. Ask yourself if we are prepared, are we ready, if not, what else are we clinging to? What do we need to do? prepare for death, so that death is no longer my threat?

Fourth: All that I consider precious, joy, mine, will be gone, will change.

Looking back at the past, we can recall that there were things, memories, situations, people that we cherished, loved, changed, and destroyed. If so, what will happen to the things we cherish now? Will they stay with us forever?

Breathe gently, slowly, and learn to be gentle with yourself and the thoughts that come to you during meditation.

Breathe gently, slowly, and learn to be gentle with yourself and the thoughts that come to you during meditation.

And the fifth thing to remember: Karma

First: I am the master of karma

When we accept this fact, we will be responsible for everything that happens to us. We need to visualize whether we are really the owner Karma, to let go of any idea that someone else has created something for us.

Second: I inherited my karma

Each of us creates our own karma. If we always keep that in mind, often think about it, we will find it easier to do good, useful things.

Third: I was born due to my karma

It is the desire to be present, to live that makes us born in our circumstances. That situation was a learning experience for me.

Fourth: I am related to the karma of good or evil, I will be the one to suffer

This realization brings us back to reality, knowing that we are constantly creating karma, and often we have to bear the consequences immediately, of our own creation.

Nun Ayya Khema

Translated by Dieu Lien Ly Thu Linh


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