7 may night at Frances ‘Studio
Before we meditate we should understand that meditation is for everyone, every time and for everywhere; we should meditate everywhere, any time, in every situation or condition. The practice of meditation can make our mind becoming stable and free from attachment. Attachment is the disease of our mind. If our mind is unstable and unhealthy, we will make mistake. Beside this, if the mind is unstable and unhealthy, we cannot endure sickness, poverty and all kinds of inconveniences.
If the mind is stable and healthy, we can stay everywhere, we can deal with anyone and endure all kinds of opposed situations. If we lose our min d or if we are angry or greedy, there will be a lot of problem in our life. Instead of saving our life or preventing it we should try to make our mind stable and free from attachment. We should focus on the stability and cleanliness of the mind. It will be difficult at the beginning because we are not used to do like that but we must be patients, we must not give up the practice of mindfulness and detachment.
The practice of mindfulness and detachment in itself is a complete job. If we practice it we will be satisfied of our practice. No other works or jobs are complete like the practice of mindfulness and detachment. We are human and we have intelligence so we must do something before we die. Anything we do should be the practice of mindfulness and detachment. This practice is mostly concerning the mind, therefore we can practice everywhere, anytime and in any situation. Now you are trying to practice under my guidance. At the beginning if you don’t understand the essence of the practice of mindfulness and detachment, you should listen my teaching again and again. Only when you are listening you can practice at the same time. The practice of mindfulness and detachment is very important. I have been practicing it for over sixteen years. I have been teaching to people including meditators for over thirteen years.
So mindfulness and detachment is my main job. If I am alone it is very easy for me to practice mindfulness and detachment. If I am dealing with the others it is difficult for me to be mindful and to detach. But it is necessary to follow or to do this practice at any time and in any situation. This practice can give us good ideas, so when we practice mindfulness and detachment no need to think too much. If we don’t know what to do we should practice mindfulness and detachment and then when the time come we will know what to do. If we don’t know what we should do, try to meditate and the answer will appear at the right time. If we feel sick we should meditate, no need to take medicine.
The practice of mindfulness and detachment can solve all the problems, can cure all the diseases and fulfill all our desires. The more we practice mindfulness and detachment, the less we need to do other things. We don’t need to rely on ourselves, on the food, on the medicine, on our belongings; we don’t need to rely even on our own life. If we practice in the right way, we will understand like this. Now we will start the practice. Keep the body and head upright. Lift up the body weight, don’t let it be heavy down on the ground. Close the eyes gently. Relax the whole body and mind. When we meditate, we should understand that we should not meditate for ourselves. Meditation is for all, therefore we should meditate for everyone.
In our society we learn for ourselves and our family, we earn for ourselves and for our family, whatever we do it is for ourselves and our family. Now we should meditate for each one, for everyone concerning with us. Most of people of the society are not meditating; we are one of them therefore we should meditate not only for us but for all.
There are many living beings in the universe but most of them cannot meditate. We, as human, have intelligence and are able to meditate but only few people do it. Beside, only few people know about meditation. If we don’t know about meditation we cannot meditate. Now we all have a chance to meditate and we should try hard. If we are not meditating we will do only what we are used to do. Sitting meditation is necessary especially for beginners and young people.
There are many things to do in society for young people; if they are busy with other works, they have no chance to meditate. As human, we can learn, make our own business, we can do all what we should do but we should not abandon the practice of meditation. We should try to meditate in sitting position and also in any position. Meditation is mind work, therefore while we are walking, speaking or walking, we can meditate. Doing without meditation is our own habit. We should change our habit. We should try to do everything with mindfulness and detachment. We should be mindful to whatever we do and also we should detach from what we are doing now or experiencing now.
Now we are meditating, what we are doing is right. But it is not enough. We should understand about meditation rightly. My teaching is about the Truth of meditation or the practice of mindfulness and detachment. Try to understand the Truth with my help and then try to understand by yourself. Stop thinking about yourself and your actions. Thinking about yourself and your actions is the habit of grasping the idea of something or someone. There are many meditators in the world, we are one amongst them. We should not pay attention to ourselves. The practice of meditation is done by many other people. We should not pay attention to our own practice. We must meditate and we must detach from ourselves and our actions. Attachment is caused by misunderstanding.
Not knowing the Truth is the cause of attachment. To solve the problem of attachment we should understand the Truth. Knowing the Truth is the practice of detachment. The Truth is not something, not someone, not “I”, not “you”; just Ever New Impermanent Nature or arising and passing away process. If we see from the side of someone, there is “I”, there is “you”, there is men and women, animals, there is sky, moon, the sun. but if we see from the side of the Truth which is Impermanent Nature or arising and passing away process, there is no ‘I”, no “you”, no men, no women, no sun, no sky, no sun. If we are able to see from the side of the Truth, no need to worry, no need to like or dislike. We should meditate and we should stand for the Truth of Ever New Impermanent Nature.
To stand for the Truth we should detach from ourselves and our actions. Relax the whole body and mind, lift up the body weight, and don’t let it be heavy down on the ground. Close the eyes gently. Just focus on our normal breath. Try to do all these actions without the idea of something or someone, “I” or “you”. There are only causes and effects. There is no person, no one, nothing.
All the actions are doing-only. The idea that someone or something is doing is wrong. We should let go or abandon the wrong idea of something or someone. Be mindful. Be natural. Don’t do it forcefully. Don’t give up the practice of mindful and detachment. Keep on practicing one after one, time after time. Sometimes you might desire to meditate and sometimes not; don’t pay attention to your desire. Just keep on practicing mindfulness and detachment. Be mindful on the practice of mindfulness and detach from the idea of something or someone.
If we are not mindful of the practice of mindfulness we cannot keep on practicing. If we cannot detach from something or someone, we might misunderstand that “I am meditating” or “meditation is mine”. The aim of focusing on our own breathing is to detach from the six senses objects. Whatever we can see, we can hear, smell, taste, touch and know is to use-only, not to like or dislike, not to misunderstand as being reality. Traditionally we are using these objects with attachment. Attachment means liking, disliking and thinking as being reality.
The six senses doors and six senses objects are to use-only. Not to reject or to attach. As living being we must use these things but we must detach from them. Mindfulness on our own breath is the way to detach from these objects. I am guiding you to meditate with right understand. You can meditate by yourself but it is difficult to know the Truth of meditation or mindfulness. All yogis will meditate, they can correct their practice of not meditating but if we study the knowing of the meditators we can see the mistake. If you are not meditating it is very difficult to correct our understanding about meditation. Even for the meditators who has strong attachment it is difficult to detach from wrong view or wrong understanding. Try to meditate every day and try to detach from the idea of something or someone, “I” or ‘you”, “mine” or “your”. Be mindful on your own breath as much as you can and try to detach from the six senses objects. Not to reject we should meditate every day, not to attach we should let go off the idea of “I” or “you”, “me” or “mine”, something or someone. Not to reject we can see whatever we have a chance to see. We can hear the sound, we can listen to the sound. We can smell, taste, touch, and know. Not to reject we should disconnect from these objects by focusing on our breathing. We should not forget the Truth which is Ever New Impermanent Nature. Which is not something, not someone, not “I”, not “you”.
Knowing the Truth of the Impermanent Nature is creating the misunderstanding that “I” or “you”, something or someone is true. Knowing about the Impermanent Nature will not create the idea of “I” or “you”, “me” or “mine”, something or someone any more. The third important thing is to be mindful on our normal breath and try to detach from doing deliberately or purposely. We should accept the Truth no “I”, no “you”, not something, not someone. And then we should abandon our habitual actions. Not to reject we can do according to our own habits. Not to attach we should focus on our natural breath or automatic in and out breathe.
Thinking about what to do, where to go, what to eat, where to stay these are caused by our own habit. We can do it but without attachment for these actions. To solve the problem of attachment we should be mindful on the natural actions of our body and mind. If we don’t meditate we will be doing something endlessly. Doing something is the cause of the desire to do something. If we are able to abandon our actions, the desire to do these actions will disappear. By paying attention to our natural or automatic actions we should try to detach from doing intentionally.
The last important thing to do is to detach from the limited time we are using. We are using limited time. One second, one minute, one week, one month, one year, one life. All these times are Created Truth, they have limits. The Original Truth is just present moment which is just appearing and disappearing naturally. The present moment lasts a very short time which has no limits. The Ever New Impermanent Nature or appearing and disappearing process is happening according to the present moment. That is why there is no time, no place, no living beings, and no non-living beings, there is no something, no someone, no one time or one place.
The Truth, Ever New Impermanent Nature is happening at the present moment. This process is not depending on something or someone. Whether we accept it or not, whether we know or not, this Original Truth will keep on happening by itself, naturally. The Truth is complete, perfect, no one or no thing is complete or perfect. This is why, by ourselves, we cannot be complete and perfect. We must rely on the Original Truth. In this way we can also be perfect or complete. We can use our life, our belongings, deal with others but we should not rely on ourselves.
We all should rely on our actions of doing good deeds and meditation. We should not forget the Truth which is not something, not someone, just Ever New Impermanent Nature. Seeing from one side is wrong; we should see from each sides, from every side. And then we should try to see from the side of the Truth, Ever New Impermanent Nature. We should detach from the past, from what we have done and from what happened to us. We should detach from the future and also from what we intend to do and what we intend to be. We should try to detach from the present time, from what we are doing now and from what is happening to us. We might be old, sick, rich or poor, men or women, we should detach from the present time, present action and situation. We should not occupy someone as “I” or something as “mine”.
This is what we should understand and we should try to practice according to the right understanding. We should practice like this. If we do what we want to do, if we do what we are used to do or if we do what we understand it will never end. Animals also do what they want to do, what they are used to do and what they understand. It will never end. We are human, we have intelligence so we should try to end these endless actions. The more you eat, the more you want to drink, the more you sleep the stronger will be the desire to sleep.
What we are used to do or what we understand to do are not the right things to do. We can never be satisfied by doing what we want, what we are used to or by what we understand. We can be satisfied by doing what we should do which is doing good deeds and practicing meditation all the time. Although the meditation time is over we should continue the practice of doing good deeds and meditate all the time. End of the teaching.