By Ayya Khema

ISBN-10: 0861719727

ISBN-13: 9780861719723

During this lucid vintage, loved instructor Ayya Khema introduces the reader to the essence of the Buddhist direction. She addresses the how and why of meditation, offering a transparent framework for figuring out the character of karma and rebirth and everything of the eightfold course. With particular, useful recommendation Ayya Khema illuminates the practices of compassion and sympathetic pleasure and provides forthright information in operating with the obstacles that all of us stumble upon in meditation. Few introductory books are either uncomplicated and profound. Being no one, Going Nowhere is either.

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The letting go, the renunciation, brings insight, namely the understanding that the ego is constantly wanting and therefore also wanting to think. When the ego stops wanting, it doesn舗t need to think. When the ego stops wanting, all unsatisfactoriness vanishes. This is why we should meditate. Now we舗ll look at the 舠how舡 of meditation. We舗re going to employ mindfulness of our in-breath and out-breath. This is ideally experienced at the nostrils. Breath is wind, and, as it hits the nostrils, there舗s a feeling.

Reading the label is what舗s been done for so many thousands of years now. Let舗s stop reading the label and swallow the pill. It舗s not so difficult once we know the difference. When unpleasant feelings arise from sitting in one position the mind immediately rejects and resists that. The mind immediately says, 舠I don舗t like it. This is most unpleasant. I舗m not going to last ten days. I need a chair,舡 or 舠Why sit like this? It舗s silly,舡 or 舠It舗s not worth it. Meditation can舗t be worth all this discomfort,舡 or whatever else the mind tries to tell us.

Some of them might be twenty years old. Some of them might be pure fantasy. Some might be rather unpleasant and some might be dreams. Some might be like will-o舗-the-wisps that won舗t even appear properly. They all come so quickly that there舗s hardly time to label them. So why believe all the stuff that one usually thinks? In meditation we have the opportunity to get to know the mind 舒 the thinking that舗s going on 舒 and learn not to get involved in it. Likewise why should we believe and get involved in all that thinking that occurs in everyday life?

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