A Collection of Talks on Mindfulness Meditation
by Venerable Dhammasami
Size: 5.0” X 7.5”
Pages: 88 pages
Vipassana or Mindfulness meditation is a mental discipline that has non-judge mental awareness or otherwise called bare awareness as its forte. It is the major instrument applied to observe one’s experiences, thoughts and emotions. Awareness and acceptance of their transitory phenomena will to a discovery of their true nature and this understanding may ultimately liberate the mind from the cycle of defilements.
The topics covered in this small book reflect our efforts in trying to realize the various aspects of an awakened mind using daily life as a practical basis for exploration. They start from instructions on meditation practice such as how to focus the mind on objects. They then progress to dealing with various mental states such as depression and the letting go of the conditions associated with that. The aim is to awaken the mind through mindfulness of daily experiences. The students are not asked to suppress their thoughts and emotions. They are instead encouraged to face, acknowledge and accept them by trying their best understand their own reactions. It is to help them start from where they are and go forward as far as their ability enables them. This is a path to being awakened to reality as it happens, however uncomfortable it may appear to be.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Dhammasami was born in 1965, on 22nd November in Laikha, Shan State, Union of Myanmar (Burma), he became a novice (samanera) at his early teens in Sirimangalatemple, a branch of the Mahasi meditation Centre. He has his education in Laikha and Taunggyi. He received Buddhist education mainly in Taunggyi, Ywanhwe and Pegu where he taught at the Sasana Mandaing Pali University for a year.
He completed the Dhammacariya degree ( a degree in Buddhist literature) at the age of 19 being just a novice (Samanera) in the Dhammacariya Examination held by the Government in 1985. He also has the same degree in Shan medium in the Dhammacariya Examination held in Shan State 1986. He taught in Aung Mye Bon Tha Shan Pariyatti Temple in Yangon (Rangoon) before leaving for Sri Lanka in 1990 to proceed his postgraduate studies.
Apart from the Dhammacariya degrees in Myanmar, He holds one MPhil and two MA degrees from two Sri Lankan Universities. While in Colombo, he taught at YMBA for four years. He also joined the Buddhist missionary work in Thailand in 1989.
He has been teaching Buddhism to children and adults alike at the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre, London since 1996. He conducts Vipassana meditation on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. He speaks Shan, Burmese, Thai, English and Pali. He is at the moment studying for a DPhil degree in 'Aspects of Theravada Buddhism in Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka' at the University of Oxford as an full-time student.
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