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Lions Roar : May 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2006 49 W ITH EVERY MOMENT of noting an object, a meditator who practices insight meditation enters the noble eightfold path, the way of re- lease from suffering. In our tradition, the primary object of attention is the rising and falling of the abdomen due to the breathing process. Each time a meditator notes the rising and falling of the abdomen, he or she has to make an effort to reach the object. In the language of the noble eightfold path, this is known as right effort. The effort ex- pended allows the meditator to observe and remember the object. Distraction is reduced; one begins to be able to sustain attentive mindfulness on the object. Eventu- ally mindfulness arises continuously. This, in the language of the noble eightfold path, is right mindfulness. When mindfulness is continuous and sustained, then gradually the mind will begin to stay on the object in a fixed manner. This, again in the language of the noble eightfold path, is right concentration. SAYADAW U PANDITA is abbot of Panditarama Monastery and Meditation Center in Rangoon, Burma. He makes frequent visits to Western affiliate centers to teach vipassana meditation in the tradi- tion of Mahasi Sayadaw. U PanDiTa on Insight Meditation Inner Victory While concentrating or settling the mind is common to many spiritual traditions, the special practice of Buddhism is applying that concentrated mind to develop insight: exam- ining our experience closely and precisely in order to understand the true nature of mind and its objects. This is the famed practice of vipassana, taught to us here by the renowned Burmese master U PANDITA.