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Buddhadharma : Spring 2018
82 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER'S QUARTERLY At Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society, most of the teachers who work with students doing concentration practice use this sequence of resolutions for jhana factors and jhanas, although other approaches are also used. Pa Auk Sayadaw of Southern Burma offers even more exten sive training in jhana and insight using resolutions based on the comprehensive techniques, subjects, and insights outlined in the Visuddhimagga. ResoLutions FoR wisDoM Just as resolutions can be used for jhana and samadhi states, they can also be used for wisdom. Wisdom resolutions are best made when coming out of a period of stable jhana practice; third or fourth jhana are optimal. But they can also be made earlier, in prejhana access concentration, or at any time when the mind is quiet and focused. In the Thai Forest Tradition, after a meditator attains some degree of concentration, their contemplation (bhavana) can include periods of directed investigation. Meditators might be instructed to direct their mind to know “a deep understanding of impermanence” or “to know the roots of kilesas [greed, aggression, and ignorance] that are still to be released.” To work with a wisdom resolution, meditators set an intention by reciting the resolution inwardly. They then continue to practice for the next fifteen minutes, waiting for any spontaneous response. The results of resolutions are often surprising. New insights and deep revelations and understandings can come in many forms. Sometimes insights will spontaneously arise as words, or as an intuitive know ing or profound understanding. The insights can be visual, auditory, or even kinesthetic. Bodily responses to resolutions, in the form of movement, energy, or sensation, can also arise. Each resolution can be used a few times before the meditator moves on to the next. Here are a number of initial wisdom resolu tions that may be used: