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Buddhadharma : Spring 2018
JACK KORNFIELD 81 deconstructs the self and all experience into emptiness.1 Mature meditators are then systematically trained to return to each of the stages of the insight knowledges in order to deepen their understand ing using resolutions such as these: May the insight knowledge of dissolution arise. May the insight knowledge of equanimity arise. Mahasi Sayadaw teachers also use the resolution “May the deep est knowledge attained so far rearise.” U Pandita Sayadaw used resolutions in teaching a system of jhana practice that develops concentration with metta or the breath. When the concentration became strong and undistracted, absorbed in the meditation subject, he systematically instructed meditators over a succession of days to make resolutions for each of the five jhana fac tors in succession, and then all together. These resolutions are: May vitakka (applied concentration) arise. May vicara (sustained concentration) arise. May piti (joy) arise. May sukkha (happiness) arise. May ekagata (onepointedness) arise. When the jhana factors are all present and strong, the next resolu tion is made: “May all the jhana factors be balanced.” Over time, as the factors become stronger, this is followed by resolutions for jhana itself. For instance, “May the first jhana arise.” After some success in residing in the first jhana, resolutions for the second and third jhana can be made, and so on. These resolutions can then be created with specified time and succession, such as “May the first jhana arise for thirty minutes and then the third jhana for thirty minutes.” (To learn more about jhana, read the Visud- dhimagga or contemporary books such as Leigh Brasington’s Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas, Richard Shank man’s The Experience of Samadhi, or Tina Rasmussen’s Practicing the Jhanas.) 1 See “The Progress of Insight” by Mahasai Sayadaw at accesstoinsight.org opposite | from the series Underwaterlilies (2011)