Friday, July 18, 2014

Wrong Concentration during Meditation

     "there can actually be wrong concentration, which has nothing to do with samatha or vipassanā, because both of these have right concentration. 
     Wrong concentration happens to a lot of yogis. They use too much energy to focus because of greed, because they are trying to get something; so they develop this heavy concentration. That can be dangerous. Because it’s wrong concentration, of course it’s dangerous. The motivation behind that kind of concentration is greed actually. They want something so badly they use a lot of energy to focus, thinking that’s how they’ll get it, and sometimes that energy builds up to a level that they themselves cannot control. That’s because there is a combination of the power of focusing and the power of the defilements. So it is really very out of control. Double trouble."          Sayadaw U Tejaniya

       Destined to Teach. Āyasmā Kumāra interviews Sayadaw U Tejaniya, 1996
       http://sayadawutejaniya.org/teachings/
 
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2 comments:

  1. master Kirpal SinghAugust 19, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Hello,i have read your post about wrong concentration.I would like to share little bit.Generally, just great thing is called 'meditation'. Yet in the event that we take a gander at ideas of "concentration" or "development" there is conceivable to have 'wrong concentration' (miccha-samadhi) and to create wrong qualities.wrong concentration could be any concentration which is not in the setting of Noble Path. Case in point, as I see it, concentration on wrong object, in light of wrong attention (ayoniso-manasikara), or on something that negates Noble Truths, Right View. Wrong development (as in bhavana) appears conceivable as well; isn't its conceivable to send contempt to all creatures rather than affection as in a Metta? In the event that meditation expands unwholesome qualities (contaminations) its presumably done wrong. Indeed reflection on impermanence is conceivable to be carried out in a wrong way.
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    master Kirpal Singh

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  2. Thank you for these excellent points - I agree. Most of us need good teachers to keep us from going off track: Jack Kornfield's excellent 8-CD set "Transmission" from Sounds True www.soundstrue.com; and the Spring 2014 edition of Buddhadharma are good resources. Also, there are basic prerequisites for practice, especially morality - see: http://www.johnlovas.com/2014/08/foundation-for-meditation-practices.html

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