PREPARE THE MIND TO FACE THE DECAYING BODY WITH RIGHT ATTITUDE

| Switzerland Retreat D4 Group Interview 20160528 (1:09:33-1:11:50)

Always remember – that when there are sensations in the body, keep an eye on how the mind is feeling towards them. Because as we get older, the body is not going to get better; it will decay, but we can keep the mind in good shape.

So, we want to prepare the mind to face this decaying body with the right attitude and prepare for death.

If we see even our bodily pains, aches and all that as nature as well, it is freeing for the mind; we will feel ready to die, to face death peacefully. Otherwise, when the mind is not prepared, we will resist death and be in turmoil.

So, it is important to learn to view that everything that happens in the mind and body in a wise perspective – to see it as a process and phenomenon and not that it is bad; it’s just a natural process.

MEDITATION IS NOT CONFINED TO CERTAIN TIME; MEDITATION IS FOR LIFE

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2017 Vassa English Interviews 170908 (47:26-49:05)

When you’re on retreat, defilement doesn’t come to disturb you. But when you’re nearing the end, then it’s their turn.

This is nature – that’s why you should never stop meditating. You don’t meditate only in the center; meditation is for life.

If you want to maintain this quality of mind, you should meditate like in the center. You cannot avoid this.

In the center, you’re observing body and mind; at home, you’re also observing body and mind. What’s the difference?

The way you think is different. If you’re also thinking like this in your life, you can meditate at home. But in your daily life, meditation is not important. Other things are more important – business and family are more important. Then, you lose your awareness, and later and later, the habit disappears.

Only 2 or 3 days out of the center, you start to lose awareness. So, meditation nature is such that you should not stop meditating because meditation is a long-term practice.

DEFILEMENT WANTS TO KNOW WHAT’S OUTSIDE; WISDOM WANTS TO KNOW WHAT’S INSIDE

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 English Interviews 180220 (42:28-43:28)

Defilement wants to know what is outside; wisdom wants to know what is inside. So, you need to be curious about what’s happening inside, in the mind.

(Yogi: How to cut off from the outside world to stay inside the mind because we have to go to work and meet people?)

You need to be more interested in the mind process – what the mind is thinking and doing. We face the world outside together with the mind, and we’re knowing the mind as we interact with the outside world.

So, you need to be more skillful in how to watch the mind; and practice all the time, asking what the mind is doing. What is the mind knowing? What is the mind practicing?

Always check the mind all the time because the mind is also happening all the time in daily life.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS RIGHT THINKING: AWARENESS AND INTEREST

| China Retreat 2014 Opening Instructions (17:50-18:28)

We try to know what is happening in the mind.

When there is craving or aversion and you recognize that there is craving or aversion, this is right view, this is meditation.

What are you trying to do when you sit? We are trying to know, to be aware. What is happening in the body and mind let it be. This is not your responsibility. It is the effect of past kamma.

Your responsibility is right thinking, awareness and interest, and maintaining the awareness.

LIFE MEANS HAPPENING – NEW, ARISING

| Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary Retreat 2013 Guided Meditation Part 2 (28:50-30:53)

When the mind is peaceful, know that peacefulness is just a state of mind; it is a kind of object that is neither good nor bad. Calmness is calmness; peaceful is peaceful.

If you think that peaceful is good, understanding cannot arise because you cannot understand anicca, dukha and anatta.

We need to think as it is. For most yogis, when the mind becomes peaceful, effort slowly becomes less and less and craving enjoys the peacefulness. That’s why sleepiness arises because we think peacefulness is good.

Experience is just experience; just an object that is subject to change. Knowing mind or awareness mind also changes – any experience is new, arising, new, arising. Everything is new – happening, new, happening.

This is life – life means happening.

LIFE AND DHAMMA MUST GROW TOGETHER

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 English Interviews 180220 (20:05-20:34)

Life must be dhamma – dhamma and life must be together.

Life means happening – happenings in the mind are life. Every mind happening moment to moment, we call life.

So, life and dhamma must be together. If life and dhamma are different, then life is adhamma. If life is not dhamma, then life is sure to be adhamma; it already has defilements.

So, our life must grow together with the dhamma.

ONLY A PURIFIED MIND CAN RECOGNIZE THE NIBBANA OBJECT

| Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary 2013 Retreat Guided Meditation Part 1 (6:50-7:45)

Nibbana is an object – we don’t know this kind of object, but we can know our mind.

When the mind has lobha, we can know; when the mind has defilement, we can know. Also, when the mind has no defilement, we can know – we can understand, we can experience with the mind.

When the mind is purified, when it has no more defilement, then it chooses its object. Mind and object must match.

Only a purified mind can catch the nibbana object.

WHY THE MIND LIKES TO THINK

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2017 Vassa English Q&A 170715 (51:25-53:05)

Because you have already practised it for a long time. It is the momentum of old habit. If you allow something to happen again and again, it becomes very powerful.

That’s why we need to change the pattern of the mind. We try to be aware all the time; then, the mind cannot think. If you’re not aware of the present moment, the mind is thinking or day dreaming all the time.

The mind thinks so much because it wants sensual pleasure. We have enjoyed our thinking for a long time. Because of this habit, the momentum is there. That is why we try not to follow or allow this – we need to be aware all the time to change this old habit.

APPRECIATE THE PRESENCE OF AWARENESS

| Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary Retreat 2013 Guided Meditation Part 2 (37:52-40:23)

If we’re aware when defilement arises, the defilement decreases or stops; it cannot overwhelm the mind. So, how much relief is it to the mind?

If awareness is not present, the defilement can continue to grow slowly and exaggerate the intensity of the defilement. If we don’t notice, they will grow and continue to grow and grow. 
So, if you’re aware and wisdom is present, the defilement cannot overwhelm you, it cannot grow – this is a lot of relief to the mind.

You need to appreciate awareness is present – knowing something doesn’t go to waste. It is something, it is learning because we’re collecting information.

Knowing and not knowing are very different.

When you’re aware and you see clearly what is happening, the knowing mind is happening.

When awareness is absent, you won’t know anything about what is happening.

There are many levels of knowing – knowing the object and knowing the characteristics of the object are very different.

HOW TO BE AWARE OF THE MIND

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 Morning English Q&A 180130 (49:02-50:53)

It’s just practice – of course, it is easier to know the physical objects, but you know there is mind.

Once you know there is mind, you allow yourself to recognize it, or acknowledge it as often as you can. And when you very clearly know something is mind, it becomes easier to recognize it, acknowledge it and be with it. It just takes practice to improve.

The 5 physical senses, for us, are always located somewhere. There are markers like form and shape which make it easier to know the 5 physical senses, but the mind has no shape and no form – you can’t see or locate it – so, it’s hard to pin down the mind.

But you can know the mind and that’s all you need to do. You can know that there is mind because it’s happening; you sense that there is mind, and the other thing is that you can know that the mind is doing something – like it thinks, or it feels, or it pays attention when you’re looking and listening.

You can sense those functions of the mind, and that’s how you know the mind is there.

And just practice, don’t expect anything; just practice and allow it to grow by itself.

MEDITATION IMPROVES WHEN AWARENESS BECOMES CONTINUOUS NATURALLY

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya 2018 Morning English Q&A 20180123 (31:45-34:33)

Yogi: Sayadaw, if I want to improve in my meditation, what should I do?

Sayadaw: Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw once advised that when the awareness becomes more continuous, meditation will improve.

This doesn’t mean that we must make our mindfulness more continuous with our utmost until we look black. That’s so much greed in the way the mind takes it that when yogis hear the instruction, they think that they can make it happen. What Sayadaw Shwe Oo Min was saying was that when mindfulness becomes more continuous, when it becomes like that naturally, only then meditation will improve.