Walking on the Path
自觉手册 第二篇 走在正道上
Be sure that our objective in practicing Dhamma is self-knowledge.
We should start from the basic stage and go step by step as the Buddha taught.
If we do not follow this way, there will be no progress in our practice.
For the beginners, doing rhythmic arm movement is better than walking back and forth. Move the arm rhythmically, slowly, gently and lightly. When it stops, be aware of it. When it is moving, be aware of it. If you move the arm too fast, you cannot catch up with the bodily feeling that arises because the awareness is not strong enough.
We should practice continuously, regardless of tiredness. If we think we are tired and take a break, there will be no chain of continuity.
After you have realized something called Roop-Nahm (body-mind), then you can walk back and forth.
You must really realize it. When thoughts arise, do not stop them. Let them flow, do not follow them buy come back to Roop-Nahm. Always be aware of Roop-Nahm.
Sometimes Piti (rapture) will arise. Piti will carry us away from being aware of Roop-Nahm. As long as we are not aware of Roop-Nahm, our mind will be gradually dulled.
Thoughts will arise, let them arise freely. You might feel dizzy of suffocated if you suppress them. Be relaxed, do not worry whether you are aware or not.
The first stage that one will realize is Roop-Nahm Objects. These are Roop (body) Nahm (mind), Roop acting, Nahm acting, etc. One should review backwards and forwards, over and over.
While we are reviewing these Objects, thoughts will arise. Let them go. Whenever we are aware, the mind will stay with Roop-Nahm Objects. Review them backwards and forwards until they are embedded in the mind.
When thoughts arise, sometimes we are carried away by them which might make walking or doing rhythmic movement faster of quicker. We should be aware and slow down. It does not matter how long it takes.