Mahasati Meditation

Mahasati Meditation is a form of mindfulness moving Meditation. As body movements are involved, it is also known as Dynamic Meditation. There is an interesting story behind Mahasati Meditation. This technique was developed by late Thai Buddhist monk Luangpor Teean Jittasubho (1911-1988). He realized that despite of practicing meditation regularly since childhood for so many years, he had not liberated himself from anger. At the age of forty-six, he left his home with determination of not returning unless finding the way out. In his quest, he practiced a form of bodily movements with a group except following their instruction of the recitation of the words “ting-ning” (Moving-Stopping). Within few days, his mind attained the “End of Suffering” by being aware of the movements of the body and mind. Later he returned home and taught his findings to his wife and relatives. Subsequently he devoted rest of his life spreading his teachings all across the World.

The Meaning:
“Maha” means grand, huge, massive and “Sati” means “Mindfulness” or “Self-awareness”. Mahasati means great, total or perfect self-awareness.

The Technique:
In Mahasati Meditation the practitioner moves rhythmically with their awareness open to the movement of body and mind. The movements are simple and repetitious. The movements are:

1. Start with resting the hands palm down on the thighs.
2. Turn the right hand onto its edge, be aware; do it slowly, then stop. Do not say to yourself the words, "turn the right hand", being aware is enough.
3. Raise the right hand up, be aware, and then stop.
4. Lower the right hand to rest on the abdomen, be aware, and then stop.
5. Turn the left hand onto its edge, be aware, and then stop.
6. Raise the left hand up, be aware, and then stop.
7. Lower the left hand to rest on the right hand, be aware, and then stop.
8. Move the right hand up to rest on the chest, be aware, and then stop.
9. Move the right hand out, be aware, and then stop.
10. Lower the right hand onto its edge on the thigh, be aware, then stop.
11. Face the right palm down, be aware, and then stop.
12. Move the left hand up to rest on the chest, be aware, and then stop.
13. Move the left hand out, be aware, and then stop.
14. Lower the left hand onto its edge on the thigh, be aware, and then stop.
15. Face the left palm down, be aware, and then stop.

Mahasati Meditation is a method that emphasizes the present moment all the time. Practitioners will see their body and mind, and their own thought which is the source of suffering (anger, greed, delusion). Don't pay attention to thought. Let thoughts flow freely. Pay attention to the bodily movement. So let go of thought; come back to movement.

The Benefits and Effectiveness:
The aim of Mahasati Meditation is to attain direct insight into one’s self-freedom from pain and suffering, resulting in a stable, wise and healthy mind. According to Luangpor Teean, Meditation is the art of seeing things as they are with awareness and wisdom. This is different as generally people see the word and everything around them through the filter of their concepts, thoughts and collected mental images since childhood. When we see things as they are, the mind changes its qualities. In the moments of such awareness, mind becomes active, clear and pure. And with such a right conditioned mind, one realizes the law of nature and the freedom of life. The main hurdle is thoughts, the source of greed, anger and delusion. As per Luangpor Teean simply suppression through moral precepts or calmness through Meditations based on concentration do not work. One needs to go to the root of suffering and then to let awareness see through and break through, freeing from sufferings.

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