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Devices: How to Meditate

In 'kammattana', it is permissible to use certain devices, such as the earth or colour as focal points for the attention.

A candle flame, a hole in the wall, or some metal object may also be used.

In the texts themselves it is to be noted that the Buddha gave objects of meditation to disciples in accordance with their individual characteristics, and his unerring knowledge of the right technique for each came from his insight into their previous births.

Similarly with recursive meditation, a subject would be given which was easily comprehensible to the pupil, or which served to counteract some strong, unwholesome tendency in his nature.

Thus, to one attracted by sensual indulgence, the Buddha would recommend meditation on the impurity of the body, or the "cemetery meditation."

The use of the rosary in Buddhism is often misunderstood. If it is used for the mechanical repetition of a set formula, the repeating of so many phrases as an act of piety, as in other religions, its value is negligible. When it is used as means of holding the attention and purifying the mind, however, it can be a great help.

This cannot be carried out successfully unless the mind is entirely concentrated on what is being done. At the same time the recalling of the noble qualities of Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha lifts the mind to a lofty plane, since the words carry with them a meaning the impresses itself on the pattern of the thought-moments as they arise and pass away.

The value of this in terms of Abhidhamma psychology lies in the wholesome nature of the 'cittakkhana', or "consciousness-moment" in its 'uppada' (arising), 'thiti' (static) and 'bhanga' (disappearing) phases.

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