Saturday, March 9, 2013

Listening to the Sound of the World

Bodhisattva Guan Yin, Avalokiteshvara

观世音 is the Chinese word for Avalokiteshvara or Bodhisattva Guan Yin. The Chinese world consisted of 3 characters.

观 - Listening / Observing
世 - World
音 - Sound

The Bodhisattva is a symbol for compassion and takes the form of a female in Northern Chinese Buddhism. She is depicted in 1 form as having thousand of hands, eyes, what I think this means is that the Bodhisattva has wisdom (the eyes) and uses skillful means to help (the hands) those who are suffering. 

Not a post on Guan Yin but on mediation

This post is not really a post about the history or belief in the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara but rather a view on meditation using the "Inner Sound" as taught by Ajahn Sumedho in this e-book

It was only after reading page 30 - 33 that I finally have a new understanding and appreciation for the word Avalokiteshvara. 

Instead of using breath or any other meditation objects, we are taught to use an inner sound (please refer to the e-book for instruction). By calming and stilling the mind, we can better appreciate the nature of all mental formation as "Sabbe Sankhara Dukkha" (All formations are unsatisfactory).

I bet some of us will experience having beaten ourselves by having negative inner dialogs, and we know that such dialogs can get pretty real and drain our energy and cause negative feeling, thoughts and action. But if we can use the inner sound to claim and still the mind, we can instead chose to be a observer and listen to our inner dialogs, hopefully with enough mindfulness, we will not get involved in those dialogs. 

Some Thai Ajahn said that to understand the Dhamma, we do not need to always refer to books. Instead we can try to understand our heart. In other words we have the resources in us to understand Dhamma and we do not need to seek it outside, we have the whole world in our heart. 

I hope that my readers will realized what I am trying to say. In order for us to better ourselves in meditation and Dhamma practice, we have to Listen to our heart and be brave to face all things that will arise in our mind. 

I hope you will read the e-book and find new meanings to your practice.