Sunday, August 29

Suffering = Pain x Resistance

Shinzen Young's "A Pain Processing Algorithm" offers some very detailed instruction for using pain as a meditation object.

In order to work meditatively with pain, it is absolutely essential to be clear about two things: the ultimate goal of such work and the specific sensory categories involved.  The goal is twofold:
  • Reducing the perception of suffering due to pain.
  • Discovering the “taste of purification” within pain.
    This goal can be achieved by bringing a critical mass of mindfulness and equanimity to pain and pain-related phenomena.

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