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.