SITTING MEDITATION

THE SOTAESAN CENTER

SITTING MEDITATION

A LITTLE PAUSE FROM THE LINEAR SEQUENCE OF THOUGHTS

Sitting Meditation is a practice that, in the mind, calms wandering thoughts and manifests the true nature. It is also a method that, in the body, causes the fire energy to descend and the water energy to ascend. As delusive thoughts are calmed, the water energy will ascend; as the water energy ascends, the delusive thoughts will be calmed. Consequently, one’s body and mind will be in perfect harmony, and both the spirit and energy will be refreshed.

However, if delusive thoughts are not calmed in one’s mind, the fire energy will constantly ascend, burning up the water energy in the entire body and obscuring the light of the spirit. The operation of the human body is like a steam engine; without the energies of fire and water, not even a finger can be lifted. A human’s six sense organs are all controlled by the brain. Whether seeing, hearing, or thinking, whenever one uses the six sense organs, the entire body’s fire energy will naturally become concentrated in the head, burning up the entire body’s water energy, just as the oil is burned when a lamp’s wick is lit.

Therefore, whether we think long and anxiously on something using our mental powers, look carefully at something using our visual powers, or raise our voices to talk energetically about something, our faces will become flushed and our saliva will dry up. This is precisely what we mean by the phenomenon of the fire energy rising upwards. We should use our six sense organs sparingly even with things that must be done. How much less should we let the wicks of our heads burn continually day and night with useless delusive thoughts! Therefore, sitting meditation is a practice that aims to remove all these delusive thoughts, to manifest our original nature, to bring down all the fire energy, and to raise the pure water energy.

HOW TO MEDITATE

The method of sitting meditation is simple and easy

that anyone can practice it :

Sit comfortably in a crossed-legged position, straighten your back, neck, and head.

Bring down all your body’s strength to the lower center which is located three fingers below your navel. By concentrating your mind on the lower abdomen, your life energy will flow smoothly downward and the mind will become stable.

Breath evenly. Inhale a little longer and stronger than when exhaling.

You can close your eyes or open them halfway with your gaze resting on the floor about two or three feet in front of you.

Gently close your mouth. When you meditate well, lots of pure saliva will gather in your mouth, you may swallow saliva quietly.

BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

When you have gained the power that comes from long training

in sitting meditation, the following benefits will result :

Rash and flighty behavior will gradually disappear.

The activities of the six sense organs will become orderly.

The suffering of illness decreases and your face becomes smoother.

The power of memory improves.

The power of endurance grows.

Attachments disappear.

Perverse states of mind change into right states of mind.

Your self-nature’s light of wisdom will shine.

You will be gratified by ultimate bliss.

You will gain freedom in birth and death.

USEFUL LINKS

A STUDY THAT BECOMES THE BASIS FOR ALL OTHERS

(BOOK)
METHOD OF SITTING
MEDITATION
(from The Scriptures of
Won Buddhism)

Venerable Chwasan

(JOURNAL)
 
POSTURE, BREATH,
MIND, & FAQ
ABOUT MEDITATION

Rev. Daesung Song