Test about the knowledge.
In order to avoid a wrong (erroneous) knowledge can lead to practice oppressing or repressing the mind and lose time. Monastery will have some regular tests for practitioner until all practitioners completely understand.
1/ “ The mind is unmoveable, peaceful, joyful and not attached”. Explain the meaning of this mind and show your practice when reminding the mind this sentence?
2/ what do you do when having a thought? How many types of the thought?
Give examples and show how to practice with those thoughts?
3/When you have sloth and torpor, what you have to do? Show how to eliminate it and explain how important those methods are (or what purpose to use those methods)?
4/ When sitting as normal person, where is the mind? Tell clearly the state of mind how moveable or peaceful the mind is? How correct the peaceful mind is? How wrong the peaceful mind is? How correct the moveable mind is? How wrong the moveable mind is?
5/How many methods a practitioner must practice in one period of time (For example: 1 hours, 2 hours, 3 hours)?
1/“ A mind is unmoveable, peaceful, joyful and not attached” is a mind in a state of Nirvana of Buddism, when the mind in this state, there is not any unwholesome objects to act upon. Wanting to keep and protect this Noble truth to reach enlightenment is only to have Auto self suggestion method. When reminding the mind this sentence, the mind must be natural, not oppress or repress, a consciousness also does not attach or cling to this sentences.
2/When the mind have any thought, need to DISTINGUISH that thought. There are 3 types of thought. WHOLESOME thought, UNWHOLESOME thought, and neither WHOLESOME nor UNWHOLESOME thought.
For example: When there is a UNWHOLESOME thought, need to REMIND the mind to expel it or use a KNOWLEDGE OF THE CAUSE AND EFFECT LAW to completely contemplate or reflect on.
3/When someone has a sloth and torpor, that one need to do WALKING MEDITATION or use a MINDFULNESS IMMERSED IN THE BODY method which means that to remind the mind before acting the body.
4/ When sitting as normal person, the mind is in the FOUR FRAMES OF REFERENCE (the four foundations of mindfulness), then the mind will be PEACEFUL but MOVEABLE.
- The mind is PEACEFUL, a consciousness can distinguish all objects around, but not attach (cling) to any things is correct.
- The mind is PEACEFUL, but a consciousness does not have any thoughts is wrong.
- The mind is MOVEABLE, a consciousness can distinguish all objects around, but not attach (cling) to any things is correct.
- The mind is MOVEABLE, but a consciousness thinks about all things and attach (cling) to those things is wrong.
5/ There are 4 things to do in the one section period of time:
- Mindfulness of in-and-out breathing
- Contemplate or reflect on ending of fermentations
- Mindfulness immersed in the body.
- The four foundations of mindfulness