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Wayfaring: A Manual for Insight Meditators

Wayfaring: A Manual for Insight Meditators

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On insight meditation, vipassana. By Ajahn Sobin S. Namto. Wheel Publication No. 266.
On insight meditation, vipassana. By Ajahn Sobin S. Namto. Wheel Publication No. 266.

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Wayfaring
A Manual for Insight Meditators
by
Bhikkhu Sobin S. Namto
Buddhist Publication SocietyKandy, Sri Lanka
The Wheel Publication No. 266–267
Copyright © Kandy, Buddhist Publication Society, (1979, 1984)BPS Online Edition © (2009)Digital Transcription Source: BPS.First published by Wat Buddhawararam of DenverFirst Edition: BPS 1979Second Printing: 1984For free distribution. This work may be republished, reformatted, reprinted and redistributed inany medium. However, any such republication and redistribution is to be made available to thepublic on a free and unrestricted basis and translations and other derivative works are to beclearly marked as such and the Buddhist Publication Society is to be acknowledged as theoriginal publisher.
 
Contents
Foreword................................................................................................................................................3Introduction by Achan Sobin...............................................................................................................3Provisions For the Journey...................................................................................................................4Sights Along The Way..........................................................................................................................6The Way Clears......................................................................................................................................9The Teacher..........................................................................................................................................11The Preparation...................................................................................................................................11The Interview.......................................................................................................................................11Interview Section.................................................................................................................................12Seventh Day......................................................................................................................................12Eighth Day........................................................................................................................................12Ninth Day.........................................................................................................................................13Tenth Day.........................................................................................................................................14Eleventh Day....................................................................................................................................16Twelfth Day......................................................................................................................................17Thirteenth Day.................................................................................................................................18Fourteenth Day................................................................................................................................19Biography of Achan Sobin S. Namto.................................................................................................222
 
Foreword
The instruction in this manual is that given by the Venerable P.M. Sobin Namto, our teacher(achan), a Buddhist monk and meditation teacher from Thailand. Selected portions were chosenfrom taped conversations with Achan, recorded in an informal atmosphere. An interviewsection, slightly edited, is provided for the meditator as general guidance in the initial phases of meditation practice. The instruction is in no sense definitive, as each meditator'’s experiencediffers; however, similar problems manifest under different guises. Our frustrations, anxietiesand conflicts appear to have a common genesis: all spring from the root-base of greed, hatredand confusion.The material presented in this digest presumes the reader'’s acquaintance with the techniquesof Vipassanā-Insight Meditation and fundamental knowledge of the Dharma. The text is nothighly polished; some repetition is inevitable. But if a glint of the brilliance of the Crown Jewelof the Dhamma—the way of mindfulness—is reflected within the mind of the reader, thesewritings will have served their purpose.Wat Buddhawararam of Denver4801 Julian StreetDenver, Colorado 80221, U.S.A.
Introduction by Achan Sobin
As a novice, I carefully studied the Buddhist teaching and diligently applied myself to the studyof philosophy, scripture, history and language. I could explain the most abstruse points of Buddhist philosophy and speak on the field of Buddhist meditation. My mind was packed tooverflowing with facts. Only when I decided to put the books away and actually enteredmeditation training myself, did I begin to understand truly what I had studied and what I hadbeen taught.I sincerely hope that each reader is encouraged to pursue the training with ever-greaterdetermination, to search for the truth—to discover the dharma not found in books.May you all persevere on the path.—Achan Sobin3

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