DHAMMA – DANA – Sunlun Way of Meditation by Junior Win

I received letters from my readers who discussed with me the ‘Sunlun Way of Meditation’, and I heard their interest about the Sunlun Sayadaw; U Vinaya. I was familiar with the meditation since my childhood, because I was born in Burma, born as a Buddhist, and luckily I was born in the Buddhist family who are familiar with the Sunlun way of meditation. Here, I want to share you, this booklet that was written by my father, and he distributed to all the people around the world who are interested in Sunlun Way of Meditation.

 

The book called ‘ THE  SUNLUN WAY OF MEDITATION. The Basics of the Method’ in both English and Burmese language, is now freely for all the public to know the Sunlun way of meditation. Originally in Burmese was written by the Venerable monk from Pathein. My father; Dr. Khin Maung Win, Retired Professor of Mathematics (University of Rangoon, Burma), translated this booklet into English in 2009, and distributed free to all.

Before I gave you the full text of ‘The Sunlun Way of Meditaion’, I gave the explanation of the words which I mentioned above as a title as ‘Dhamma- Dana’ to the non-Burmese readers. Firstly I gave you the direct meanings of the Pali terms ‘damma’ and ‘danna’.  ‘Dhamma’ means‘doctrine’, and ‘Danna’ means ‘act of giving’. Whatever the direct meaning, it is the spirit in which the expression has been used that matters. In spirit, the expression is used to mean that the booklet is distributed free of charge to promote the Buddhist meditation method – in particular, the Sunlun method, taught by the Sunlun Sayadaw. It is the method by which He Himself attained Enlightenment.

Here we go……

 

The Cover of The Booklet,

 

TOUCH – AWARENESS – MINDFULNESS

 

THE  SUNLUN

 

WAY OF

 

MEDITATION

Page 1

 

Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato

Sammasambuddhassa

Prerequisite

With great respect for the Buddha

And for the Attainment of the Nirvana-

The final enlightenment

I give my body and mind

To the practice of meditation

In accordance with Buddha’s teaching.

Let all beings – high and low

Rejoice at my good deed

And let me, in turn

Rejoice at the good deeds of others.

 

Page 2

 

THE SULUN WAY OF MEDITATION

The Basics of the Method

TOUCH – AWARENESS – MINDFULNESS

These are the three words which constitute

The whole Sunlun method of meditation.

Touch and awareness

Be mindful of these two;

When there is touch

There’s awareness;

Just be mindful of that awareness

 

Page 3

 

The Practice :   First Part :

The breathing

Choose a suitable place,

Sit in the upright position,

Close your eyes and mouth,

Without listening to any sound,

Keep your mind on the tip of your nose,

Be mindfully aware

Only the touch of the air

Which goes in and out.

That’s all there is to it.

 

Page 4

Of the doors of the body

The nostrils from the gateway

To attainment of Enlightenment.

For that reason, the Sunlun way

Is based on the awareness of touch

Of the air, going  in and out

Of the nostrils.

The harder the breathing,

The harder the touch,

and

The stronger will be the awareness,

 

Page 5

The stronger the awareness,

The easier it is to be mindful.

And so, without rest

Without stopping

Without changing position

Without rubbing to relieve itching,

Keep the mind

Only on the awareness of touch

Till comes the times to stop.

 

 

 

Page 6..

The Pratice  :    Second Part :

Knowing the Sensation

As the teacher instructs the yogi

To stop breathing,

The yogi takes one last in – breath

And  stops- sitting still

He will then become aware of the sensations

Going through the whole body

Keep your mind on those sensations.

That is the main thing.

It’s so easy to tell

Yet doing it in practice-

It’s another thing.

Page 7   …

However difficult.

However impossible it seems.

Just be mindful of those sensations.

Keeping your body still

Without moving an inch

Without letting your mind wander

The key word here is

AS  IT  IS

” IT ”  means whatever sensation that arises.

If it is pain

Know that it is pain.

The sensation of pain,

But not the name.

 

Page 8  …

 

.If it be cramp or ache or numbness or

Heat or cold.

Know the fact that it is so,

The sensation as it is,

But not the name.

Know whatever arises

As it arises.

When it arises,

In the bare fact that it arises.

Know it only   ” as it is ”

meaning

Without letting thoughts of  “me ”  or  ” mine ”

 

Page 9

 

Not even the thoughts  of one’s own body,

Not the name of the sensations.

No thinking, no reflection.

Know the sensation only as it is.

Until there’s only knowing and sensation,

No body,

No self,

No reflection,

No concept of any kind.

There’s only knowing and sensation.

 

 

Page 10

 

Beyond Sensation

One contemplates on sensation

Knowing it only “as it is ”

Until there’s only sensation and knowing,

There will then come a time

When there’s no sensation,

Only the mindfulness of pure consciousness itself,

There’s no lust, no hate, no ignorance,

That’s  when the mind becomes pure,

Clear of self, purged, firm, serviceable.

 

 

Page 11

 

Able to put the mind

Where one wants to be,

Able to take the mind away

From where one doesn’t want to be-

That is called  Samadha – Magga ;

The base of which is Rupa.

Knowing  —  that’s Nama,

Realization of all is Samma-Ditthi-Magga.

The consequence of which will be

The ten stages of Nana or Knowledge,

Leading to Enlightenment;

That’s supreme happiness, peace and freedom,

Known as Nirvana.

 

Page 12

 

That’s no small achievement

And so, figuratively  speaking

One could say:

Just as a mango tree will come out

If a mango seed is well sown.

The result – the attainment of Enlightenment

Will come of it self,

For that’s only the effect

Of giving one’s attention

To sowing the best seeds

On the best ground,

Under the best possible conditions.

 

Page 13

 

Epilogue

For the attainment of Nirvana

With Saddha – resolution.

And Viriya – effort,

Sati and Samadhi- mindfulness and concentration,

As well as knowledge,

May one be able to practice effectively.

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1 comment for “DHAMMA – DANA – Sunlun Way of Meditation by Junior Win

  1. May Chou
    October 16, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Dear Junior Win: Thank you very much for sharing. I love Sunlun Sayadaw. But I do not have the “Saddha” to practice. Please kindly provide some tips of practicing Sunlun Sayadaw’s meditation.

    Thank you very much and blessings,
    may

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