zipper meditation?

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zipper meditation?

Postby alan... » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:43 am

first i want to say leigh brasington is fantastic, his web site is incredibly useful.

anyway, something on there is puzzling me:

from, i tried to recreate the table, if it doesn't make sense to you then look at the :

Pañña (Wisdom or Insight) Practices
There are 2 types of Insight Practices: Meditations and Contemplations. Meditations do not involve "thinking"; Contemplations do involve non-distracted thinking. Both methods are mentioned in the Suttas (Discourses of the Buddha). The following tables give both types according to their sources:
Given in or derived from the Mahasatipatthana Sutta |
Meditations | Contemplations |
Anapanasati (Mindfulness of Breathing) | |
may be used for both Concentration & Insight | The Zipper |

i searched the web and can't find anything on it. in order in the satipatthana sutta though it could be referring to foulness of the body since you look at your body bit by bit like you unzipped it and are looking within?

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Re: zipper meditation?

Postby Kim OHara » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:09 am

You will have to ask him. The word 'zipper' doesn't occur anywhere else on his site, according to a site-specific search.



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Re: zipper meditation?

Postby alan... » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:15 am

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Re: zipper meditation?

Postby santa100 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:38 pm

Since the zipper's function is to combine the 2 pieces of clothing, maybe it was used as the analogy of Anapanasati as combining both Concentration and Insight.. :thinking:

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