Johnny Dangerous wrote:I've seen this mentioned in a number of books, i'm wondering, how often is self-generation as the deity done by itself, outside of Sadhana practice?
I've gotta think this is a bit more of an advanced practice, for someone already familiar with the self-generation as outlined in sadhana....though in a sense, it's also a basic part of sadhana practice itself. In other words, the generation stage contemplations ARE samatha practice.
If you're talking about "spontaneous recollection," that can be used as a basis for samatha, but it's usually much more than that sort of approach.
Quite right. It also becomes clear that embodiment includes more than 'visualisation'. We might suggest incarnate representation of completely empowered qualities . . .CrawfordHollow wrote:I may be wrong, but I think that the feeling of the whole thing may be more important than what you are visualizing.
Ayu wrote:He asked my teacher, if he was allowed to meditate like this because as a total beginner he had no initiation. The Geshe said Yes, it is okay.
Ayu wrote:I wonder about your wording "by itself".
As far as i know, it is pretty much work of training and concentration to generate a visualization.
But i heard from a beginner in meditation, that he had some vision of the buddha coming nearer and nearer to him until they melt together. This came by itself while sitting in meditation.
He asked my teacher, if he was allowed to meditate like this because as a total beginner he had no initiation. The Geshe said Yes, it is okay.
Maybe it was a memory of his past life practices.