Improving Meditation With the Suttas

Venerable Vimalaramsi practiced meditation for many years before he began studying the Pali Canon. He discovered that the instructions for meditation differed between the suttas ( Buddhist Discourses ) and the commentaries ( ancient commentaries by scholar monks about the discourses ) and that most meditation teachers used the instructions from the commentaries. According to Venerable Vimalaramsi the instructions from the commentaries leave some important steps out. In this video Venerable Vimalaramsi explains how to meditate using the instructions from the suttas and he explains how to get the extra value from these missing steps.

His views about using the suttas for meditation instructions are discussed at length in his book which is available as a free PDF: The Anapanasati Sutta: A Practical Guide to Mindfulness of Breathingand Tranquil Wisdom Meditation by the Venerable U Vimalaramsi

The meditation concepts from the suttas mentioned in the video can be found in the sutta:
The Greater Exhortation to Rahula: MN 62 PTS: M i 420

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