Luangpor Teean Jittasubho was a Thai monk who developed the Mahasati Meditation technique which allows practitioners to achieve Self-Awareness in the 21st century. Your Choice: A Life of Chaos or a Life of Peace Some people, when they hear of this topic may know or understand what it means since there is both chaos and peace within us. We have experienced and recognized both. We may say there is a chaotic path and a peaceful path. Nobody wants chaos.
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He was the son of Jeen and Som Intapew. His father died when he was young. Since there was no school in the small village of Buhom, he did not have formal education in his childhood. The boy, like the rest of them in the village, had to help his mother in running their farm. At the age of eleven, he was ordained as a novice at the village monastery, and stayed there with his uncle who was a resident monk.
During a year and six months in the monastery, he studied Laotian scripts and ancient local scripts. He also started practicing various meditation methods, such as the Budh-dho and Breath Counting methods.
After disrobing, he returned to his home. Following tradition, he was ordained as a monk at the age of twenty. Again he studied and practiced meditation with his uncle for six months.
After returning to lay life, he was married at twenty-two and had three sons. In his village, he was always a leader in Buddhist activities and was highly respected and chosen to be the head of the village on three different occasions.
Despite of heavy responsibilities, he continued his meditation practice regularly. Later he moved to Chiengkhan, a larger community, where his sons could attend school. Being a merchant, he sailed his steamboat along the Maekhong River between Chiengkhan-Nongkai-Vientiane, or even as far as Luangprabang. He had opportunities to meet several meditation masters and his enthusiasm in pursuing Dhamma the Truth continued to strengthen. Furthermore, he began to realize that many years of being good, making merit, and practicing various methods of meditation had not liberated him from his anger.
Finally, he determined to start searching for the way out. In , when he was nearly forty-six, he left his home with firm determination not to return unless he found the Truth. He went to Wat Rangsimukdaram, Tambol Pannprao, Amphur Tabon in Nongkai Province Amphur Srichiengmai at present and practiced a simple form of bodily movements except that he did not follow the recitation of the words "ting-ning" moving-stopping like others did.
What he did was only being aware of the movements of the body and mind. Within a couple of days, on the early morning of the eleventh day of the waxing moon, the eighth month of , his mind reached the End of Suffering completely without traditional rituals or teachers.
Later he returned home. He taught his wife and relatives what he had found for two years and eight months, as a lay teacher. He then decided to re-enter monkhood in order to be in a better position to teach the people.
The ordination was made on February 3, His teachings were spreading across the country as well as outside. He devoted his life to the teaching of Dhamma despite his poor health. He was diagnosed to have stomach cancer malignant lymphoma in In spite of his illness he continued his work actively and incisively until the end of his life. On September 13, at PM.
Luang Por Teean and His Dynamic Meditation
By that time, I happened to be experiencing a difficulty in meditation and was advised to stop the practice for a while. Being preferred to continue with practice, I was delighted to find a different technique that meditates on the awareness of movements. I felt this method was a very good alternative to the traditional static method, and would allow me to practice meditation without side effects. I was right, and have been a practitioner ever since. I do not object to traditional meditation, and actually I still practice it sometimes. After all, it is well documented that many meditation masters were enlightened through these methods.
He replied that this kind of meditation was widely practised before the time of the Buddha. When we emerge from the concentrated state, our mind is still subject to greed, anger and delusion, it has not really changed. It is like placing a rock upon the grass. Even though the grass under the rock may wither, as soon as it is exposed to sunlight the grass will grow again. This is different from Insight Meditation vipassana , which gives rise to knowing and understanding, to wisdom, the mind changing to a fundamentally better, more normal condition.
Mahasati is my main meditation practice, and it is what I teach to clients at Hope Rehab. People who are dealing with drug withdrawals can struggle when it comes to focusing on the breath, but the physical movements of this dynamic form of meditation are easy to perform. I also like the fact that it is done with the eyes open because this makes it easier to remain mindful afterwards there is no abrupt switch between the practice and real life. Here is a video showing the simple movements of mahasati meditation Practicing mahasati means we develop enough concentration so we can clearly see what is happening in our own minds. The more mindfulness we cultivate like this, the more we can deal with in life. Luang Por Teean believed striving for deep states of concentration was ultimately a dead-end. He likened it to placing a large boulder on a patch of weeds.
LUANGPOR TEEAN PDF
The Buddha taught that each of us could come to the very important point of the cessation of suffering. Mahasati Meditation is a simple and direct method of practice developed by Luangpor Teean Cittasubho, an important teacher in the world of Thai Buddhism. Many teachers, mostly from the East, provide many different forms of meditation. Some teachers use breath-counting and breath-concentration. Others teach concentration on a mantra or a koan. Some tell their students to visualize a religious image or some form of light or color. These methods all share the same central theme - the concentration of the mind.
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