Instructions in Meditation – Sinhala

These instructions are given by Most Ven. U. Dhammajiva Maha Thero of Meetirigala Nissaranavanaya Forest Monastery, Sri Lanka. The Maha Thero is a traditionally trained meditation master of Theravada Buddhism. He has learned meditation under two great masters; Most Ven. late Matara Sri Gnānārāma Maha Thero of Sri Lanka and Sayadaw U. Panditha of Burma. He is fluent in English, Sinhalese, Pali and Burmese languages.

Most Ven. U. Dhammajiva Maha Thero primarily teaches Vipassana meditation. However, he is also trained in Samatha or tranquility meditation. He is one of the very few traditional teachers who could guide a student in either pure Vipassana or Samatha meditation according to the inherent characteristics of that student.

Please note that some of the following links will direct you to additional web pages which contain further explanations regarding the instructions. You will have to first left-click on those links to reach those additional web pages. These are indicated under the section headings.

For the Beginners:

(‘Left click’ on the following as it will direct you to additional pages with further instructions. Nos. 4&5)

  1. 01. Basic Instructions in Meditation_Sinhala
  2. 02. Intrusive thoughts in Meditation – 1
  3. 03. Intrusive thoughts in Meditation – 2
  4. 04. Non-reaction in Meditation.
  5. 05. Overcoming Hindrances and Gaining the Rewards of the Practice.
  6. 06. This guidance will help you to mature both in Life and Meditation.

For One Day Meditation Programs

Please click here to reach the web page.

Basic Instructions Further Divided.

  1. Instructions in Sitting Meditation.
  2. Instructions in Walking Meditation.
  3. Instructions in Mindfulness in Day to Day activities.

For the Advancing:

(‘Left click’ on the following as it will direct you to additional pages with further instructions. Nos. 7, 10, 11 & 12)

  1. 01. Be Unshaken even when you lose Sathi or Mindfulness
  2. 02. Correctly Identify and Handle the Fading away of the ‘I’ Factor
  3. 03. Learn to handle the Laziness and the Loneliness when Advancing
  4. 04. Understand the Self-Hating and Fault Finding Mind
  5. 05. Development of Bala Dhamma.
  6. 06. Advice to Yogis Returning Home after a Retreat.
  7. 07  Bhava Thanhā.(භව තණ්හා)
  8. 08 – Sammā Dhittiya
  9. 09 – Developing the Mindfulness to Power Level
  10. 10. Handling Strong Emotions during Meditation Retreats.
  11. 11. Asawattaniya Dhamma and the development of the Path.
  12. 12. හිත හිස්කිරීම සහ උලලේනාගේ ශෝකාලාපය.
  13. 13. Why is it difficult to both understand and accept the Middle Path?

For the Advanced:
(‘Left click’ on the following as it will direct you to additional pages with further instructions. Nos. 3,4 & 5)

  1. 01. Gradual elimination of Anusaya Dhamma
  2. 02. The Truth of Suffering and the Development of the Path
  3. 03 – Sanskāra
  4. 04 – Vipassana Sammā Dhittiya is necessary even to enter the Middle Path
  5. 05. Animittha Chetho Vimukthiya අනිමිත්ත චේතෝ විමුක්තිය and the Truth of Nirodha නිරෝධ සත්‍යය
  6. 06. The wandering mind need not be an unhappy mind
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4 thoughts on “Instructions in Meditation – Sinhala

    • Dear Nilukshi,

      What we propagate through Damsara is the Path of Dhamma as enumerated by the Lord Buddha. I have not come across any teachers advising any type of ‘Distant Learning ‘during my nearly 45 years of Buddhist meditation practice. The Novices are always encouraged to visit a teacher and practice along with similarly minded practitioners. I am aware that there are Mindfulness Training imparted over the internet now originating from the Western countries. Those are the very popular secular or non-religious Mindfulness practices developed by the Westerners using certain elementary principles of ‘Vipassana’ Meditation Practice.

      The Buddhist meditation teachers advice the beginners to join an appropriate teacher and practice with them as a group – thus gaining firsthand experience. Its a progressive Path of Sila or moral conduct, listening to good Dhamma, explaining the difficult areas to the teacher to gain supportive advice, regular practice at home and as a group according to the system taught by the teacher. You can start to practice at home after you attend at least some One Day Retreats. There are such retreats in Colombo and at Mitirigala Nissaranavanaya Forest Monastery. Please check the next few such retreats on the Home page of Damsara (You have to scroll down the page. The first one is at Anuradhapura and far away from Colombo). Here is the link: damsara.org
      A diligent practitioner has to listen to good Dhamma Talks regularly (if possible, daily). ‘Good Dhamma’ are the Dhamma Talks that will guide a practitioner progressively along the Path of Dhamma. Here is a good one to start with: 24. Dhamma Talk at the Adelaide Temple_15-01-2018
      You may subsequently listen to the first three Dhamma Talks of Dasuttara Sutta – Part 56 (Adelaide). Here is the link: Dasuttara Sutta – Part 56 (Adelaide)
      It is advisable to register for Dhamma Newsletters at Damsara. This helps the ardent practitioners a lot. I will send you a copy of the most recent Newsletter by email today. Inform me if you wish to register for the Newsletters.
      Also listen to the Basic Instruction In Meditation given on this web page.

      With Metta,

      Aruna Manathunge

  1. Theruwan Saranayi….

    We are so pleased to see this brief section under the heading INSTRUCTIONS as this is very helpful to anyone, like me, who seek minor minor adjustments while meditating to bring it to a correct tract. Having mini clips is so much practical, i feel.
    If it is possible please let us have some MORE MINI CLIPS at Beginners Section, as this helps me a lot hence guess others do the same.

    WITH METTA..

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