Ajahn Nyanadhammo

Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation

Walking meditation is often used in vipassanā meditation, especially during retreats. In this book Ajahn Nyanadhammo explains various techniques of walking meditation.

If you practice samatha meditation on buddho, walking meditation is not directly part of the meditation system itself. Ahba teaches that it is extremely difficult to achieve very high concentration while walking and having your eyes open.

However, it is good to keep repeating buddho mentally, during a retreat, but actually at any time during the day. This is a form of sati (mindfulness) with which you protect the mind and if you practice like this it also becomes more ‘normal’ for the mind to focus on buddho. This greatly benefits the concentration process.

In that sense, walking meditation is also a valuable addition for the practitioner of samatha meditation on buddho.

A nice detail is that Ahba is sometimes invited by Ajahn Nyanadhammo to give his blessing.

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About Ajahn Nyanadhammo

Ajahn Nyanadhammo was born in Adelaide in 1955. He became inspired by the Buddha's message while a biology student, and in 1978 stayed at Wat Buddhadhamma near Sydney before travelling to Thailand to ordain.

He received his novice ordination from Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, and in 1979 received full ordination with Ajahn Chah. He then spent many years wandering in the jungles, staying in secluded monasteries and seeking out great teachers. From 1994 to 2002 he stayed at Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery as deputy to Ajahn Brahmavamso. From 2002 he was the abbot of Wat Pa Nanachat in Thailand and since 2007 he has been the abbot of Wat Pa Ratanawan in Thailand, a forest monastery at the foot of Kow Yai National Park.

You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the way

Buddha, Dhp 276