Kasiṇa Meditation on Colours

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Kasiṇa Meditation on Colours

This meditation, which was taught by the Buddha in several of his discourses, mostly suits people with a visual perception, who thus find it easy and simple to focus on a colour in order to develop mental concentration (samādhi).

Kasiṇa, which means a complete, whole disc, is the name for a simple external round disk in order to produce and develop concentration which can lead up to the attainment of the 4 absorptions or ecstasies (jhāna, Sanskrit: dhyāna).

It consists in concentrating one’s full and undivided attention, first with open eyes by gazing on one visible object as preparatory image, e.g. a monochrome disc at some distance, until at last one perceives, even with the eyes closed, a mental image. By concentrating on this mental image over and over again, an illuminosity is produced and one can achieve high degrees of concentration.

Kasiṇa meditation is a common type of tranquility or serenity meditation (samatha). For a number of reasons, the meditation practice using Kasiṇa objects has not been very known in the West. One of the reasons may be that it is not easy to find qualified teachers who have had experience with the method.

As a forest monk, Bhante Nyanadassana has practised Kasiṇa meditation, following the Buddha’s recommendation to his disciples.

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