I’ve practiced this style of study/meditation for many years and have found that it helps me retain information, calm my body/mind, and attain insight. For my internet Sangha, I share this description of a practice with the hope that some may find benefit.
Namo Infinite Light Buddha
In the Subha Sutta, Ananda is asked to visit Subha. Ananda declines because he is intoxicated, under the influence of some substance– the time is “not proper”.
In Sutta 10 (“Subhasuttam”) of the Digha Nikaya we hear of an occasion where Ananda is asked to go visit Subha, but replies that the day is not right because he has taken ‘medicine’.
Extracting discussion of Mindfulness of Breath from Thanisarro Bhikkhu’s: “A Meditator’s Tools”. This is all from the introduction. It is so beautiful!
We use the raft to cross over, it is useful. Yet, when we reach the other side, we leave it behind. Fools cling to teaching for teaching’s sake– carrying rafts on their heads forever.
“It is, bhikkhus, only to trifling and insignificant matters, to the minor details of mere moral virtue, that a worldling would refer when speaking in praise of the Tathāgata.” ~Brahamjala Sutta
The Digha Nikaya is beautiful!
Enumeration of Phenomena. From the Abhidhamma Pitaka. “Pitaka” means “basket”.
I read this delightful discourse for you. Also, I have provided the text. With compassion, for the benefit of all beings. Enjoy!