The meditation method that I use is called Dhammakaya meditation. When using this technique, we keep the mind focused at the centre of the body without contemplating any thoughts (that makes it different from Transcendental meditation or Vipassana Mindfulness meditation).
The centre of the body is located in the abdomen, two fingers’ width above the navel. It is the focal point of the balance and the body’s gravity. It is the securest point in the body. It symmetrically divides left and right, top and bottom, front and back parts of the body. It is also the point where all the senses come together as one.
Dhamma = pure and clean nature of all being
Kaya = layers of bodies
Bodies of pure nature exist within everyone of us, and during the meditation we try to connect with those layers inside.
The most common techniques that Dhammakaya meditation uses are:
- Breathing – following how the breath goes all the way to the centre of the body, and maintaining the focus steadily at the centre;
- Visualization – visualizing a simple, round object, like the sun, the moon or a crystal ball at the centre of the body;
- Mantra – repeating a simple and easy phrase silently from the centre of the body and feeling it echoing to all parts of the body and beyond. A good mantra is “Clear and Bright”, “Here and Now” or the mantra that is usually used in Dhammakaya meditation “Samma Arahang” (samma = correct, righteous; arahang = purity). Together “Samma Arahang” means the right way to purity.
Dhammakaya meditation was re-discovered by the Great Master Luang Pu Wat Paknam (Phramonkolthepmuni). He re-discovered the Dhammakaya Meditation in 1917 when he was 33 years old (after completing 12 vassa, or 12 years as a monk). This practice had been lost 500 years after Lord Buddha passed away. Lord Buddha (Siddhārtha Gautama) attained enlightenment through the middle way, which is the centre of the body, when he was 35, approximately 578 B.C.