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This attitude of passivity, of taking part less and less in what is happening, leads to concentration. Therefore, when you have succeeded in concentrating on the point of your choice, you are also free of disturbing thoughts; and, with continued concentration, the practitioner finds, as well, that fewer disturbing thoughts arise for the rest of the day. So, concentrate upon or relaxedly be aware of the tip of your nose, your navel or the point an inch and a half below it, in an area known as the tan t’ien, because your mind needs 31 something to occupy it.

When the beneficial effects of this simple procedure have manifested and you feel warm and relaxed and gently present, you can arrange yourself in your chosen sitting position. What follows are directions for sitting in the half-lotus position, as described by yet another teacher. Arrange your cushions so that you can sit comfortably for a 52 long time. Then, position yourself in the half-lotus position. To do this, sit upright with your knees out to either side and your legs crossed at your ankles.

Such contemplation is called looking into the unreal. Contemplation of the Mean There are two contrasting attitudes connected with contemplation of the void, on the one hand, and looking into the unreal, on the other. When you reach this stage, your achievement is still incomplete. Having succeeded with contemplation of the void, do not cling to the void; and when you have achieved contempla63 tion of the unreal, do not grasp at the unreal. When you succeed in keeping from the extremes of the void and the unreal, your non-relying and non-clinging mind will be extraordinarily clear, and this stage is called, contemplation of the mean.

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