That buzz

Whether it’s the cosmic hum of the universe or the sound of our own eardrums’ vibrations or something else all together, what Ajahn Sumedho refers to as “the sound of silence” and Buddhists, Hindus and before them Brahmans call the anahata nada sound, is a real phenomenon. It’s not something I always notice, certainly, but more and more often, that drone or buzz is a predominant object in the overall soundscape of life.


Remembering the body

The four foundations of mindfulness (or frames of reference) play a central role in Buddhist meditation, particularly in the Burmese vipassanā tradition. They are roughly translated as follows:

  1. Kayanupassana: contemplation of the body
  2. Vedananupassana: contemplation of feeling
  3. Cittanupassana: contemplation of consciousness/mind
  4. Dhammanupassana: contemplation of mental objects/qualities


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