Visuddhimagga VIII-219

Athānena nimitteyeva cittaṃ ṭhapetabbaṃ.


Ñ(VIII,219): Then he should fix his mind on that same sign;

Evamassāyaṃ ito pabhuti ṭhapanāvasena bhāvanā hoti.


Ñ: and so from now on, his development proceeds by way of fixing.

Vuttañhetaṃ porāṇehi –


Ñ: For the Ancients said this:

‘‘Nimitte ṭhapayaṃ cittaṃ, nānākāraṃ vibhāvayaṃ;


Ñ: 'Fixing his mind upon the sign

And putting away extraneous aspects,

Dhīro assāsapassāse, sakaṃ cittaṃ nibandhatī’’ti. (pārā. aṭṭha. 2.165);


Ñ: The clever man anchors his mind

Upon the breathings in and out'.

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