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Anguttara Nikaya
X. Dasaka-Nipata
III. Maha Vagga

Sutta 25

Kasina Suttam

Kasina

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][bodh] I HEAR TELL:

Once the Lucky Man addressed the bhikkhus, saying:

'Beggars!'

And 'Bhante,' they replied

Then the Lucky Man said this to them:

2. There are, beggars, ten kasina[1] deployments.[2]

What ten?

One perceives the earth-kasina above, below, across, united, immeasurable.

One perceives the water-kasina above, below, across, united, immeasurable.

One perceives the firelight-kasina above, below, across, united, immeasurable.

One perceives the wind-kasina above, below, across, united, immeasurable.

One perceives the blue-kasina above, below, across, united, immeasurable.

One perceives the yellow-kasina above, below, across, united, immeasurable.

One perceives the red-kasina above, below, across, united, immeasurable.

One perceives the white-kasina above, below, across, united, immeasurable.

One perceives the space-kasina above, below, across, united, immeasurable.

One perceives the consciousness-kasina above, below, across, united, immeasurable.

These then, beggars, are the ten kasina deployments.

 


[1] Kasina. Objects of various sorts which are used to develop concentration. The common denominator is the elementary nature of these devices. Rocks not clocks. Things which allow observation without stimulating diffuse thinking. See References below: The Fourty Subjects of Meditation.

[2] Ayatana. Spheres, ranges, domains, realms. Once the kasina is internalized and can be seen clearly with the mind's eye, it is used in various ways to assist in magic powers. The earth kasina can be projected onto a body of water so as to allow walking on water; projected into the sky so as to allow sky-walking; the space device can be projected on a wall or obstacle to allow one to pass through, and so forth.

 


 

References:

AN 10.25 Woodward n.1
Discussion: The Fourty Subjects of Meditation
The Book of the Ones: 455 and following.
Make an Earth Kasina


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