“Looking into the Nature of the Mind — by His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin”
It requires a base of stable concentration. At very basic level of concentration practice, try to be in quiet, comfortable place free from noise and distractions. If possible, sit in full lotus position otherwise sit with a straight body and hands in meditation mudra.
For beginners use an object of concentration such as Buddha statue, a flower or some other objects and place the object at the level of your eyes two feet away.
Then, try to bring your breathing, your eyes and your mind together and place on the object without thinking about its qualities, shape or color.
Five faults to avoid:
1. First is Laziness or simply not making any effort to focus on the object
2. Second is Forgetting the Techniques and instructions you received.
3. Third is sinking and scattering: Sinking means your mind is dull and heavy. Scattering is unable to remain on the object of concentration.
4. Fourth is not applying the antidote when mind is going in opposite directions
5. Fifth is applying the antidote so much that antidote itself becomes a disturbance.
Eight Antidotes to the Five Faults
a. Antidote for laziness
1. Intention and interest in doing concentration practice
2. Second antidote is physical and mental effort (most important) we make effort when we have interest in something
3. Faith that we can achieve temporary and ultimate results through this practice
4. Physical and mental well-being results from calmness concentration
b. Antidote for Forgetfulness
5. Remembering and awareness
c. Antidote for sinking and scattering of mind
6. Watching your thoughts
d. Antidote for fourth fault is
7. Simply applying the antidote
e. Fifth fault is
8. Apply equanimity, neither too strong nor too relaxed.