56. Refined

Ajaan Bate of Khoke Mawn Forest Monastery came to converse with Luang Pu about the practice of concentration, saying, “I’ve been practicing concentration for a long time, to the point where I can enter fixed penetration (appanā samādhi) for long periods. When I leave meditation, there are times when I feel a rapturous sense of ease long afterwards. Sometimes there’s a sense of bright light, and I can fully understand the body. Is there anything else I should do next?”

Luang Pu answered,

“Use the power of that fixed penetration to examine the mind. Then let go of all preoccupations so that there’s nothing left at all.”