30. Meditation101 Variety
The Six Mental Spheres in Dhammakaya Meditation
By Pirajak S. (Pittaya Wong)
30 August 2019
What is the Dhamma Sphere?
The Dhamma Sphere is the mental sphere which nourishes the corresponding body, e.g. the Dhamma sphere of human body nourishes the human body while the Dhamma sphere of celestial body nourishes the celestial body. The Dhamma sphere is enhanced by the Sila Sphere, Samadhi Sphere, Panna Sphere, Vimutti Sphere, and Vimuttinanadassana Sphere, and all other contributing factors. Thus, the function of Dhamma sphere is like the main station which directly empowers the corresponding body. When one’s Dhamma sphere is gloomy, one’s life regresses. On the contrary, when one’s Dhamma sphere is bright and shiny, one’s life prospers.
What is the Sila Sphere?
The Sila Sphere or the Sphere of Morality is the mental sphere of Dhamma quality which motivates one’s sub-consciousness as well as awareness in keeping up with morality mentally, verbally, and physically. In general, the Sila Sphere helps keeping clean of one’s mind, speech, and action. The sub-consciousness or awareness of morality is made possible by the Sila Sphere in the form of ‘preference’ or ‘inclination.’ When the mental preference of morality or Sila arises in deep meditation, it becomes Adhi-Sila or the mental state of superb morality.
What is the Samadhi Sphere?
The Samadhi Sphere or the Sphere of Concentration is the mental sphere which empowers one’s mind to remain calm against mental hindrances. When this mental quality arises in deep meditation, it is called Adhi-Citta or the mental state of superb concentration.
What is the Panna Sphere?
The Panna Sphere or the Sphere of Wisdom is the mental sphere of Dhamma quality that allows our mind to be wise in comprehending the Dhamma as well as all other knowledge correctly, more or less. When this mental quality arises in deep meditation, it becomes Adhi-Panna or the mental state of superb wisdom.
What is Vimutti Sphere?
The Vimutti Sphere is the mental sphere which contains the Dhamma quality that enables one’s mind to be freed from defilements, so called the mental liberation.
What is Vimuttinanadassana Sphere?
The Vimuttinanadassana Sphere is the mental sphere which enables the state of self-realisation that one is already freed or liberated from defilements.
According to Dhammakaya Meditation, practitioners start from the attainment of Dhamma Sphere, followed by Sila Sphere (morality), Samadhi Sphere (concentration), Panna Sphere (wisdom), Vimutti Sphere (liberation), and Vimuttinanadassana Sphere (realisation of liberation), respectively. When one is more wisdom-driven, one achieves Panna Vimutti or wisdom driven liberation. When one is more concentration-driven, one achieves Ceto Vimutti or the mental concentration liberation. However, the aforesaid Dhamma spheres are not a meditation objects or nimitta, but they are the mental spheres which contain Dhamma qualities similar to the mental spheres described in the higher Dhamma or Abhidhamma.
Who is the ‘Healing Transcendroid’?
To explain this, it is necessary to firstly give the general idea that humans live their lives under the operation of the Law of Karma which is like the software that supervises the living and on-going of humans. When a human commits sinful deeds, the Immaterial Unwholesome Machine of Element & Essence, which functions like the unwholesome computer server of the universe, will process and calculate the inputs namely the mental, verbal, and physical misdeeds based on its software or the Law of Karma Program. Then, the Immaterial Unwholesome Machine of Element & Essence will produce the outputs which are the karmic programs to be installed and sin energy to be transmitted to the responsible human body, and vice versa for the Immaterial Wholesome Machine of Element & Essence. Thereafter, when the programmed karma works as energized by the stored sin energy, it causes various forms of sufferings to the responsible human such as illness. We can conclude that illness is a kind of karmic program (like a computer virus) that malfunctions and harms the human body.
A Healing Transcendroid is a celestial droid or kayasiddhi whom the creator such as the specialized Medicine Buddha created and/or acquired and installed healing programs which can solve the programmed karmic illness created and transferred to a responsible human body by the Immaterial Unwholesome Machine of Element & Essence. In addition, the Healing Transcendroid is like a celestial AI who can work with a meditation practitioner to provide healing to the practitioner himself and others. We can compare the Healing Transcendroid to the anti-virus program of our human body who can work either customly or automatically. In return, the creator of healing Transcendroid earns merit or benefit in exchange for the creation.
By Pirajak S. (formerly Pittaya Wong)
English Version on 11 July 2019