Posted by Shane (126.96.36.199) on August 19, 2000 at 07:50:19:
In Reply to: need some advice posted by gary g on August 18, 2000 at 18:36:14:
While I don't know of any specific exercise for quitting smoking by means of a certain mantra or meditational technique, I believe that realizing certain overall Buddhist precepts and firmly believing in them and practicing them could help you snuff out your habit. Just think of smoking as a nonvirtuous habit that only sucumbs to the pressure of the senses or of the five poisons. Smoking as a habit is usually just another method in which one trys to kill the sting of the suffering of life. But this is just a microcosom for the greater cessation of suffering that we all long for: nirvana. Meditate on the transitory nature of life and how fleeting and infinitely small the pleasure smoking really brings you and how the small amounts of pleasure that you obtain through smoking will soon be gone and forgotten all together. If anything it will only produce negative effect on your health, diminishing the capacity for you in your body to acheive liberation or enlightenment.
As a whole, I believe that meditating may indeed be a path that would allow you to acheive a position of better control over the pull on your senses that smoking only perpetuates. Just remember what I mentioned above and work really hard maintaining mindfullness and concentration and you will overcome any obstacle of this illusionary world we roam in. Best of luck my friend.
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