What are the similes and metaphors that have helped you in your personal meditation practice?
Goal would be to make a wiki entry here on SC with your inputs. Please use SC or (if not ETB) other accessible references! Categories would be (in descending priority): similes from…
- commentaries / visuddhimagga,
- zen and vajjrayana
- contemporary buddhist teachers
- comtemporary other teachers
Let me start with AN 3.102
"Just as if a goldsmith … would take hold of some gold with his tongs and place it in the receptacle. Periodically he would blow on it, periodically sprinkle it with water, periodically examine it closely… In the same way, a monk intent on heightened mind should attend periodically to three themes: he should attend periodically to the theme of concentration… of uplifted energy… of equanimity."