Leaving this world
2. Sitting meditation in full lotus position and in half lotus position, which one has more effect in concentration and having less fault thoughts?
1. There is a Chinese verse that says that when the last warm part of the body is the:
a. Top of the head: Birth to the Buddhas’ Pure Lands,
b. Eye/forehead: Birth onto the Heavens,
c. Heart: Birth to the Human realm,
d. Stomach: To go to the Hungry Ghosts realm,
e. Knees: To fall to the Animal realm,
f. Bottom of the foot: To sink down to the hells.
That is in general, but it’s not necessary always like that. For example, after death, we still can use the 49-day Dharma to help the deceased obtain a better rebirth (rebirth into a better realm).
2. Sitting in full lotus position is more difficult, therefore is a lot more effective. Caution: do not to meditate alone because it’s easy to get into trouble. It’s better to have a teacher to guide you. People who are blessed are able to find a teacher who knows where they are and guide them to higher samadhi levels.
3. Before receiving precepts, you have to study them. At our temple, before we transmit the five precepts, Buddhists must attend the five precepts class. Let alone left home people.
Bhikshu precepts are transmitted to left home people. Do not even read the precepts unless you are given permission because that is considered to be Dharma theft: a quite serious offense