As you sit with the kasina, the colors and shapes will start to morph and merge in an at-times dazzling optical display. This shifting quality will start to happen within the first minute of meditating. When you’re finished with a session of kasina gazing (and the practice can go on for anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more), shut your eyes immediately, and concentrate on the afterimage of the kasina that will appear behind your closed eyes. This image will have the same basic shape of the kasina, but the colors will be the opposite, complimentary colors from the kasina that you were gazing at.
The Kasina Project
Kasinas can be used both as meditational objects and art that you hang on your wall. Small kasinas (either 2 or 3 feet square) are the most appropriate for personal meditation. Large 4 feet square kasinas are perfect for meditation halls and yoga studios. Three kasinas of different colors, hung adjacently in a row with no space between them, create a very powerful and beautiful focal point for a living room space. All kasinas are individually printed as giclee prints, mounted on stretcher bars, and signed on the back by Will Johnson and can be purchased from the Store. I have been particularly drawn to this form of meditation as it combines my two primary fields of interest: the gazing practices of Rumi and Shams and the meditation practices of the Buddhists.
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During the time of the Buddha, small colored geometrical shapes called Kasinas were used as objects of meditation for developing strong concentration and one-pointedness of mind. The meditator would simply sit and gaze at the kasina for long periods of time and watch as his or her mind would begin to dissolve and undergo alteration. While the use of kasinas has long gone out of fashion, gazing at a powerful, colored shape continues to generate a strong effect on the mind of the meditator, and I have created the following kasinas that can be purchased through my store.