This is the second in a series of posts about how to remember Dharma lists. The first can be found here.
There are many, many ways of remembering lists. If you google ‘how to memorise’ you will find lots of sources of information and methods of memorisation. All memorisation techniques require two things to work in the long term.
Firstly, you will need to do a little work up front to establish the list in your memory so that you can pull it back out again. Initially this may seem to be more effort than simply sitting down and learning the list parrot fashion. However, by putting in some effort at the start, you will find that you will be able to remember the list of information effortlessly, instantly and in any order you like.
Secondly, you will need to revisit the list frequently in the future until it becomes firm in your memory. If you learn the list and then neglect to review the memory, it will fade and then be lost. One way to overcome this is to have a diary where you give yourself the task of recalling the list on particular days in the future. I will return to this topic in the final post in this series.
Finally, I hope that it goes without saying that you should UNDERSTAND (at least in general terms) what each of the items on the list actually means! There is little benefit to be had in reeling off Dharma lists if we do not have at least some understanding of their meaning.
With this in mind, stay tuned for the next post where we start to get to grips with the memorisation technique itself.
Love Vide x