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When the last reverence dies out in the heart, And the sublimest of words loose their effect, And this entire existence appears As a fruit without a smell, Yet bitter to the Still Feeling tongue, Prison-like, To the soul that, Still, Yearns to freedom - And at a crucial junction In the forest of rotten … Continue reading The Bitter of Saint!
Adoration to St. Antony! Boredom often arises due to the restlessness of the mind, which is conditioned by nature to seek to stimulate itself continuously (this is how and why rebirth happens!). What we, as practitioners, discern in our hearts as “boredom”, is the most profound agent which propels life from one creature to another: … Continue reading Bhavāsava (On Boredom!)
By Bhikkhu Dhammarakkhita (Mahāviveka) June 2018 (download pdf) _______________________________________ “For these are merely names, expressions, turns of speech, designations in common use in the world. And of these a Tathāgata makes use indeed, but is not led astray by them.” _Buddha (DN 9.53. tr. Rhys Davids) * * * A hundred and twenty years have … Continue reading Issues with Pāli Literature and its Translation
Na hi bhavena bhavāni samūhanati Nibbidena ca virāgena ca nirujjhati
https://youtu.be/RdfLK5XwrQA ● Salāyatana (nose + olfactory potency) ↓ ● Phassa (nose contact with odour) ↓ ● Vedanā (pleasure) ↓ ● Tanha (craving) ↓ ● Upādāna (substantiating experience, now with another salāyatana, the gustatory) ↓ ● Bhava (seeking: again, more!) ↓ ● Jati (the natural consequence of further expedience and further being). https://youtu.be/ll53TCJxqOI ● Salāyatana (body, … Continue reading How Simple is Paticcasamuppada! (The Hedgehog version!)
Abstract: “Contact” (phassa) represents the very gate through which all that can be experienced is experienced. Thus it is the gate through which both pleasure and pain enter through the body (six senses) into one’s mental world. If there was no contact, there would be no conditioned existence and no suffering (SN 12.24). The goal is … Continue reading How simple is Paticcasamuppada?! “Phassa” .. The importance of contact.
Meaning of Vedana: Neither Pali nor English are so clear on lexical matters associated with "feeling". In English, both "feeling" and "sensation" can be understood as descriptions of the mere registering of sensorial input; that’s actually why I prefer “emotion”, since it unmistakably points to something beyond contact, something psychological, which is the point of … Continue reading Meaning of Vedana & Reality of Vedananirodha
While there are certain fundamental points, listed in the 37 bodhipakkhiyadhamma, adding to them the teachings on the twelve nidana, the four ariyasacca, the five upadanakhanda, and the three lakkhana - it is not only nearly impossible to agree in neither the details and nature of an all-inclusive practice method, nor its very existence, but … Continue reading Practice Method
For an arahant, what is a star? "It is that name given by people to that phenomenon which emits light in the night sky." Precisely and exactly what is experienced, what is perceived in experience, nothing more, nothing less! For everything in the universe is made up of the six elements, only the six elements, … Continue reading Dhamma & Mundane Knowledge
1. The mental roots of prejudice 1.1 Overview and method The Buddha adopted a radically pragmatic, down-to-earth methodology, in investigating the possible solutions to any psychological problem: He insisted that the root cause of that problem must be discerned. Otherwise, we end up engaging with this problem only on a symptomatic level. And while in … Continue reading A Buddhist Perspective on the Psychology of Prejudice
Can any true and pure transcendental doctrine and practice ever function as a “social religion” without losing its purity in the process? The historical tendency is for pure religious doctrines to become appropriated to the use of the masses as soon as they become adopted on a large social scale or by the state. … Continue reading Religion as Pure Doctrine & as Social Phenomenon
Samadhi is the absence of spontaneous reactionariness. So it is not the happening or advent of a new experience, but rather the cessation of one that is naturally and continually happening; which is spontaneous reactionariness, on both the bodily and mental levels, sensorially, emotionally, and conceptually. That is why it has been difficult to describe … Continue reading An Experiential Definition of Samadhi & Pañña
Fear is always fear of phantoms! No other kind of fear exists. We can only be afraid of ideas. It's not possible to be afraid of a "thing". All experiences, without exception, are revealing, are opportunities for salvation. There are no fearful experiences. There is only fear of phantoms.
I am doubtful about the listed meaning of "a/kālika" in all Pali dictionaries, and this is no heroism or pessimism, this is the duty of a translator! "Akālika" is understood as "immediate" or “without delay”, and figuratively, it is said to mean "happening in this very life"; all of which is the opposite of "kālika", … Continue reading Meaning of “akālika”
If you punish offenders, they will grow full of hatred and resentment; you are possibly making them become villains! If you punish offenders, you will grow accustomed to cruelty; possibly making yourself a villain! If you forgive offenders, they will become struck by shame and guilt; you are possibly making them become saints! If you … Continue reading Punishment vs. Forgiveness
Transcendental ends are easier to reach than mundane ones. And the advantage of a transcendental solution is that it lasts. A mundane solution never lasts. And, in the first place, there are no mundane solutions. There are no mundane solutions to mundane problems.
Faith is an absolute! There are no different qualities of faith, but only different intensities. Even in the case of a dogmatic person: dogma is not a “kind” of faith, it is only a separate quality that may or may not arise along with one’s faith. One may become dogmatic, or cease to be so, … Continue reading Faith & Intuition (& other religions! )
When I think about how I understood Dhamma matters at the beginning of my practice, and how I understand those same matters now; I feel humbled. Our understanding continues to develop ceaselessly, so long we continue to be devoted to the path. But we must keep at it! We must keep thinking and pondering and … Continue reading Mind, as means of ending mind!
What's unique about the Theravada tradition, in my understanding, is the devotion to the way things were in the earliest times, this is what the word "Thera" very much indicates in this context. But contrary to that devotion, there are the challenges of living in a complex monetary economy that did not exist in the … Continue reading Why & How the Vinaya!
Do not be cruel-hearted, Do not be so stingy! Why not try be humble, Kind and friendly and generous?! It costs nothing to give a “like”, And there is an infinity of likes In your possession to give! You will never run out of “likes”! But you might run out of “friends”! And you surely … Continue reading Give a Bloody “Like”! (the poem).
Concerning Degenerate Behavioural Standards on Social Media I remember when I was still on Facebook, a number of years ago now, I would frequently come across the situation where the author of a post or "status", receives no likes at all although he or she may have many “friends”, and although the post, however much … Continue reading Give a Bloody “Like”! (the essay)
Stress is like an infant whose only real power lies not in the strength of its own grip on the mother, but rather in its natural ability to elicit in the mother's heart the obsessive compulsive desire to tightly grasp the infant at all times. This is not to say that we are in love … Continue reading Dukkhanirodha . Stress-release