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
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
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!
True freedom and true purification can only be found in the transcendental realisation that nothing is free, nothing is pure! Nothing is independent. Nothing is unconditioned. Nothing is self-arising. True freedom and true purification can only be found in the transcendental realisation that "experience", bhava, enveloping the consciousness, the object of the will, all that … Continue reading Sammāvimutti Sammāvisuddhi
Kamma is not suffering, it is not the suffering itself, but only how suffering comes to be. Kamma is how we come to substantiate our experience and end up suffering thereby. Ultimately there is no suffering, nor happiness - experience itself is empty. But it is through the vast depository of mental habits and tendencies, … Continue reading There is no Suffering!
A discourse on the unfreeness of the "free-will", and the lack of consciousness in the "consciousness"! The expression "free-will" is misleading, because there is no true freedom in the exercise of a spontaneous will. Arising and fading away, by itself, according to external causes and conditions, our will is not our own, does not belong … Continue reading Viññānanirodha
Budho! Budho! Budho! The contacts of the body and the senses with this sensorial world, the spontaneous emotions which follow the experience of contact, the memories and impressions which such contact stirs in the mind, the spontaneous thoughts and imagination which arise on the basis of all that, and finally the fluent, loud, and torrential … Continue reading Budho!
It is in the "imagination", that the mundane human seeks his mundane emancipation! Finally it all comes down to imagination, whether knowingly or unknowingly, self-consciously or unconsciously, intentionally or spontaneously, the mundane human places his ultimate faith in that, not only his own imagination, but also that of others. It is here that the search … Continue reading Imagination is a Prison!
1. Avijjā, may well be viewed as a true transcendental force in this world, something of a cosmological nature, an ungraspable original condition of the existence of sentient beings. Nevertheless, this view may in the end be merely the creation of the imagination, of avijjā itself! It is crucial to develop yet a down-to-earth experiential … Continue reading Bhavanirodha (There is Nothing!)
Looking at this world through one's mind, by means of it, depending on its imagination and memory, we fail to see the Truth, we fail to see nature and how everything that manifests, that "comes to be", that is created, formed, and conditioned, is a part of nature, a mere object of nature. Through the … Continue reading Looking at the mind, not by means of mind!
Like one of those really old refrigerators which make a terrible buzz that starts off only very imperceptibly but gradually grows to be louder even than a tractor! Nevertheless we don't notice the terrible sound until it actually stops. And only then do we come to realise the extent of the impact it had been exercising upon … Continue reading Grandma’s Fridge
The idea of the initial, primordial existence of a state of "unity", out of which there arose _somehow_ plurality or multiplicity; prominent in various religions, seem to attempt to refer to what we consider to be the difference between conditioned and unconditioned existence; and to how conditioned existence is a state of cotinual "separation from … Continue reading The Unconditioned