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
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.
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!
Fearlessness of losing Is our ultimate gain.
___________________________________ I take a walk Pleasant and calm and slow Across the open fields Then I return To my cozy Homely Hermitage That overlooks those pleasant Calm and empty fields. I just take a walk And I come back; No moral lesson is learned, No samadhi is enjoyed, And no gnosis is reached. Only, The … Continue reading AntoVass’ekadivasaņ (One day during the Rains)
_______________________ When you have no ego You cannot be humiliated. When you have no ego You cannot be dissatisfied with What you are!
________________ All day long Bliss is upon me. I am free and joyful because nothing exists that fetters my conscience or exposes me to blame. I have nothing to lose or to gain. The past is relinquished, The future is ever welcome. Mara is out of sight, And the profound fortitude of Dhamma pervades my … Continue reading Son of Buddha
_______________________________ And whether I end up a Buddhist monk or a Sufi or Mystic seeker of Sainthood or a half-mad half-delivered beggar in the streets of Cairo - it is certainly time to say 'farewell' to this horrible normalcy. Not every one survives because they want! Some survive because they must! If the purpose that … Continue reading Nekkhamma
The incentive exists for one who suffers, or rather for one who thinks that he suffers - to live on, to seek and to battle, and to force his way, out of suffering and into happiness. This, is how one indeed lives on, one made of form, seeking forms, battling with forms, one who is … Continue reading Tatha! (‘this’ that feels!)
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
There is a temple for Māra, for the devil itself, right in the centre of our hearts! There, our thoughts, feelings, and intentions, go to worship under the shrine of Death. Whether it be through the roots of fear or hate, seek to experience precisely that which you resist in any way. Seek to disclose … Continue reading `
The question "what is happiness?", despite of its serious significance, has only rarely been taken seriously enough. I think this is the case because, despite of the manifold definitions that are being proposed of happiness, no substantial and practical formulae are being provided as to the actual path of life through which to attain such happiness here and … Continue reading Ariyasaccā (What is Happiness?!)
If you want to know everything about the dark conditioned side of the human mind, closely watch a monkey that is living with other monkeys, in other words, any monkey! And whatever that evolves from a monkey must out of absolute necessity renounce the monkey! Or else he shall be consumed by life; an object, … Continue reading What Really Are We?!
1. Our social sentiments are profound agents of tanha. Our shared delusions and fevers strike deeper than private ones. The craving and aversion of the social self must be relinquished. The path of cessation must eventually ascend the mount of seclusion; for the gate to the Eternal, stands at the peak of the great mount … Continue reading Through the Great Mount of Seclusion
"Whoever has not experienced temptation cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. Without temptation no one can be saved." _St. Anthony What the Desert Fathers recognised and taught, is that such temptation was no less than a necessary condition to arise along the path of one who is headed for liberation. For it was only through … Continue reading Upāyakusala
1. One must enter into the stream, one must gain access, get in, in order to be able to see the truth. This is one of the most unique aspects about this Dhamma, in order to understand it, one must use it! To see the Dhamma, one must depend on it. This really is what … Continue reading Nekkhammasukhañca (One Must!)