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!
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
__________________________ Only the present moment and nothing else! Why? Because there is nothing else! And because the future is not as much fearful or promising as we believe. Fear and hope are just bad habits. The future is innocent like all things that do not exist are innocent and pure! And what is it really … Continue reading Bhavanirodha (No Future!)
_____________________ More important than happiness, is Nibbana. More important than safety, is Nibbana. More important than freedom, is Nibbana. More important than comfort, is Nibbana. More important than power, is Nibbana. Nothing exists that can conceivably be more important than Nibbana. Because Nibbana is the only thing which can conceivably bring meaning, purpose, and value, … Continue reading Faith in Nibbāna
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!)
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!
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
Power comes with life, Birth, from desire! Wholly free is the unconditioned from the prison of consciousness, and vice of will. The transcendent is without power. Its existence does not manifest. Beyond birth and death, neither entity nor identity, it encompasses even impermanence.
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