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.
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
_______________________ He who loves "blue", has the sky to enjoy. The nectar of Truth too is in every phenomenon. Let him who grasps on to his faith breath, breath the healing potion that emanates even from corpses and from all their bad memories. Away with the grey clouds, of desire. Enough with the rain, of … Continue reading The Blue Trurh
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!
There are ten great attachments grounded in the delusion of self and which comprise all experience of one's conditioned mind. What ten: Desire for safety (fear and aversion respecting physical and emotional harm). Desire for comfort (fear and aversion respecting hardship). Desire for freedom (fear and aversion repsecting confinement and restrictions). Desire for control/power (fear … Continue reading The Ten Great Attachments
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