Bhavanirodha (Pāli verse & pictures!)

Na hi bhavena bhavāni samūhanati Nibbidena ca virāgena ca nirujjhati  

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How Simple is Paticcasamuppada! (The Hedgehog version!)

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!)

How simple is Paticcasamuppada?! “Phassa” .. The importance of contact.

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 & Reality of Vedananirodha

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

An Experiential Definition of Samadhi & Pañña

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

No fear

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.

Sammāvimutti Sammāvisuddhi

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

The Ten Great Attachments

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

Ariyasaccā (What is Happiness?!)

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?!)

Upekkhā

Whatever that is 'happening', externally or internally, is an event of nature! But even though the body cannot be itself liberated from nature, the mind can be fully liberated from nature, here and now. When the mind responds to nature _including particularly one's own bodily and the sensorial experience_ with craving and aversion, loving this … Continue reading Upekkhā

Concerning Seclusion and Asceticism

"Kathañca bhikkhave, saphalo upakkamo hoti saphalaŋ padhānaŋ. Idha bhikkhave, bhikkhu na heva anaddhabhūtaŋ attānaŋ dukkhena addhabhāveti dhammikañca sukhaŋ na pariccajati. Tasmiñca sukhe anadhimucchito hoti." _MN 101 Devadahasutta Letting go of delightful or comforting attachments while one is experiencing them, while they are available and around, happens with much more emotional ease and comfort, but could … Continue reading Concerning Seclusion and Asceticism