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
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.
If you punish offenders, they will grow full of hatred and resentment; you are possibly making them become villains! If you punish offenders, you will grow accustomed to cruelty; possibly making yourself a villain! If you forgive offenders, they will become struck by shame and guilt; you are possibly making them become saints! If you … Continue reading Punishment vs. Forgiveness
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.
Faith is an absolute! There are no different qualities of faith, but only different intensities. Even in the case of a dogmatic person: dogma is not a “kind” of faith, it is only a separate quality that may or may not arise along with one’s faith. One may become dogmatic, or cease to be so, … Continue reading Faith & Intuition (& other religions! )
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!
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!