When the last reverence dies out in the heart, And the sublimest of words loose their effect, And this entire existence appears As a fruit without a smell, Yet bitter to the Still Feeling tongue, Prison-like, To the soul that, Still, Yearns to freedom - And at a crucial junction In the forest of rotten … Continue reading The Bitter of Saint!
Adoration to St. Antony! Boredom often arises due to the restlessness of the mind, which is conditioned by nature to seek to stimulate itself continuously (this is how and why rebirth happens!). What we, as practitioners, discern in our hearts as “boredom”, is the most profound agent which propels life from one creature to another: … Continue reading Bhavāsava (On Boredom!)
Na hi bhavena bhavāni samūhanati Nibbidena ca virāgena ca nirujjhati
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!)
While there are certain fundamental points, listed in the 37 bodhipakkhiyadhamma, adding to them the teachings on the twelve nidana, the four ariyasacca, the five upadanakhanda, and the three lakkhana - it is not only nearly impossible to agree in neither the details and nature of an all-inclusive practice method, nor its very existence, but … Continue reading Practice Method
For an arahant, what is a star? "It is that name given by people to that phenomenon which emits light in the night sky." Precisely and exactly what is experienced, what is perceived in experience, nothing more, nothing less! For everything in the universe is made up of the six elements, only the six elements, … Continue reading Dhamma & Mundane Knowledge
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!
Do not be cruel-hearted, Do not be so stingy! Why not try be humble, Kind and friendly and generous?! It costs nothing to give a “like”, And there is an infinity of likes In your possession to give! You will never run out of “likes”! But you might run out of “friends”! And you surely … Continue reading Give a Bloody “Like”! (the poem).
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
_______________________ 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
___________________________________ 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!
There are in fact two significant -but not widely known- Burmese translators who translated many books from the sutta and abhidhamma pitakas into English. Their translations are in many instances much better than those done by PTS or contemporary translators, and they offer new interesting perspectives and understandings regarding the rendition of the difficult terms … Continue reading Burmese translators of Tipitaka
________________ 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
__________________________ 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
____________________________________ It is so blue! especially as it appears in the background of this green which in turn envelops those vivid frail red dots. And even when the flowers grow pale and fall to the ground; And even as the thunderstorm knocks down the great tree; if there are no more clouds, no fog, and … Continue reading Dhamma-Bhava-Manusa (Truth-Existence-Human)
_______________________________ 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!)