Then there is no longer an outside or inside You are part of the whole You now are not as important as you used to be

Before, you saw your situation and your own importance and you needed to guard your identity, to control the situation. Now, when you see no division between yourself and others, when you are no more or no less important than others, only now are you able to grasp the whole situation, as it is, with clarity. Now you see very clearly where the problem lies, and instead of reacting, you simply act. D Can you give us an example from everyday life Would one of you like to give an example P Let's...

Equanimity is born from wisdom and love It is not an isolated quality in itself

It is part and parcel of wisdom, love, compassion and joy. Likewise, compassion is not an isolated feeling. If it were isolated, then it could probably be induced by a conditioned behavior based on the idea of compassion. True compassion and love are spontaneous manifestations of panna (wisdom). If there is panna, there is already love, compassion, joy and equanimity. They are all present in a single act of compassion. That act encompasses all these qualities. For example, in the case of the...

Freedom to Begin

In the Buddhist sense, free means to be free from all suffering, to reach inner freedom where suffering ceases to be. This is, of course, an ideal state of mind but how do we reach it To reach inner freedom we must search for freedom with a free mind. It is like the saying, to catch a thief one must think like a thief. The sort of freedom one is trying to find is an absolute state nothing less infinite, unbounded and limitless. We are starting out with a mind that is finite, intellect-bound and...

Love and Hate

She was just out of college to know her was like a breath of fresh air. She was full of life, intelligent and pleasant, with a youthful inquiring mind. She was becoming a spiritual friend. She told me about a person she had hated since college days. This troubled her so much that even in her dreams he was bothering her. That was why she wanted to know about love and hate. S Can you explain to me about love and hate Thynn Well, you see, love and hate are not so different. They are two aspects of...

Only in moments of complete freedom from either attachment or detachment can upekkha equanimity transcend both states

Only then can insight arise spontaneously as to what is the best approach to the situation. If the situation needs our concern, we give it if it needs our interest, we give it if our action or intervention is necessary, we do not hesitate. We let go and pick up at the same time. It is important to let go of clinging to your fixed ideas to self, or to the desire to change others, for example. But at the same time, you need to pick up the threads of life. In short, make your actions into pure...

Outward Form

D You said we should neither cling to form nor reject it. How do we know if we are clinging or not Thynn It depends on whether or not you are having conflicts with yourself regarding form. Society requires certain forms. You are expected to behave in a certain way, dress in a certain manner. This conventional truth is called pannati. It means knowing which form is appropriate for that situation. But if you cling to the form, your mind will be rigid and you will enslave yourself to form. On the...

Sense Pleasures

SDD I have just read something by a well known Buddhist teacher on sense pleasures and how they are the scourge of human beings. The teacher talks about how clinging to sense pleasures creates problems in society. Thynn It is true that there is excessive indulgence in sense pleasures. No doubt, modern civilization has become too preoccupied with them and allowed itself to be enslaved by them. Let us look objectively at the root cause of the problem. Otherwise, we fall into the trap of rejecting...

The Path of Mindfulness in Daily Life

This book may be copied or reprinted for free distribution without permission from the publisher. Otherwise all rights reserved. Dedicated to my teachers and to my family Dr. San Lin, Win and Tet. For further information, write to The Dhamma Dana Publication Fund c o Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Lockwood Road Barre Massachusetts 01005 USA Dr. Thynn Thynn e-mail puma7988 ix.netcom.com

When there is complete balance there is awareness

E Can you relate this to the incident of eating Well, suppose you are used to paying attention to your mind. As soon as you see the food, and thoughts of dislike enter your mind, you will be aware of what is happening in you. When you watch your feelings of like and dislike without judgment, you will be left only with the watching. There is no chance for subsequent thoughts to arise. In short, your emotions will be stopped in their tracks instead of building up. Maybe you cannot stop your...

You can understand only when you let go of intellectualization

You make use of your intellect only where it works. The intellect has a limit it can only go so far. When it is exhausted, it just lets go. That is when you experience the seeing. Then the understanding just hits you. R But there is a price for this. My goodness, I had to pay so much all my pride, my likes and dislikes, my clinging. How I loved my clinging I had to learn to let go of all that. It was not an easy thing. In fact, it was an enormous struggle, mind you, and sometimes agonizing....

Elaboration of The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Understanding samma ditthi a the Noble Truth of Suffering b the Noble Truth of Cause of Suffering c the Noble Truth of the Cessation of Suffering d the Noble Truth of the Way Leading to the Cessation of Suffering. 2. Right Thoughts samma sankappa 4. Right Action samma kammanta 5. Right Livelihood samma ajiva b human beings slavery, prostitution, etc. c flesh breeding animals for slaughter a to discard evil that has already arisen b to prevent the arising of unarisen evil c to develop...

Thoughts and emotions by themselves are just momentary and possess no life of their own By clinging to them you prolong

Only when your mind is free from clinging and rejecting can it see anger as anger, desire as desire. As soon as you see, your mental process is fully preoccupied with seeing, and in that split second anger dies a natural death. This seeing, or insight, called panna, arises as a spontaneous awareness that can be neither practiced nor trained. This awareness brings new insight into life, new clarity and new spontaneity in action. So, you see, meditation need not be separate from life and its...

Sukkhavipassaka

Samatha practices such as anapanasati meditations on the breath are not particularly necessary on the Path of Sukkhavipassaka. Together with observance of the three sila moral precepts , pa a wisdom can be developed. When the two pa a factors develop, the three samadhi factors are also developed concomitantly This is known as pa cangika magga. Herein Five Path factors are together integratedly developed. In conjunction with the three sila factors, they make up the Noble Practicing this Path...