The First Dhamma Talk

Dhamma talk given on the 27 th of April 1992, at the SBYO by the Sayadaw U Kundalabhivamsa of Saddhammaransi Mahasi Meditation Centre, Yangon, Myanmar. I shall talk on the subject of Vipassana Meditation in three parts tonight Part 1 - How a yogi can enumerate the benefits of Vipassana Meditation. Part 2 - How dukkha vedan (suffering) is dominant in the early stages of Vipassana Meditation. Part 3 - Detailed explanation of Vedanupassan Satipatth na.

Dukkha Vedana

In meditation retreats, dukkha vedana is encountered first. In Sammasana Nana, bodily pains, headache, nausea, itchiness, all bodily dukkha, lead to the yogi's mental discomfort. The yogi wonders, Why such troubles How long must I suffer If the yogi can overcome this by meditation, that means he has managed to cut off his dosa-defilement. In the Scriptures, it is stated as follows The yogi is compared to a man going into the forest to collect wood. When a thorn pricks his hand, he must take the...

Cut the chain of Paticcasamuppada the Wheel of Life by practising Vipassana Meditation

All Buddhists understand that to be able to reach Nibbana -where all dukkha are destroyed - the Wheel of Life, which is the root cause of the endless round of rebirth in the sea of samsara, must be broken. Therefore, Buddhists seek to find the dhamma that can cut the Wheel of Life. In fact, Vipassana Meditation is the powerful dhamma in cutting the Wheel of Life. Among the twelve factors pertaining to the causality of the round of rebirth, avijja (ignorance) and tanha (craving) are the two...

The Day of Enlightenment

On the full moon day of Vesak, the Siddhattha Gotama attained the Buddha-hood. In the first watch of the night, there dawned on him the first knowledge. It is called Pubbenivasanussati Nana (The Reminiscence of Past Birth). He recollected his previous births in all their details and special relations. In the second watch of the night, there dawned on him his second knowledge. It is called Cutupapata Nana or, sometimes, Dibbacakkhu Nana (The Perception of the Disappearing and Reappearing of...

The Day of Birth

On the full moon day of May, in the year 623 B.C., the Queen Mahamaya was on the way to visit her father's kingdom, carrying in her womb the ten-month-old Bodhisatta. Between the two cities, there was a pleasure-grove of Sal trees, called Lumbini Grove. The grove was full of flowers, from the ground to the top-most branches of the trees. She reached out and grabbed hold of one of the branches. Immediately, her labour pains started. While standing up, and keeping hold of the Sal tree branch with...

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Sabba papaca akarana for further explanation also refer to individual words sabba, papaca, and akarana - one must refrain from wrong Sabbannuta nana - Utmost self-awareness of Buddha sadhu - well-said saddhamma - the true dhamma sakkaya-ditthi - concept of 'I' samadhi - concentration samphappalappa - taking part in frivolous conversation sangha - congregation of Buddhist monks sankharas - mental formations, e.g. volitional activities sanna - perception samsara - rounds of rebirth samsara dukkha...

The Second Insight Paccaya Pariggaha Nana

All phenomena such as the rise of the abdomen, the fall of the abdomen, sitting, touching - all happen first the noting consciousness follows to note the above bodily phenomena. The bodily phenomena are the causes, and they cause the mind to notice. The noting mind is the effect. Some yogis experience variations in the pattern of the rising or the falling of the abdomen the abdomen does not rise up straight towards the front. Sometimes, it rises nearer to one side of the body in a lopsided...

The Fourteenth Insight Nibbana

In this nana, defilements which take the yogi to the four suffering states have been broken off. Some defilements are completely destroyed. The sense of self doubt, scepticism, a misunderstanding of rules and rituals and disciplines will be cut off. There is no happening. There is no awareness of anything. Feeling and awareness suddenly cease. The sense-objects and the noting mind both cease to function in the state of Nibbana. The first cessation of sensation is Gotrabhu Nana and it has...

Pathama Buddha Vacana

The first utterance was exclaimed when he attained full enlightenment. Anekajati samsaran sandhavassam anibbisam Gahakarakam gavesanto dukkha jati punappunam Gahakaraka, dittho 'si puna geham na kahasi Sabba te phasuka bhagga gahakutam visamkhitam Visamkharagata cittam tanhanam khayam ajjhaga. Through the endless round of birth and rebirth, This fabric thou shalt ne'er rebuild And the pointed roof lies demolished This mind has demolition reached, And seen the last of all desire

The First Insight Namarupa Pariccheda Nana

When the yogi enters the meditation centre to note on the rise and fall of his abdomen he thinks that 'his' abdomen is rising, 'his' abdomen is falling. 'He' is noting. When noting the sense of touch while sitting, 'his' body is sitting and touching, and 'he' is noting. As concentration increases, he will find that the manner of the rising of the abdomen is one separate entity, and the conscious mind knowing the rise of the abdomen is another separate entity. The phenomena such as rising,...

The Tenth Insight Patisankhanupassana Nana

The yogi finds that he cannot stop just like that. He feels that he has to go on noting. So, he carries on with his meditation. In the Text, this situation is explained with a simile. A man went to a shallow pond, taking a net with him, to catch fish. He threw the net into water. He saw movements inside the net. He bent down and put one hand under the net to seize the fish. He held the fish tightly and brought it out of the water. Then, he realized that it was not a fish, but a poisonous snake...

Upekkha Vedana

The Pali word 'upekkha' is translated as 'indifference'. It is sometimes called 'asukkha-adukkha Vedana'. The defilement attached to it is moha delusion . When the yogi reaches Sankharupekka Nana, the yogi is able to detach himself or feel indifferent towards all sankharas mental formations . In the Sayadaw's meditation centre, yogis reported that 0 The rising of the abdomen and the falling of the abdomen are happening by themselves. 0 The noting mind is working by itself. it is as if the yogi...