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In Topic: sila

12 May 2012 - 11:03 PM

This is the ending of one of your posts here:
Vis XV163:"The perfect ones behave like lions. When they make suffering cease and when they teach the the cessation of suffering, they deal with the cause, not the fruit. But the sectarians behave like dogs. When they make suffering cease and when they teach the cessation of suffering, by teaching devotion to self-mortification etc., they deal with the fruit not the cause."

When there is a moment of insight there cannot be the breaking of sila. If it is genuine insight then it isn't forced and so the anattaness of sati is known too. This moments may not happen as regularly as tanha would wish - but that is ok because gradually tanha will come to be known too. That is, if there are the right conditions - such as having good friends, hearing true Dhamma, refelecting wisely. So if there is growing insight then confidence in the benefit of understanding the moment and of sila and of all kusala will develop. And this brings more patience and so the present moment can be seen better, and that leads to more insight, more confidence, which leads...

But there is no one who can control any of that. Next year- if conditions are such- we might join the Hares.


I feel compelled to add here that if we train the mind to detect when mindfulness is weakening, then mindfulness can be renewed, the mind will correct itself by being attentive to the present moment. Its not that i am saying there is a solid entity in control to bring mindfulness back to an accurate strength, here, the present moment itself is what destroys craving or aversion, liking or disliking.

I do not recall the name of the talk by Ajahn Chah but what he said, gratefully, stuck to this mind like glue. He said each moment of mindfulness is like a drop of water in a bucket. Eventually the bucket becomes full. Each moment of mindfulness should not be undervalued because eventually mindfulness becomes stronger than the defilements. Defilement cannot hold the mind in sway while mindfulness as a mental factor is present. Even more so defilement is weakened by the development of mindfulness because mindfulness is a purifying agent, that is just the change minfulness effects on the mind. Delusion & ignorance will steadily fade away by pursuing the maintenance of mindfulness.

The Satipatthana Sutta is phrased in a way that clearly indicates that mindfulness should be continually developed, every moment, with every movement of the body, in looking toward & looking away...
"In this way he -remains focused internally- on the body in & of itself...
when walking, standing, sitting, falling asleep, waking up, talking, & remaining silent, he makes himself fully alert.
unsustained by anything in the world." _( smile.gif )_

In Topic: Books with links

04 May 2012 - 07:53 AM


This text is Sotapattimagga - The Path of the Sotapanna

Ajahn Anon Akincano (He was the personal attendant of Ajahn Chah for several years. Now teaches at a monastery in Thailand.).

In Topic: "roundfree.org"

04 May 2012 - 05:20 AM

He can be contacted at this address