Sunday, September 21, 2014


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We discussed the first noble truth - the suffering - which is becoming more evident as you sit here, contemplating your body and mind.Just be aware of what is happening: you can see that when there are good thoughts or feelings of physical pleasure, you feel happy, and when there is pain or negative emotions, there is despair.Thus, we can see that we are constantly in the habit of trying to achieve, retain or get rid of those or other conditions. The Second Noble Truth is to be aware of the occurrence of the three types of desires, we are obsessed with - the desire of sensual pleasures, of becoming something or getting rid of something - and the way in which they arise, in accordance with certain conditions. Penetration in the Third Noble Truth - is a vision of how gains arising cease. We are aware of the termination, "let go", and thus discover the Fourth Noble Truth, the Truth of the Eightfold Path - right view, right intention, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right diligence, right mindfulness and right contemplation - in other words, the path of awareness . To dwell in mindfulness, we have to use a variety of skillful means, because in the beginning we are in a certain loss. We tend to build a mental image of awareness and try to become conscious, thinking that awareness - it is something that we need to get or achieve, or try to develop; but this very tendency, it is this very conceptualization makes us scattered! We continue to try to be considerate instead of just dwell in mindfulness and see how the mind is trying to become and to achieve, following three kinds of desires that cause us suffering. practice of 'letting go' is very effective for those people whose mind is obsessed with the thought process: you simplify your meditation practice, reducing it to just one word - 'letting go' - instead of trying to develop this practice, and then the other; to achieve this and get into it, and understand it, and reread all the Sutta and Abhidhamma explore ... and then learn Pali and Sanskrit ... and then Madhyamika Prajna Paramita and ... get different initiation Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana. .. write a bunch of books and get worldwide recognition as an authority on Buddhism. Instead of becoming a world expert on Buddhism and to be invited to the big International Buddhist Conference, just "let go, let go, let go." I'm almost two years doing just that - every time I tried to understand something or to sort, I said to myself, 'let go, let go, "as long as the desire is not damped. So I offer you a very easy way to escape from the trap where you are waiting for an incredible suffering. There is nothing more depressing than the obligation to attend the International Buddhist Conference! Some of you might have the desire to become a Buddha next kalpa, Metteey radiating love throughout the world - but instead, I suggest just be earth worm and release the desire to radiate love around the world. Be a worm, which knows only one word - "let go, let go." You see, we have Small Chariot, Hinayana, so that we only have these simple, beggarly practice! for the practice of meditation is important to be persistent and determined, dared to wake up. This does not mean that you should be complacent fools; a means to maintain the resolution, even when the practice is tight. Remind yourself of the Buddha-Dhamma-Sangha and stay with that thought in mind - let go of despair, anguish releasing, letting go of the pain, doubt, and all the things that come and go, for what we habitually cling to and what we identify ourselves. Let this 'letting go' will be repeated continuously in your mind, so that the words themselves are flashed in the mind, no matter where you are. At first, this idea must master our mind, because now they hold a variety of useless things - worry about this and yes, doubt, anger, revenge, jealousy, fear, boredom and all sorts of varieties of stupidity. Our mind tends to ensure that the comply with something; and now owns what hurts us and leads to difficulties in life. Our society has taught us to worry about, fill it in different ideas, prejudices, regrets, anticipations and expectations - a society filled vessels. Look at the book stores here in Oxford, overflowing with all kinds of information you want to receive publications in luxury bindings with pictures and illustrations ... And, you can score a head watching TV, going to the movies, reading newspapers ... Very good way to fill your mind - but look at what is printed in these newspapers! They appeal to the lowest instincts and human forces - there are all about violence, war, corruption and perversion, and a host of gossip. All this had a definite effect on the mind. Our mind is already filled with facts, symbols and conventions; so if there cram anything else, it is crowded to capacity and we have to go crazy. We can run away from home and get drunk - it's also a way to "let go"! What do you think, why do we need beer? There we can afford to say all the things that we want, but we did not dare to utter, when sober. We may be foolish, stupid, we can laugh and jump, "because I was drunk, I was under the influence of alcohol." When we do not understand the nature of things, we are very malleable. You see, in our society, teenagers are influenced from outside. The current generation - a generation of punk rock - everyone in this generation thinks he's a punk and behaves accordingly.Fashion - it is generally a solid suggestion; women find you beautiful, only if you are dressed in a certain way. Movies recommend us to experience all sorts of sensual pleasures, and we think if we do not try it, do not we lose something without experiencing it ... Too bad that no one else knows what is beautiful and what is ugly. One of them would say that harmony - a cacophony as you can - if you do not know this, and still easy to fall under foreign influence - believe it. Even if at first you do not believe, doubt spinning in your mind and you are thinking, "Maybe this is true, it may be immoral - is morality, and morality - it is immoral." We feel obliged to know everything - to understand and try to convince others. You are listening to my conversations, read books and want to tell others about Buddhism - after the retreat, you can even feel a little preachers - but still release even the desire to tell others about it. When we feel inspired, we begin to be imposed to the people; but in the practice of meditation, we let the desire to influence others as long as it does not come right moment - and then it happens naturally, without aggressive ambitions. So do what must be done, and release. When you say that you should read this book and that book, finish this course and that course ... explore Pali Abhidhamma ... delve into the history of Buddhism, Buddhist logic ... and so on and so on ... "let go, let go, let go." Fill your mind with new concepts and ideas, you just increase your ability to doubt. Only by learning to empty your mind, you can fill it with valuables - and to learn how to empty the mind, need a lot of wisdom. advice that I give to you at this retreat - a skillful means. The enslavement of the mind thought "let" - is a skillful means; repeating it over and over again, every time you experience this or that idea, you are aware of its occurrence. You will still release all his movements - but if they do not go, do not try to make them go away. This practice of 'letting go' - a way of purifying the mind from what he enslaved negativity; Use it gently but firmly. Meditation - a skilful release, voluntary emptying of the mind, so that we can see the purity of mind - we clean out the mind to put in there what you need. If you want something to identify themselves do not identify themselves with the conditions subject to death.Look, what is this self-identification - explore your own mind to see clearly the nature of thought, memory, consciousness of feelings and sensations as a non-permanent conditions. Take your awareness to the phenomena that vary slowly on the transience of bodily sensations; explore the pain and see it - moving energy, fluid condition. When you have pain, emotional pain seems to be constant, but it's just an emotional illusion - let go of it all. Even if you come to some sort of epiphany, even if you clearly understand - let go of this insight. When the mind is empty, ask: "Who is this letting go?" Ask a question, try to find out who it is, what is it? Sign into this state of ignorance with the word "who" - "Who am I? Who releases?" A state of uncertainty; enter it, let him be present ... and here it is, emptiness, uncertainty, when the mind is just empty. I continue to emphasize the importance of right view, the right attitude, the right determination through the simplification of life, so as not to engage in unnecessary and complex activities. So you are no longer living in neglect, exploiting others and not having no respect for themselves or others. Excellence in the performance of vows as a standard for behavior and develop nekkhammu - renunciation of what is unprofitable, or which is not necessary - and then let go of your mind greed, hatred, release, release misleading. This does not mean an aversion to these conditions; it means to let go of them when you find yourself attached to them. When you are suffering - "Why am I suffering? Why am I so unhappy?" Because you are for something cling! Find out what you cling to get to the root. "I am unhappy because nobody loves me." This may be true, perhaps, no one does not love you, but misfortune comes from the desire to be loved. Even if people like you, you're still going to suffer if you think that other people are responsible for your happiness or misery. Someone will say: "You - the greatest man in the world!" - And you jump for joy. Someone will say: "You - the worst person of all the people I've seen!" - And you're depressed. Release depression, happiness release. Let your practice is simple: to live consciously, morally, and believe the word "let go." It is important that you realize that none of us is not a helpless victim of fate - but we are getting them while kept in the dark. While you're in the dark, you really helpless victim of his ignorance. All were in the dark, is born and dies, it is doomed to death - that's all it is closed in the circle of death and rebirth. And if you die, you will be born again - you can count on it. The more casually you spend your life, the worse will be the birth. So, the Buddha taught how to break this cycle - through awareness, through the vision of the circle, and not through affection for him. When you release the cycle of birth-death, he can no longer hurt you. So, release cycle, release the birth and death, release formation.Release the desire - this is the implementation of the Third Noble Truth, leading to the Eightfold Path. Chatting on the retreat in a Buddhist center in Ouken Holt, April 1979 

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