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Refuge

By | 7/18/2022
10 days at sea, 
adrift I float,
Secure and serene in my 
Dhamma boat.

Though the waves tower high,
Though the wind does whip,
Nothing can disturb me 
In my unsinkable ship.

Mountains as Mountains, Rivers as Rivers

By | 7/18/2022
Mountains as Mountains, Rivers as Rivers

"Before I had studied the Dharma for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and rivers as rivers. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and rivers are not rivers. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and rivers once again as rivers."
― Qingyuan Weixin, 9th Century

Right Understanding

By | 7/18/2022

Right understanding has to illuminate every single part of the practice of Vipassana.

The Buddha called it sammā-diṭṭhi. In Pāli, diṭṭhi literally meant a view, or a philosophy. Then as now, there were many different kinds of philosophies in currency. But sammā-diṭṭhi, right understanding, has nothing to do any philosophy or intellectual position. Even with great devotion, an absolute and total conviction in every single word of the Buddha, will not liberate anybody. It merely becomes a belief-system like any other, and so it becomes a trap. The Buddha carefully used the word sammā meaning “right”, and sammā-diṭṭhi only becomes sammā when it is practiced. This is the critical difference, and this is what purifies the individual: the practice.

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