Dhamma Letter No. 51

Understanding Samatha and Vipassana (III)

Vipassanā meditation can be said to be a meditation practice that observes all phenomena as they are in reality from the perspective of impermanence (Anicca, 無常), suffering (Dukkha, 苦), and selfless-ness (Anatta, 無我) through Sati (mindfulness).

Among the meditation practices of the body, feeling, mind, and dhamma for attaining Nirvana, the state of complete happiness where all defilements disappear, the meditation on the nature of mind, especially, shows its importance for "Extinction of Defilements (See Dhamma Letter No. 11) .

Bhikkhus, I do not say to those who know and see that suffering ceases to exist, but to those who do not know and do not see, I do not say that suffering ceases to exist.

In the case of  'I know and see.' For example, One should be able to observe and know why something is happening to the body, how it is happening, and how does it feel.

Through observing causes, observing when they disappear, and observing the conditional arising and conditionally disappearing of dhamma, one can perceive that body, feeling, mind, and dhamma only arise and disappear by the dhamma-vicaya-sambojjhaṅga (擇法覺支, one of enlightenment factors) which is investigation of the mind.

When you do this, you will come to know that there is nothing but impermanence, suffering, and without self (無常, 苦, 無我 - Dhamma Letter No. 14 ~ 21) .

To be continued…

With Metta,

Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich 

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