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Sakyadhita Newsletter 022                     July 2013

 

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The Great Exhortation to Rahula
(The Buddha advises his son, the novice Rahula, on what forms of meditation to practice.)
Develop the meditation on Loving Kindness, for by this ill will is banished.

Develop the meditation on Compassion, for by this cruelty is banished.

Develop the meditation on Gentleness, for by this hardheartedness is banished.

Develop the meditation on Equanimity, for by this anxiety is banished.

Develop the meditation on Corruptibility of the body, for by this lust is banished.

Develop the meditation on impermanence, for by this pride of self is banished.

Develop the Concentration of Mindfulness by In & Out Breathing, for this, if practiced frequently bears much fruit and is of great importance.
The Middle Length Discourses; 62:18-24

Bhāvanā, the Pali word that is most often translated as meditation in English, actually means mind cultivation or mental development. The Buddha taught that it is in our own minds that we create our own problems. We don't do this with malice, we simply don't know how to remove ourselves from the mind states that bring pain and suffering into our lives. As we learn and practice the different techniques that the Buddha taught to help us eradicate these adverse mind states, the transcendental mind states become more available and simply arise in the mind: Faith, Joy, Rapture, Tranquility, Happiness, Concentration.

As we realize that the Awake, Radiant Mind, is a mind that has completely eradicated greed, hatred and delusion, we can see the value of cultivating the mind to welcome wholesome qualities that promote acceptance and understanding: Wisdom and Insight. This can sound both attractive and daunting at the same time. But, if we follow the Path from the beginning and travel gradually along, the Buddha not only tells us that we will achieve these transcendental mind states, but that it is inevitable that we do so.

To accomplish this, sitting on a cushion is not enough, we also need to notice when an adverse mind state rises in our mind and use the antidote appropriate for its removal. The first Enlightenment Factor --- Mindfulness --- in conjunction with the second --- Investigation of Mind States --- are invaluable tools in this process. Mindfulness in the Buddha's teaching is not just being aware of the current experience, but also an awareness of the dependent nature of the experience. With this understanding when investigating mind states, we need never leave the present. We need not attempt to determine the first time we experienced an emotion, or the views that we hold, or why, we only need to determine if we believe them to be beneficial. Like the Buddha said, we know if thoughts and emotions based on greed, hatred, or delusion are beneficial or not. A quick glance at an experience, as it is experienced, can give us the opportunity to choose. We can choose to develop adverse mind states or we can choose to develop wholesome ones. And, as the Buddha also said, "Choice is what I call Karma."

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