Have you laid the groundwork for the destruction of the taints?

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Have you laid the groundwork for the destruction of the taints?

Post by rightviewftw » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:26 am

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“Bhikkhus, possessing three qualities, a bhikkhu is practicing the unmistaken way and has laid the groundwork for the destruction of the taints. What three? Here, a bhikkhu guards the doors of the sense faculties, observes moderation in eating, and is intent on wakefulness.

(1) “And how, bhikkhus, does a bhikkhu guard the doors of the sense faculties? Here, having seen a form with the eye, a bhikkhu does not grasp its marks and features. Since, if he left the eye faculty unrestrained, bad unwholesome states of longing and dejection might invade him, he practices restraint over it; he guards the eye faculty, he undertakes the restraint of the eye faculty. Having heard a sound with the ear … Having smelled an odor with the nose … Having tasted a taste with the tongue … Having felt a tactile object with the body … Having cognized a mental phenomenon with the mind, a bhikkhu does not grasp its marks and features. Since, if he left the mind faculty unrestrained, bad unwholesome states of longing and dejection might invade him, he practices restraint over it; he guards the mind faculty, he undertakes the restraint of the mind faculty. It is in this way that a bhikkhu guards the doors of the sense faculties.

(2) “And how does a bhikkhu observe moderation in eating? Here, reflecting carefully, a bhikkhu consumes food neither for amusement nor for intoxication nor for the sake of physical beauty and attractiveness, but only for the support and maintenance of this body, for avoiding harm, and for assisting the spiritual life, considering: ‘Thus I shall terminate the old feeling and not arouse a new feeling, and I shall be healthy and blameless and dwell at ease.’ It is in this way that a bhikkhu observes moderation in eating.

(3) “And how is a bhikkhu intent on wakefulness? Here, during the day, while walking back and forth and sitting, a bhikkhu purifies his mind of obstructive qualities. In the first watch of the night, while walking back and forth and sitting, he purifies his mind of obstructive qualities. In the middle watch of the night he lies down on the right side in the lion’s posture, with one foot overlapping the other, mindful and clearly comprehending, after noting in his mind the idea of rising. After rising, in the last watch of the night, while walking back and forth and sitting, he purifies his mind of obstructive qualities. It is in this way that a bhikkhu is intent on wakefulness.

“A bhikkhu who possesses these three qualities is practicing the unmistaken way and has laid the groundwork for the destruction of the taints.”
1. Are you currently in possession of the three qualities?
2. Have you ever practiced the Unmistaken way in this life?
3. Are you currently laying the groundwork?
4. Do you have issues laying the groundwork?

My answers;
1. no
2. yes
3. trying yes
4. having a hard time with a combination of hindrances and a case of complacency making it overall difficult to get into it.

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Re: Have you laid the groundwork for the destruction of the taints?

Post by DooDoot » Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:22 am

rightviewftw wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:26 am
(1) “And how, bhikkhus, does a bhikkhu guard the doors of the sense faculties? Here, having seen a form with the eye, a bhikkhu does not grasp its marks and features. Since, if he left the eye faculty unrestrained, bad unwholesome states of longing and dejection might invade him, he practices restraint over it; he guards the eye faculty, he undertakes the restraint of the eye faculty. Having heard a sound with the ear … Having smelled an odor with the nose … Having tasted a taste with the tongue … Having felt a tactile object with the body … Having cognized a mental phenomenon with the mind, a bhikkhu does not grasp its marks and features. Since, if he left the mind faculty unrestrained, bad unwholesome states of longing and dejection might invade him, he practices restraint over it; he guards the mind faculty, he undertakes the restraint of the mind faculty. It is in this way that a bhikkhu guards the doors of the sense faculties.
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Re: Have you laid the groundwork for the destruction of the taints?

Post by befriend » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:12 pm

I don't what that highlighted quote means.
Take care of mindfulness and mindfulness will take care of you.

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Re: Have you laid the groundwork for the destruction of the taints?

Post by perkele » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:45 pm

befriend wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:12 pm
I don't what that highlighted quote means.
It means, for example, when you're sitting on a train or bus, with your eyes wandering around, and you see a pretty girl's boobs, you don't grasp after the boobs with your mind. (See also: after-boob)

:anjali:

As to the questions:
1. no
2. yes
3. not sure
4. sure

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