Everything seems so much to remember... daily practise?

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Re: Everything seems so much to remember... daily practise?

Post by bodom » Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:13 pm

I would like you to understand this phrase, "the heart of the Buddhist Teachings". Whenever we ask what the heart of the Buddhist Teachings is, there are so many contending replies that it's like a sea of mouths-everyone's got an answer! But whether they are correct or not is another matter, for people just answer according to what they have remembered or what they have worked out for themselves. Please look and see for yourselves how it is these days. Who truly knows the heart of the Buddhist Teachings? Who has truly reached it?

Whenever we ask what the heart of the Buddhist Teachings is, someone will probably say the four Noble Truths, others aniccamdukkhamanatta, and others may cite the verse :

Sabba pipassa akaranam

Kusalassupasampada

Sacitta pariyodapanam

Etam Buddhanasasanam



or, "Refraining from doing evil, doing only good, and purifying the mind, that is the 'heart of the Buddhist Teachings." That's correct, but only very slightly so because it's still something repeated by rote; it's not something that has been truly seen for oneself.

As to that which is the heart of the Buddhist Teachings, I would like to suggest the short saying, "Nothing whatsoever should be clung to". There is a section in the Majjhima Nikaya where someone approached the Buddha and asked him whether he could summarize his teachings in, one phrase and, if he could, what it would be. The Buddha replied that he could: "Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya". "Sabbe dhamma" means "all things", "nalam" means "should not be", "abhinivesaya" means "to be clung to". Nothing whatsoever should be clung to. Then the Buddha emphasized this point by saying that whoever had heard this core phrase had heard all of the Teachings, whoever had put it into practice had practised all of the Teachings, and whoever had received the fruits of practising this point had received all of the fruits of the Buddhist Teachings.

Now, if anyone realizes the truth of this point that there is not a: single thing to be clung to, it means that there is no "germ" to cause the disease of greed, hatred and delusion, or of wrong actions of any kind, whether of body, speech, or mind. So, whenever forms, sounds, odors, flavors, tangible objects mental phenomena crowd in, the antibody "Nothing whatsoever should be clung to" will strongly resist the disease. The "germs" will not enter or, if it is allowed to do so, it will be only in order to be completely destroyed. The "germ" will not spread and cause the disease because of the antibody continually destroying it. There will be an absolute and perpetual immunity. This then is the, heart of the Buddhist Teachings, of all Dhamma. Nothing whatsoever should be clung to : 'Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya'.
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Re: Everything seems so much to remember... daily practise?

Post by anthbrown84 » Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:55 am

A real heart felt thankyou to everyone.... Ive only just managed to read the second half of this page so my apologies for the delay.

I feel much more equipt now thanks to your amazing guidance :)


Ive have started to make the 4 noble truths my focus for the foreseeable.... getting to know Dukkha, the cause of etc etc etc

With Metta
"Your job in practise is to know the difference between the heart and the activity of the heart, that is it, it is that simple" Ajahn Tate

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Re: Everything seems so much to remember... daily practise?

Post by mal4mac » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:47 pm

Cittasanto wrote: Focus on topics such as Gratitude, Morality, Meditation, or The Four Noble Truths. and don't overdo the studying. a good beginning ration is for every hour of meditation do 40 minutes of study, but do not try to do more than you meditate.
Do have any canonical backing for that time & ratio of study to meditation?
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Re: Everything seems so much to remember... daily practise?

Post by Cittasanto » Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:21 am

mal4mac wrote:
Cittasanto wrote: Focus on topics such as Gratitude, Morality, Meditation, or The Four Noble Truths. and don't overdo the studying. a good beginning ration is for every hour of meditation do 40 minutes of study, but do not try to do more than you meditate.
Do have any canonical backing for that time & ratio of study to meditation?
you won't find any advise on time & ration, in this area, with canonical backing.
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