Searching for a sutta

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EmptyShadow
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Searching for a sutta

Post by EmptyShadow » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:42 am

Anyone know from which sutta is this story?
In this talk, Luang Por said he ordained when he was twenty years
old and after seven years of living as a monk, he realized he was not
making much progress in his meditative practice and that he did not
really understand what the Middle Path was. He thought about this
deeply and recalled the story of the Buddha visiting a group of monks
practicing meditation along a riverbank but not experiencing much
success. The Buddha told them Nibbana was like a huge, vast ocean
and they were like logs floating down the river trying to get there.
Instead, they drifted onto the brambles and snags along its banks
and got stuck. He told them the “inner” bank is one of the objects of
sight, sound, scent, taste, sensation, or thought that enters through
one of the six sense doors (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin, mind); the
“outer” bank is their reaction to it in the form of “Liking” or “Disliking”
and their mental proliferations about it. For lifetimes after countless
lifetimes, the Buddha told them, they got caught on one bank or the
other, unable to free themselves from the world of suffering. So, he
instructed them to watch their mind throughout the night and to keep
it from getting ensnared on either side. When the Buddha returned the
next morning, he found they all did so well, they had each become a
Sotāpanna and had reached the first level of enlightenment.
The quote is from book called "Illuminated by Love" about Ajahn Jamnian.

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Re: Searching for a sutta

Post by Sam Vara » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:50 am


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Re: Searching for a sutta

Post by EmptyShadow » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:30 pm

It doesn't sound quite the same suttas, and the setting is different. Idk :shrug:

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Re: Searching for a sutta

Post by EmptyShadow » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:25 pm

I just realize that the story sound alot like the stage of “equanimity about formations” that is prior to stream entry, in the pure vipassana progression of insight.
I didn't know that you could practice it directly like this. :thinking:

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