Impermanence cycle of natural materiality

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Impermanence cycle of natural materiality

Post by paul » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:12 am

Impermanence cycle of natural materiality video;
Note the mind's inherent tendency based on greed, to gravitate towards the birth/growth/maturity phase, and why contemplation of dissolution must be accentuated:


And the human body:
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Re: Impermanence cycle of natural materiality

Post by aflatun » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:33 am

Awesome video, thank you for this
"People often get too quick to say 'there's no self. There's no self...no self...no self.' There is self, there is focal point, its not yours. That's what not self is."

Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Senses and the Thought-1, 42:53

"Those who create constructs about the Buddha,
Who is beyond construction and without exhaustion,
Are thereby damaged by their constructs;
They fail to see the Thus-Gone.

That which is the nature of the Thus-Gone
Is also the nature of this world.
There is no nature of the Thus-Gone.
There is no nature of the world."

Nagarjuna
MMK XXII.15-16

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Re: Impermanence cycle of natural materiality

Post by Sam Vara » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:46 am

Many thanks. I really need to clean that fridge out.

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Re: Impermanence cycle of natural materiality

Post by Bundokji » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:01 pm

Thanks for the video.

Can we consider seeing/contemplating the other side of the story of how death gives birth to new forms of life a part of vipassana?
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

This was the last word of the Tathagata.

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Re: Impermanence cycle of natural materiality

Post by paul » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:52 pm

No. For the beginner, the Satipatthana sutta prescribes first the contemplation of both origination and passing away:
“Or he remains focused on the phenomenon of origination with regard to the body, on the phenomenon of passing away with regard to the body…”
(Note that ‘body’ can mean external materiality as well, such as plant life).

But once the now intermediate practitioner is familiar with the cycle of impermanence, then contemplation must settle on the dissolution phase, as described in the nine insight knowledges, 1. Knowledge of Rise and Fall (impermanence) followed by 2. Knowledge of Dissolution:

“…he no longer extends his mindfulness to their arising or presence or occurrence or sign, but brings it to bear only on their cessation as destruction, fall and breakup.” (Vism. XXI, 10.) This is because contemplation of dissolution gives rise to dispassion, the crucial attitude for non-attachment to occur.

The unwholesome root of greed causes an inherent tendency towards the origination phase of the cycle of impermanence, therefore that must be countered by systematic contemplation of the dissolution phase.

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Re: Impermanence cycle of natural materiality

Post by Bundokji » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:25 am

Thank you :anjali:
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

This was the last word of the Tathagata.

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