The no-doer in the modern world

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bodom
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Re: The no-doer in the modern world

Post by bodom » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:18 am

Buddhadasa:
Keep in mind the principle of doerless doing: 

The doing is done but no doer is there.
The path has been walked but no walker is there. 

This verse refers to the arahant, the one who has practised Dhamma, or who has walked the Noble Path to its very end and who has reached Nibbana, but with no walker or no practiser to be found. 

The principle of doerless doing must be taken up and utilized in our daily lives. Whether we're eating, sitting, laying down, standing, walking,  using, seeking, whatever we're doing we must have enough truth-discerning awareness to prevent the arising of the feeling of 'I'- the feeling that 'I' am the doer, 'I' am the eater: the walker, the sitter, the sleeper or the user. We must make the mind constantly empty of ego, so that emptiness is the natural state and we abide with the awareness that there is nothing worth having or being.
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:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

Sarva
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Re: The no-doer in the modern world

Post by Sarva » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:21 am

Thanks all
I am very grateful for the helpful replies. I am going to 'let go' and not think so much about this for the moment. :) :namaste:
“Both formerly & now, it is only stress that I describe, and the cessation of stress.” — SN 22:86

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