Friday, May 18, 2012

Minding the mind

"There is no place to seek the mind:
it is like the footprints of the birds in the sky"      Zenrin Kushu

     "How much effort do you need to know seeing, hearing, heat, cold, touching, or tiredness? Do you need to focus to know any of these? Is that tiring or difficult? See how easy observing is? Would it be tiring to practice like this the whole day?"
Ashin Tejaniya "Dhamma Everywhere: Welcoming Each Moment with Awareness+Wisdom."

     “not every kind of mental, spiritual, or psychological effect can be achieved by dint of hard work and control. Like falling asleep, some spiritual tasks require a more glancing approach.”
     Dreyfus H, Kelly SD. All things shining. Reading Western classics to find meaning in a secular age. Free Press, NY, 2011.

     Tejaniya's "particular way of teaching is now influencing a number of Western vipassana teachers. He emphasizes practicing in a relaxed but continuous manner rather than forcing one’s effort; opening the field of awareness to all experience rather than beginning with a primary object to establish concentration; walking at a regular rather than slow pace on retreat; not imposing a fixed retreat schedule; and focusing on one’s relationship to objects rather than on the objects themselves. The integration of these elements appears to strengthen the five spiritual faculties (indriya)— faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, wisdom — and deepen practice in everyday life."                                Mirka Knaster

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  1. Hi,
    In my experience the illusion of time poverty is a major obstacle to just observing.

    Any further thoughts?

  2. Yes, the feeling of not having enough time is huge these days. Like other "barriers", time poverty is very solid until we at least partially see through it. The processing or letting go of barriers (defilements in the Vipassana tradition) is in stages ie subtle forms of it tend to recur for further seeing through.