Practice On The Body, Feeling And Mind

Dhamma Talks by Mogok Sayadaw; 3rd to 4th Jan. 1960

Condensing the 5-khandhas become mind and body. They are unstable and have the characteristic of deteriorating nature (viparināma lakkhanam) and the truth of dukkha (dukkha sacca) or viparināma lakkhanam dukkha saccam. This is still not your own experience yet. It’s true or not, check it directly. (This is a very important point on faith in Buddhism.) You will find out that after arising and it’s disappearing. Then it’s unstable and deteriorating (viparināma). It’s the truth of dukkha and does not bring happiness but only to suffering. It lets its normal nature to deteriorate and die. Therefore, it’s suffering. You see your own suffering. If you contemplate literally on the attributes of the Dhamma and it becomes samatha practice, but use it as an insight practice. Sanditthiko – visible here and now, contemplate to see impermanence by yourself. Only impermanence exists so you discern anicca. By discerning anicca not continue to craving, clinging and action (tanhā, upādānam and kamma). This is akāliko (non-temporal or timeless). With these 2-Dhamma Attributes (qualities) you can realize Nibbāna. Why is that? Because it’s not leading to the continuation of khandhas. Without continuation birth, old and death is stop coming. It’s Nibbāna. Only become sanditthiko you will see Nibbāna. In contemplation you are seeing feeling and knowing anicca. I want to make some corrections in insight practice. Most people think watching and contemplating means: give an example, a crane is watching at the outlet of a drainage farm for catching the fishes. It’s not in this way. Whatever is arising and following behind with knowledge. Here watching is mindful attention and follow with paññā (sati/paññā). Whatever dhamma shows you, observe with knowledge. (Here Sayadaw compared watching and observing with the example of a crane and a fish are simple but have some hidden meanings. Find out by contemplation. What are the differences between them?) Insight practice is cutting off the continuation of the khandhas by one-self. In vipassanā practice don’t look at the bodily form. Observe the mind. Before, people were using the body for teaching. Using the 32-parts of the body and dividing them into group and the 4-elements etc. (This is one of the common practice in the Thai Forest Tradition.) It takes longer time. Human life span is short. So the best way is contemplating one’s mind. For an example, the mind wants to eat something arises and then observe it as there is or not? You will find it as not there. Not existing there is anicca and the knowing is magga. You get the insight knowledge. Every state of mind arises make effort to know it as not there, not there. This is you are observing your own death. The later Mr. Smith observes the death of previous Mr. Smith.

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