Perception and Wrong View

revised on 2021-01-27

Dhamma Talks by Mogok Sayadaw; 23rd March 1959

Sañña is perception, making the perceptions of father, mother …etc. The reality of mind and body disappears and perceptions come in and taking them as real father and mother and relying on them. Don’t know them as conventional truth by taking the perception as real and depending and relying on them. Because of wrong perception, it becomes wrong view. Most wrong views come from perceptions. Therefore, human beings are relying on impermanence, suffering and not-self, birth, old age and death. Only by ending of the paramattha objects you can realize the objectless paramattha Nibbāna. There are 2 kinds of perceptions, right and wrong perceptions. Right perception becomes right view and wrong perception becomes wrong view. You must know the differences. From the perception of perversion or distortion (sañña vipallāsa) come the knowing of perversion (citta vipallāsa) and the view of perversion (diṭṭhi vipallāsa) respectively. Knowing the nature of the mind and body and their causes and effects processes is a cūḷa-sotāpanna, and then free from one life to the planes of misery. Become a mahā-sotāpanna by contemplation and abandoning wrong view and attachment to them, and then totally be free from the planes of misery, because he has no latent tendency of wrong view (diṭṭhānusaya). Every time perception arises by contemplation of impermanence and not become wrong view. After it’s arising and not contemplating and following by wrong view. As an example, seeing the son, with the only perception of the son not create a fault. But I have to rely on him, and then it’s sticking with wrong view. Every time it comes, have to contemplate. If become a habit and it’s not difficult. Difficulties come from no habitual practice. (This is a very important point for yogis.)

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