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Mahasi Method and Sutta Question

Postby samadhi_steve » Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:36 am

Hello everyone,

Looking to clarify(?) something I have been pondering back and forth in my practice.

If you are practicing liberating mindfulness are you able to grasp concepts. Ie. Reading this post you are able to decode the letters and understand what I am saying therefore the action of "mere seeing" with detachment is not complete.

I have experienced both in my meditation, although I find when I am deeper absorbed into activity and more peaceful it is more just action without understanding concepts (ie. just seeing rather than seeing and knowing the content of words ect.) - this is very short lasting.

I briefly remember a sutta where there was such content: When there is seeing it is merely seeing, when there is hearing it is merely hearing, etc with the other senses. Can anyone recall this sutta?

This goes with the Mahasi Method, when noting should you be able to hear what a understand what person is saying? Or just notice the contact such as:

{sound => ear => ear-consciousness } => feeling
------------contact-----------
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Re: Mahasi Method and Sutta Question

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:47 am

Hi samadhi_steve,

Ud 1.10 Bahiya Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
"Then, Bahiya, you should train yourself thus: In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen. In reference to the heard, only the heard. In reference to the sensed, only the sensed. In reference to the cognized, only the cognized. That is how you should train yourself. When for you there will be only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the sensed in reference to the sensed, only the cognized in reference to the cognized, then, Bahiya, there is no you in terms of that. When there is no you in terms of that, there is no you there. When there is no you there, you are neither here nor yonder nor between the two. This, just this, is the end of stress."

My understanding of what I am trying to do on retreats (I follow the Mahasi approach) is, as you say, to "catch" things at the earliest stage, i.e. at "hearing" rather than "hearing a bird".

Of course, this non-conceptual thing is not going to be practical when you are engaged in a task that involves concepts.,.

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Re: Mahasi Method and Sutta Question

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:51 pm

The same teaching is given in the Malukyaputta Sutta.

The Mahāsi Sayādaw often used to teach this discourse.
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Re: Mahasi Method and Sutta Question

Postby samadhi_steve » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:20 pm

thank you!

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