Spaced Out - On the Buddha's Discourse on Emptiness

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Spaced Out - On the Buddha's Discourse on Emptiness

Postby gavesako » Fri May 28, 2010 9:33 am

Spaced Out - On the Buddha's discourse on Emptiness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsla2TQjMR8

An unconventional graphic representation of the topic...

:alien:

"All of the techniques and strategies taught by the Buddha in the area
of meditation are means for developing the heart so that it will be
suited to transcending the realm of conventional reality and reaching
outer space: nibbana.
What is it like, the outer space of the Dhamma? They no longer doubt
...about whether the outer space of the world exists or not. The things
that lie within conventional reality are known to exist. Outer space
beyond our atmosphere is another level of conventional reality. Outer
space: What is it like? Does it exist? How does our world in the
atmosphere differ from the things outside the world of our atmosphere
called outer space? Both of these levels exist.
The mind that lies in the realm of conventional reality (sammuti) — surrounded
and controlled — is like the various objects in the world trapped by the
pull of gravity at all times. The mind is trapped by the pull of
defilement in just the same way. It can't escape, which is why it must
develop its strength to escape from the world of this gravitational
pull. ... The outer space of the mind released from all forms of gravitational
pull, i.e., conventional reality: What is it like? Even though we've
never known it before, when we come to know it, we won't have any
doubts. This is what we referred to at the beginning when we talked about the
outer space of the world and the outer space of the mind. The outer
space of the mind — the mind of nibbana — is like that. Just
where is it annihilated? Who experiences the outer space of the mind? If
it were annihilation, who could experience it? As for where it will
or won't be reborn, we already know that there's no way for it to be
reborn. We know this clearly. We've removed every defilement or
conventional reality that would lead to rebirth." -- Ajaan Maha Boowa

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... html#space

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Re: Spaced Out - On the Buddha's Discourse on Emptiness

Postby Freawaru » Sat May 29, 2010 7:06 am

Thank you, Bhante. I love that analogy :smile:
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