thereductor wrote:I thought that the visuddhimagga was popular reading here.
It is with me. I take it just about everywhere I go. Any opportunity to read a couple of paragraphs, I'll pull it out.
Some sections I have read over and over again and I have to admit there are some sections that I have not yet read, and some that I've read only once. The section at the beginning that covers ascetic practices, for instance, isn't a section I'll review whenever I approach a retreat.
While I find the Vism a treasure trove, its not everyone's cup of tea. It is dense in detail and written in an archaic and formulaic style. However, I believe it is worth persisting with regardless whether one's practice is informed by the commentarial tradition or not. Its an invaluable reference and an essential for any Theravadin library.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725Compassionate Hands Foundation
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