Webu Sayadaw: walking or flying?

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Webu Sayadaw: walking or flying?

Postby khaaan » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:24 am

I heard this story many years ago. I don't know if it's true, but I when I related it to Roger Bischoff (translator & compiler of The Way to Ultimate Calm: Selected Discourses of Webu Sayadaw), he said it sounded like the kind of thing the Sayadaw would say.

The son of a meditation teacher had heard that Webu Sayadaw's feet didn't touch the ground when he walked. So one rainy day, he crouched down with his head close to the ground, so he could watch the Sayadaw's feet. The Sayadaw walked over a wet area, and when he reached a dry area, the young man noticed that his feet left no wet footprints. "Sir," he asked, "are you walking or flying?" The Sayadaw stopped and replied, "If you pay as much attention to this spot [between the nose and the upper lip] as you did to my feet just now, perhaps some good may come of it."

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Re: Webu Sayadaw: walking or flying?

Postby bodom » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:32 am

khaaan wrote:I heard this story many years ago. I don't know if it's true, but I when I related it to Roger Bischoff (translator & compiler of The Way to Ultimate Calm: Selected Discourses of Webu Sayadaw), he said it sounded like the kind of thing the Sayadaw would say.

The son of a meditation teacher had heard that Webu Sayadaw's feet didn't touch the ground when he walked. So one rainy day, he crouched down with his head close to the ground, so he could watch the Sayadaw's feet. The Sayadaw walked over a wet area, and when he reached a dry area, the young man noticed that his feet left no wet footprints. "Sir," he asked, "are you walking or flying?" The Sayadaw stopped and replied, "If you pay as much attention to this spot [between the nose and the upper lip] as you did to my feet just now, perhaps some good may come of it."


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The Way to Ultimate Calm is an excellent collection if the Sayadaw's teachings and can be read in full online here:

The way to ultimate calm: selected discourses of Webu Sayadaw
http://books.google.com/books?id=B8gwRy ... &q&f=false

:anjali:
“What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, bhikkhus. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” - MN 19

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Re: Webu Sayadaw: walking or flying?

Postby manas » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:46 pm

Personally, I would find it irritating if my feet didn't touch the ground as I walked...I quite like the touch of my feet on the ground as I pace up and down my walking track.
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

(SN 22.97)

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Re: Webu Sayadaw: walking or flying?

Postby Ben » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:49 pm

bodom wrote:
khaaan wrote:I heard this story many years ago. I don't know if it's true, but I when I related it to Roger Bischoff (translator & compiler of The Way to Ultimate Calm: Selected Discourses of Webu Sayadaw), he said it sounded like the kind of thing the Sayadaw would say.

The son of a meditation teacher had heard that Webu Sayadaw's feet didn't touch the ground when he walked. So one rainy day, he crouched down with his head close to the ground, so he could watch the Sayadaw's feet. The Sayadaw walked over a wet area, and when he reached a dry area, the young man noticed that his feet left no wet footprints. "Sir," he asked, "are you walking or flying?" The Sayadaw stopped and replied, "If you pay as much attention to this spot [between the nose and the upper lip] as you did to my feet just now, perhaps some good may come of it."


:thumbsup:

The Way to Ultimate Calm is an excellent collection if the Sayadaw's teachings and can be read in full online here:

The way to ultimate calm: selected discourses of Webu Sayadaw
http://books.google.com/books?id=B8gwRy ... &q&f=false

:anjali:


Seconded!
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- 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 3.725

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