The Philosophy of Vesak
, by Bhante Dr. M. Punnaji, e-book available at:http://www.protobuddhism.com/
Here is an excerpt:
(referring to the Buddha's enlightenment)
This apparently mystical change is not mystical at all,
because it is perfectly logical. This psychological change has
occurred through a paradigm shift. This difference of paradigm
is a difference in the way one perceives the world and oneself.
This paradigm shift occurs when passing through a series of
observations of experience in logical sequence. This logical
sequence of thought, in awakening from the dream of existence,
is as follows.
• Everything depends on conditions
• What is dependent on conditions is unstable (anicca)
• What is unstable is painful (dukkha), because we desire
• What is painful is not under my power to change
• What is not under my power is not “mine” (netam mama)
• What is not mine cannot be “me” or “I” (neso hamasmi)
• What is not “me” or “I” cannot be my “self” (neso me
• What is not “mine” or my “self” is impersonal (anatta),
and cannot be personalized (upadana).
All evil behavior such as crime, war and suicide, and
all unhappiness experienced within, is a result of the futile
effort to personalize what cannot be personalized. When this is
fully comprehended as a fact rationally, a paradigm shift from
selfishness to selflessness can occur.
Yet it can be achieved only in the absence of emotional
obstacles. This means the individual has to purify and
tranquilize the mind before the paradigm shift can occur. This
makes it necessary to practice two kinds of meditation: to make
the mind tranquil – samatha meditation, and to achieve the
paradigm shift – vipassana meditation.