mikenz66 wrote:... many of us will have had the experience of sitting on a retreat and suddenly seeing the answer to something that has been bugging us. That's can be really useful, but, again, it's not vipassana...
The Buddha's teachings on time are interesting in that even though they do talk about time, they don't talk about a beginning point in time. The beginning point for your experience is right here in the present moment. It all comes springing out of right here; so instead of trying trace things back to first causes someplace way back in the past, the Buddha has you look for first causes right here and right now. Dig down deep inside into the area of the mind where intention and attention and perception play against each other, for that's the point from which all things are born.
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rowyourboat wrote:Just to add (hopefully not to the confusion!) that wise reflection (yonisomanasikara) form a prior step before performing satipatthana and seems to help some people. This prior step is shown in the 'factors of stream entry' :
1) associating with noble ones
2) listening to the true dhamma (gives rise to Right view)
3) wise reflection (the second cause for the arising of Right view)
4) satipatthana practice ('practice according to the dhamma') (gives rise to inight into phenomena as it really is- yathabhutha nana)
wise attention -> joy -> rapture -> tranquility of body -> happiness -> concentration -> seeing as it is -> revulsion -> dispassion -> liberation
Nava yonisomanasikāramūlakā dhammā, yonisomanasikaroto pāmojjaṃ jāyati, pamuditassa pīti jāyati, pītimanassa kāyo passambhati, passaddhakāyo sukhaṃ vedeti, sukhino cittaṃ samādhiyati, samāhite citte yathābhūtaṃ jānāti passati, yathābhūtaṃ jānaṃ passaṃ nibbindati, nibbindaṃ virajjati, virāgā vimuccati. PTS D3.288
For a joyful person, there is no need for an act of will, 'May rapture arise in me.' It is in the nature of things that rapture arises in a joyful person.
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