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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

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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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.
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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!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

Sutta Nipata 3.725


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