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Of birds and meditators

Postby Ben » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:15 am

Birds are first delivered from their mothers' wombs in the form of eggs.

By breaking through the shells, they are delivered for a second time. Finally when they become full fledglings, endowed with feathers and wings, they are delivered from their nests and can fly wherever they please.

Similar is the case of meditators. They are first delivered from the distractions of the mind which have
accompanied them throughout the beginningless saṃsāra (cycle of rebirth),
through successfully setting up mindful body contemplation (mindfulness of the body kayānupassanā), or by accomplishing the work of tranquillity meditation.

Secondly, when they attain insight (vipassana) into body, mind, aggregates (rupa, nama, khandha) and so on, they are free from coarse forms of ignorance.

Finally, when the seven factors of enlightenment (bojjhaṅga), develop and mature, they become fully fledged by attaining the knowledge of the supramundane path (lokuttara-magga- ñana) called sambodhi.

Thus are they delivered from the state of worldlings (puthujjana), attaining the state of Noble Ones (ariya) the supramundane (lokkuttara): nibbāna.

The Requisites of Enlightenment (Bodhipakkhiya Dipani).
Venerable Ledi Sayadaw


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Re: Of birds and meditators

Postby alan » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:24 am

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Re: Of birds and meditators

Postby Ben » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:29 am

Thank you, Alan. Your photo is beautiful!
with metta,

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Re: Of birds and meditators

Postby altar » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:54 am

its an image i had at a vipsoanna retreat and is in herman hesse's demian.
i like hearing the crocus o birds while i meditate.
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Re: Of birds and meditators

Postby Kare » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:42 am

alan wrote:Created just for you, Ben. http://www.flickr.com/photos/49904366@N ... /lightbox/


Wonderful photos, Alan!

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Re: Of birds and meditators

Postby bodom » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:55 pm

Ben wrote:Venerable Ledi Sayadaw...


:bow:

Thanks for posting Ben!

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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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