Tuesday, 21 February 2012

NEW MOON - Tuesday 21st February 2012

All chains of confinement fall away
from those who see clearly
and know well the states
of concentration and insight.

Dhammapada v. 384

A visitor to the monastery asked the meditation master, Venerable Ajahn Chah, how we can practice concentration meditation (samadhi) when in reality there is no self. The teacher explained that when we are developing concentration we work with a self. When we are developing insight (vipassana) we work with non-self. Then when we truly know what’s what, we are beyond both self and non-self.

With Metta, Bhikkhu Munindo

To study the Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things of the universe. To be enlightened by all things of the universe is to cast off the body and mind of the self as well as those of others. Even the traces of enlightenment are wiped out, and life with traceless enlightenment goes on forever and ever.

Eihei Dōgen

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