“It’s a real feedback on our mindfulness practice also. We can tell if somebody’s mindfulness practice is working correctly when we see that he or she is getting less attached to views. This doesn’t mean not having any opinions or being utterly indecisive or unsure. It means that you can very clearly formulate your ideas and views, but you don’t hold on to them tightly. The open awareness that you have is then able to understand the other side. Somebody who is diametrically opposed to your views – you understand why he or she is saying that. You may even be able to appreciate the logic and coherence of their thinking. So beautiful. So powerful. And this is all because the hedonic investment in your views and opinions is something that you are consciously monitoring through awareness.”
We’re trying to be very inclusive – receptive and open. To allow for others to be different. To allow for racial differences, gender differences, differences in interest – allow people to be the way they are. That doesn’t mean that I have to be like them, but it does mean that there can be space for others to be the way they are. That’s the way out of discrimination, out of fundamentalism, out of dogmatism, and out of so many other evils. Very spacious and allowing, but at the same time also very clear and discerning. The two come together in that quality of being aware.
I can allow myself to step out of my position, put myself into your position, and look at the situation from your viewpoint. So fascinating. And that doesn’t mean that afterwards I can’t go back to my viewpoint – that I have somehow lost it for good just because for a moment I let go of it to explore the other position. I can still have my opinion, but I will also have a greater understanding of the whole situation. I now understand the situation from the opposite viewpoint. If I’m just holding on to my viewpoint, I’ll get a sort of tunnel view, like I’m wearing those blinders they put on horses, and everything that is different from my view has to be out – cut off. Not allowed.
– Bhante Analayo
“In the Ocean of Samsara, what can you hold on to, to keep from drowning?…. Nothing”
short clip from a recent talk on Dukkha during the 3 Characteristics of Existence Retreat.
“Dukkha is the result of how we relate to reality. If we cling to what is impermanent, what is undependable, we cause our own suffering. Dukkha is not something that somebody else, the universe or whatever, puts on us, Dukkha is what we take up, we take up the Burden ourselves”.
“If we have the responsibility of this Dukkha, if we are creating our own suffering, well guess what, we have the choice to not do that, we have the choice to let go.”
“Once you realize that you have the power, once you realize that its not some external force that is causing you suffering, pain, once you realize that it’s you, and you are responsible for your own dukkha, then you give yourself the power to change that, to end that Dukkha.”
Dhamma Talk – Various Aspects of Metta
I wanted to share the video log of a friend of mine whom I met a few months ago. She resides over in Australia and is on the path towards becoming a Bhikkhuni. I’m happy that she is doing a video log of her journey as I believe it will be of great benefit for women who wish to follow the same path, as well as men.
The fourfold assembly is fourfold for a reason, and the growth of the Bhikkhuni order is of great benefit to the growth and survival of the Dhamma world wide.
So check out her videos and see a different perspective on the Dhamma, from a woman I greatly admire and wish well.