“Watch the thought w/o becoming the thought.”
“Watch the feeling w/o becoming the feeling.”
Ignorance, Defilements, Hindrances and the Middle Way
Ignorance avijja: not knowing the absolute truth, Ignorance means not being acquainted with your own mind – mistaking your thinking for your mind.
Everything comes out of ignorance. Goodness comes from ignorance. Evil comes from ignorance. To call things by their proper names, ignorance is the requisite condition for formations/fabrications [sankhara]; they arise in three sorts:
- Meritorious formations: intentions and considerations that go in the direction of giving rise to goodness;
- Demeritorious formations: thoughts that go in the direction of what is evil. Corrupt, and improper, defiling the mind and making it lose its luster.
- Neutral formations: thoughts that are neither, meritorious or evil. Thinking about going to bed or having a bath. Thinking that is not either good or bad.
- Delusion: stirs up the mind with thoughts that are untrue. Our knowledge is not in line with the absolute truth of the Dhamma. Not understanding impermanence, dukkha, and non-SELF.
- Greed: stirs up the mind with thoughts of I want to have. You simply want to get and not to give.
- Aversion: stirs up the mind with thoughts of I want not to have. Once it arises, you do not give a damn about anything.
Defilement Secondary [craving]:
- Kama-tanha, thoughts of wanting, for sensuality, trying to get things in ways that are offensive to the Dhamma.
- Bhava-tanha: thoughts of wanting, for things to be this way or that.
- Vibhava-tanha, thoughts of wanting, that things do not happen.
The Middle Way:
It is the nature of the world that nothing is totally bad. This is also true of Mara demons of temptation, which get in the way of our meditation and contemplation. Their good and bad sides are realities that have to exist together. As for us we have to examining things so that we do not act out of suspicion or prejudice. Once we get to see the good side of things, we can get to know them. We can get intimate. When we get familiar and intimate, we develop a sense of kinship with them. As the Buddha said, vissasa parama nati: familiarity is the highest form of kinship
3rd thinking that is neutral, that is not yet good or evil, indecision
4th ignorance, Not knowing the experience of suffering, cause of dukkha, cessation of stress, path of practice to reduce
There are two aspects to the mind. There is mental consciousness, and then there is the mind by it self
Insight: Ignorance, Cause and Effect
When I do not understand, I suffer.
When I suffer there is interest in ‘why do I suffer?’
When I am interest, I am more open to knowing of the experiences of suffering.
When I know the experiences of suffering, I understand the cause of suffering.
When I understand the cause of suffering, wisdom develops.
When there is more wisdom, there is less ignorance.
When there is less ignorance, there is less suffering.
If there is no suffering/Dukkha,
The wisdom mind would not developed as much.
Ignorance: not understanding the true nature of the mind and life.
“Everything that comes into existence must past out of existence”
source- From Ajaan Lee: The Demons of Defilement
Adapted by G Ross Clark