By Ayya Khema
During this lucid vintage, loved instructor Ayya Khema introduces the reader to the essence of the Buddhist course. She addresses the how and why of meditation, supplying a transparent framework for knowing the character of karma and rebirth and the whole thing of the eightfold course. With particular, functional suggestion Ayya Khema illuminates the practices of compassion and sympathetic pleasure and provides forthright counsel in operating with the obstacles that all of us come upon in meditation. Few introductory books are either uncomplicated and profound. Being no one, Going Nowhere is either.
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What we are using for our own comfort is self-directed and not directed to losing self, which is the essence of the Buddha舗s teachings. The whole of the Buddha舗s teachings are directed toward losing self. 舡 But that doesn舗t mean that suffering in the world is going to stop. It means that if there舗s nobody here to react to suffering, there is no suffering. Self will stop. If there舗s nobody here to have a problem, how can there be a problem? Having pleasant abiding for one舗s own comfort, one goes in the wrong direction.
Nobody can keep the pleasant feelings. Nobody can permanently get rid of the unpleasant ones. As one gets older 舒 as some of you may have noticed 舒 the body has more unpleasant feelings than it used to have. Nobody is exempt. It舗s the law of nature. Death is certain and very often connected with very unpleasant feelings. But these unpleasant feelings are not confined to old age and death. The youngest, strongest people have unpleasant physical feelings and unpleasant emotional feelings. If we resolve to keep still for a moment, finally to take a look, to no longer run away from the unpleasant and no longer grasp at the pleasant 舒 maybe for just one meditation session 舒 we will have learned an enormous amount about ourselves.
There is a spontaneous, impetuous reaction to the unpleasant feeling by moving to get rid of it as quickly as possible. In daily living, we try to get rid of unpleasant feelings by getting rid of the people who trigger them in us, by trying to get rid of situations, by blaming others instead of looking at the feeling and saying, 舠So, it has arisen. It will stay awhile and it will pass again. Nothing remains the same. 舡 This reaction of ours, trying to keep the pleasant and trying to get rid of the unpleasant, is the reason for our continual roaming around the realm of birth and death, because there舗s no direction to it.