Posted by: Upāsaka | 08/20/2018

Taste without Greed

As the Buddha describes, “He takes his food experiencing the taste, though not experiencing greed for the taste.”²⁰ With the development of wisdom, you will understand that sensual desire is not pleasure; it is suffering; it is a force that inhibits the deep peace and rest you seek.

Excerpt From: “Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana” by Shaila Catherine.

My exploration of the approach of Burmese masters like the Venerables Ledi and Pa Auk Sayadaws is proving to be fruitful. After a 30+ hour fast and the Uposatha observance I succumbed to a desire for a sense pleasure I had forsworn but, rather than allow myself to get caught up in the charybdic maw of guilt and remorse I have turned to see how I might investigate it. Clearly, just as I imputed desirability to the action before it was undertaken I am now projecting aversion onto the act and its fruition. What is done is done and I can no more recall the kamma than I can turn back time.

How, though, does the quote above relate? I think it has everything to do with the reality that we can remain equanimous in the face of pleasures and pains if only we practice correctly to develop wisdom and equipoise.

May I always meet with true teachers of the Buddhadhamma until safety is won.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Categories

Good Girl Grown Up

In the Process of Learning to Break the Rules

Path Press

an existential approach to the Buddha's teaching

nwspiritism

NorthWest Spiritism - Explore Your Destiny

QUANTUM AWARENESS

Are Buddhists, Neuroscientists, and Quantum Physicists saying the same thing in different languages? Let's finally bring the three together and have an enlightening discussion.

Pure Dhamma

A Quest to Recover Buddha's True Teachings