Approaching the Dharma

Ways of Looking to Liberate Us

  • Insight can defined by its capacity to decrease dukkha
    • If it doesn’t decrease dukkha, is not insight (one way to see it)
    • Mindfulness may not always decrease dukkha (I know I’m suffering, but continue suffering)
  • Practicing with a certain way of looking (impermanence, Emptiness), over time can change our mental habits
    • Practicing with impermanence decreases grasping, attachment etc…
      • Look at all sensations coming up as impermanent
    • Mindfulness is another way of looking, it decreases Papancha
    • Other ways of looking
      • Anatta (no self)
      • Metta
        • what happens if I sustain this way of looking (also in terms of reducing dukkha)
  • Insight as a result of practice (no self), can be used as the method of practice.
    • allows to consolidate the insight
    • Original insight becomes a platform for new insights

Everything is Fabricated

  • All perception is fabricated (including the sense of “self” perceiving, the sense of Oneness)
  • That things exist is one extreme, that things don’t exist is another. The Buddhist path is the middle way (The Middle Path)
  • Any way of looking is fabricating reality
    • Mindfulness says to be with “what is”
      • the underlying assumption is that what is, is real
    • Emptiness is the most Liberating way of looking
  • What fabricates the fabrications is not real either, neither is the time in which fabrications happen
  • if there is no reality, the ways of looking become even more important and relevant

Other Notes

The Path Beyond Perceptions

  • We can have “inferior” perceptions
    • Anger, stress, ego
  • We can have “superior” perceptions
    • Metta, Samadhi
  • Or we can move beyond Perceptions

Aviche (ignorance)

  • False belief in a separate self
    • Below the level of thought (implied in awareness “I am aware of this”)
    • Causes reactivity
    • measurement, Comparison with others etc..
  • At the root of Papancha (vortex of mind reactions)