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Essentials of Buddha-Dhamma in Meditative Practice
By: Sayagyi U Ba Khin

Essentials of Buddha-Dhamma in Meditative Practice, Sayagyi U Ba Khin


 
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Author: Sayagyi U Ba Khin
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Publication Date: 2015

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.....Anicca, dukkha and anatta-impermanence, suffering and egolessness- are the three essential characteristics of things in the teaching of the Buddha. If you know anicca correctly, you know dukkha as its corollary and anatta as ultimate truth. It takes time to understand the three together.....

......Impermanence (anicca) is, of course, the essential fact which must be first experienced and understood by practice. Mere book-knowledge of the Buddha-Dhamma will not be enough for the correct understanding of anicca because the experiential aspect will be missing. It is only through experiential understanding of the nature of anicca as an ever-changing process within yourself that you can understand anicca in the way the Buddha would like you to understand it. As in the days of the Buddha, so too now, this under- standing of anicca can be developed by persons who have no book-knowledge whatsoever of Buddhism....

.....Whether a Buddha has arisen or not, the practice of sila and samadhi may be present in the human world. They are, in fact, the common denominators of all religious faiths. They are not, however, sufficient means for the goal of Buddhism- the complete end of suffering. In his search for the end of suffering, Prince Siddhartha, the future Buddha, found this out and worked his way through to find the path which would lead to the end of suffering. After solid work for six years, he found the way out, became completely enlightened, and then taught men and gods to follow the path which would lead them to the end of suffering.....
.....For progress in Vipassana meditation, a student must keep knowing anicca as continuously as possible. The Buddha's advice to monks is that they should try to maintain the awareness of anicca, dukkha or anatta in all postures, whether sitting, standing, walking or lying down. Continuous awareness of anicca, and so of dukkha and anatta, is the secret of success. The last words of the Buddha just before he breathed his last and passed away into mahaparinibbana were: 'Decay (or anicca) is inherent in all component things. Work out your own salvation with diligence.' This is in fact the essence of all his teachings during the forty-five years of his ministry. If you will keep up the awareness of the anicca that is inherent in all component things, you are sure to reach the goal in the course of time....


Essentials of Buddha-Dhamma in Meditative Practice, Sayagyi U Ba Khin, Pariyatti Press, Booklet, 11 Pages, $2.95

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