|Bathing and practicing in the River Jordan, Palestine's own Ganges, I will purify myself?|
- "Right"? Each of the Path factors is preceded with samma or "right." Why? Not all effort or exertion is profitable and beneficial. The Pali word sammā), samyañc in Sanskrit, means "right, proper, as it ought to be, best" (Thomas William Rhys Davids; William Stede, Pali-English Dictionary, pp. 695-696) and is contrasted with the opposite miccha ("wrong or misguided").
- "Meditation" (bhavana) in Buddhism is not limited to sitting in lotus position. It literally means "bringing into being," calling into existence, producing, cultivating, developing, sometimes by contemplation and reflection (anussati) -- most notably of the 12 causal-links of Dependent Origination in insight meditation -- other times by still and silent absorption in some field of effort like the 40+ meditation subjects the Buddha recommended.
- avoid (samvara-padhāna)
- overcome (pahāna-padhāna)
- develop (bhāvanā-padhāna)
- maintain (nurakkhana-padhāna).
|The Wheel of Rebirth vs. the Wheel of the Path|
|Balance your exertions with ease.|
- mindfulness (sati)
- investigation of phenomena (dhamma-vicaya)
- energy/effort (viriya)
- joy/rapture (pīti)
- tranquillity (passaddhi)
- coherence/concentration (samādhi)
- unbiased equanimity (upekkhā).
|Cemetery meditations are not for hate-types.|