|On almsround in the San Gabriel Valley|
So more than study, which is very beneficial, we benefit by PRACTICE of the Path for the truth.
Sillier still is the idea that setting off in any direction -- without study or guidance from someone who knows by first hand experience -- is going to get us to the place me mean to go. We're likely to end up very lost.
|Sayalay from Virginia to Burma to California|
Right-view (to understand) and right-action (to practice) lead to right-meditation (coherent states of mind and mindfulness or samadhi and sati), which perfects right-view.
- virtue (the precepts)
- purifying concentration (coherence)
- wisdom (right-view).
|Can a baby know the way to enlightenment?|
By nonclinging (giving, letting go, detaching) to every experience of mind and body, mentality and materiality, psychology and physicality, we become free and can begin to see thing as they really are. The Buddha then explained the systematic Fourfold Setting Up of Mindfulness to see:
In this way we can use this life in the "right" way, in a very beneficial way, free of attachment to what is ultimately (1) impermanent (passing), (2) disappointing (woeful, unable to satisfy or fulfill), and (3) impersonal (not at all what it seems).
good deeds continuously. What is "good"? Actions (karma) motivated by nongreed, nonhatred, nondelusion (the three good roots), things that neither harm oneself nor others, this is "good."
|Embodying Perfect Wisdom|
If we understand in this way, we live carefree, without worries about our lives or whatever things happen. It is very relaxing.
We need not pursue pleasures, distractions, and happinesses. We can do necessary things, like merit and meditation instead. This will solve all kinds of problems.
What if rather than chasing after "happiness," we simply abandon three expressions of karma (mental, verbal, physical) that chases, rejects, or gets confused about experience?
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