Thursday, June 6, 2019

When practice become effortless (Ajahn Chah)

Ajahn Chah ( via Ven. Sujato, Ellie Askew, Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly

When one's mind is in line with the Dharma, there is no one who is diligent and there is no one who is lazy. It’s a matter of how the mind is conditioned.

The practice of insight (vipassana) keeps flowing automatically without laziness or diligence. It’s a state that is self-sustaining, fueled by its own energy.

Once the mind has these characteristics, it means one no longer has to be "the doer" in the practice.
It could be said that it’s as if one has finished all the work one has been doing and the only thing left is for one to leave things to themselves and watch over the mind.

One does not have to be someone who is doing something anymore. There is still mental activity occurring.

One experiences pleasant and unpleasant sense contact according to one's karmic accumulations, but one sees it as "just that much" [a pinch of grass trimmings].

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