This first Insight Myanmar interview is an autobiography of a famous living monk, a Burmese-Chinese Sayadaw. The text is a sample of his teaching, a transcript of a live Q&A session from L.A.
ANSWER (Thabarwa Sayadaw): No, no, no, not nothing. We can use the eyes, the ears, the nose, the tongue, the body, the mind. We can use the scene, the sound, the smell, the taste of the food. We can touch hardness, softness, cold, hot. We can also use politics, economics, education.
|Jason: What Sayadaw means is just like he said.|
This is what I was taught since I was young. This theory is incomplete.
Most human beings are using this theory. Humans are intelligent. That’s why we rely on scientists or doctors or politicians. This theory and practice is incomplete. The intelligence of the living beings is just a creation, not real. We all are using created intelligence, created life, created mind. We are living in the created world.
|But what's he saying? Is it Maha-Thera-yana?|
We are feeling stress and disappointment (dukkha), doubt and confusion and not knowing what is right or what is wrong (avijja).
We can be rich, we can be educated, we can be well-known throughout the world, we can have a long life, but the mind will still remain unstable and impure [and therefore unhappy].
The mind will not be healthy or wealthy even if we are rich, educated, or well-known, because we are using ignorance and attachment [clinging] in the mind.
Ignorance is wrong view, misunderstanding. Attachment is when we don’t want to let go of the idea of something or someone [given that things are empty, shunyata, and therefore impersonal, anatta], mine or yours. That is attachment. Do you agree with this theory?