Here’s an 58-min recorded video Dhamma Talk (100MB .mp4).
- Pārāyana, Parayana, Sutta Nipāta, Sutta Nipata, Early Buddhist Texts, Brahmins, psychic powers, nature of existence, discontentment, disharmony, discord, desire, craving, dukkha, mindfulness, brahmaviharas, jhanas, 9th jhana
- Khuddaka Nikaya -> Sutta Nipāta -> Pārāyana:
With what is the world shrouded? Because of what doesn’t it shine? With what is it smeared? Tell me. What is its great danger & fear?
The Buddha: With ignorance the world is shrouded. Because of stinginess, heedlessness,1 it doesn’t shine. With longing it’s smeared—I tell you. Suffering-stress: its great danger & fear.
Ajita: They flow every which way, the streams. What is their blocking, what their restraint—tell me— with what are they finally stopped?
The Buddha: Whatever streams there are in the world: Their blocking is mindfulness, mindfulness is their restraint—I tell you— with discernment they’re finally stopped.
Ajita: Discernment & mindfulness, name-&-form, dear sir: Tell me, when asked this, where are they brought to a halt?
The Buddha: This question you’ve asked, Ajita, I’ll answer it for you— where name-&-form are brought to a halt without trace: With the cessation of consciousness they’re brought to a halt.
Ajita: Those here who have fathomed the Dhamma, those who are learners, those who are run-of-the-mill: When you, dear sir, astute, are asked this, tell me their manner of life.
The Buddha: He should not hanker for sensual pleasures, should be limpid in mind. Skilled in all mental qualities, he, the monk, should wander mindfully. vv. 1032–1039
Who here in the world is contented? Who has no agitations? What thinker knowing both sides, doesn’t adhere in between? Whom do you call a great person? Who here has gone past the seamstress? —craving.
The Buddha: He who in the midst of sensualities, follows the holy life, always mindful, craving-free; the monk who is —through fathoming things— unbound: He has no agitations. He, the thinker knowing both sides, doesn’t adhere in between.1 He I call a great person. He here has gone past the seamstress: craving. vv. 1040–1042
- Blaise Pascal’s famous quotation (from his book “Pensées”): “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
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