Monday, August 19, 2013

False perception of permanence arises from conceiving apparent continuity:

Buddha once said: Aniccānupassanam bhāvento niccasaññam pajahati...When developing the contemplation of Impermanence (Anicca),
one gradually overcomes the false perception of permanence...

One cannot easily observe the characteristic of Impermanence, since it is obscured and
concealed by apparent continuity: Mind falsely conceives: This is the same as it was before...
One then wrongly perceives all psycho-physical phenomena as existing permanently and not
correctly as a sequence of discrete states ever arising and ceasing...

The stage of Viewing:By training one can observe the solidity, fluidity, heat and motion within ones own body
or externally as changing states by noting their beginning, middle and end.
Example: Noting the beginning, middle and end of the breath coming in or going out!

The stage of Comprehending:One then comprehends this breath, this materiality is not the same from moment to moment.
Nor is any other solidity, fluidity, heat or motion, the same from moment to moment...
Nor is any observing mind, thought or any mental state, the same from moment to moment...
Whether internally or externally: All this is only discrete states arising and ceasing...
Such cannot be lasting happiness... Such cannot be regarded as an essentially same self...
Such change is therefore suffering... Such transience is therefore no-self...

The stage of Gaining Insight:By observing wisely and repeatedly one thus understands, that all formations, all phenomena,
all conditioned constructions inherently are permeated with the 3 characteristics of:
1: Impermanence (Anicca), 2: Suffering (dukkha), and 3: Selflessness (anatta)...
Insight dawns when noting & knowing the Dissolution  of all phenomena (bhanga-ñāna),
which gives rise to noting & knowing the Danger  within all existence (ādinava-ñāna)...
By noting the impermanence of all internal form, feeling, perception, mental construction
and consciousness, one can generalize and extend this observed impermanence to also be
dominant in all external form, feeling, perception, mental construction and consciousness.
One can furthermore infer, that all phenomena in the past was impermanent, and so also
will all phenomena in the future be impermanent. This expands & matures the comprehension.
The result of contemplating Impermanence is absence of distortion (vipallāsa):The false perception of permanence actually comes from an -a priori- conceptual notion:
"All phenomena are permanent and endures as the same from moment to moment..."
This distortion of perception (sañña-vipallāsa) - arised from ignorance - then by repetition
then distorts thinking (citta-vipallāsa), which then later solidifies into a distortion of
view (ditthi-vipallāsa): One then perceives, thinks and views: Formations are all lasting!
This false conviction have been reified and reinforced through numberless accounts
of existence, since a indiscernible beginning, and is thus deeply ingrown and imbedded
in mind. However this triple distortion of perception, thinking and viewing can be broken
by repeated reasoned observation of & reflection on the universal aspect of impermanence.
This requires rationally directed attention (yoniso manasikāra) and clear comprehension
and leads to knowing and regarding all formations with a pleasant
imperturbable equanimity... (sankhara-upekkhā-ñāna)...

All things break apart! Nothing is thus worth clinging to...
Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest! Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

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