Sunday, April 29, 2012

Nothing Worth Getting Excited

Just found in U Tejaniya's blog, this very much worth pondering excerpt from his last book: Welcoming Each moment With Awareness+Wisdom:
Only when the mind does not perceive experiences as pleasing will it understand the Noble Truth of dukkha. As long as the mind perceives experiences as pleasing, then the Noble Truth of dukkha is still far from being understood.
Yes, just like Ajahn Chah's image of the wilted flower. No matter how beautiful, the rose carries within each one of its cells, its inevitable fate. Nothing lasting, nothing worth getting enthralled with. Hence the wisdom of disenchantment, and dispassion. 

This is not about being blase or dismissive of 'happy' moments. Rather it is about finding equanimity, from the stored memory of many many mindful times before, seeing impermanence. I will take equanimity a million times over the seesaw of mindless excitement and aversion. 

Sitting, this morning, there is delight about a world just how 'I' want it, calm and sweet. And the awareness, that too shall pass . . . pain and storms ahead. 


  1. Perhaps too many people practice meditation etc. nowadays in order to obtain more pleasing experiances in the future than they have had in the past.However this usually only leads to more suffering of a refined kind. Also I tend to think this is not what the buddha taught.The first noble truth can possibly be progressed from but it should never be forgotten.

  2. Yes.

    At least, better pursue happiness from practice than other venues . . . One may get somewhere that way :)