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2. Book of the Twos
31. A Share in Clear Knowing
“These two qualities have a share in clear knowing. Which two? Tranquillity (samatha) & insight (vipassana).
“When tranquillity is developed, what purpose does it serve? The mind is developed. And when the mind is developed, what purpose does it serve? Passion is abandoned.
“When insight is developed, what purpose does it serve? Discernment is developed. And when discernment is developed, what purpose does it serve? Ignorance is abandoned.
“Defiled by passion, the mind is not released. Defiled by ignorance, discernment does not develop. Thus from the fading of passion is there awareness-release. From the fading of ignorance is there discernment-release.”_
@JaySon it seems you achieved the first part (at least you know now what meant by first part - tranquility)
I've gone into first jhana a couple times since this post, but I can't always access it. Sometimes a hindrance is just too strong and I can't always get to that level of concentration.
Aware of constant shifting moment by moment.
Letting it all go.
If only it were as simple as it sounds.......
I guess simple ain't always easy!
When I first read it, I didn't understand it at all. Now I have a hunch that I only barely understand it. I went from thinking it's brilliant stuff to living it (as best as I can).
It's really easy to identify when I realize I'm being a self-centered jackass. That's when I know I have really clung to something, more like welded to it. It's the hot iron of what I believe to be self that I know I need to let go of.
Then there will be times in my car when I'm driving down the road and I'll become aware of impermanence moment to moment. It's a more subtle experience. And I practice sensing it all flow without clinging to anything. It's actually pretty "pleasant" not grabbing at both what is pleasant and what is not pleasant.
But... I have decades of attachments and I fail most of the time.
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice.
Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.
If I'm playing with my dog or cat, then I might say aloud... As I play with my dog may all dogs have fun, plenty to eat and drink, a safe place to sleep, and freedom from cruelty and violence.
Or... As I eat this yogurt may all beings have plenty of food and water. May also beings never hunger. May all beings become enlightened.
I'm not sure if that's what you mean by intention, but that's how I practice intention.
What does practicing intention look like in your practice, @Will_Baker ?