Buddhism in Thailand II by Karuna Kusalasaya

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NO-SELF The last and perhaps most misunderstood of the Three Characteristics is no- self , also rendered as egol ess nes s or emptine ss . Emptiness, for all its mysterious sounding connotations, just means that reality is empty of a permanent, separate self. ” It doesn't mean that reality is not there, or that all of this is illusion! Solidity is an illusion, permanence is an illusion, that the watcher is a separate thing is an illusion, but all of this isn't an illusion. Sure, all experience is utterly transient and ephemeral, but that is not quite the same as everything being an illusion.

Strengthen and balance. These are the cycles we go through with these faculties, and there is no limit to the level at which they can be mastered. One other thing is accurately said of the Five Spiritual Faculties as they apply to insight training: when they are balanced and perfected, this is sufficient cause for awakening. THE SEVEN FACTORS OF ENLIGHTENMENT The Seven Factors of Enlightenment are mindfulne ss , inve stigat ion o f the truth , energy , rapture , tranquility , conce ntratio n and equanimit y.

Seeing their true nature, you will gain profound insights. What the sensations are doesn't matter one bit from the point of view of noting practice. What is important is that you know what they are. The difference between these two perspectives should be clearly understood. ” and is loosely related to breathing exercises where you count breaths from 1 to 10. One of my very best insight meditation teachers, a monk from Singapore, would hold interviews every two days while I was on my third retreat.

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