||Teoh Tue 200317
(Short notes pdf)
|Announcement of class interval due to national Movement Control Order (MCO) starting tomorrow.
The class will be cancelled unless we can go online. We will try it out on the 24 March 2020.
New Book: Heart Sutra Short Notes – 2nd Edition. Some enhancement and improvement were done especially to the table of content and appendixes.
- Page 94 – Review of chart with 4 circles (Buddha Nature > True Mind (Pure Awareness) > Mundane Mind > phenomena world of External Forms) to develop the understanding of creation starting from the Source or Buddha Nature leading to the Pure Awareness, Mundane mind and the phenomena world of consciousness and forms.
- Pages 6 & 7 – Review the 2 aspects to the 5 aggregates of form and mind, and understanding of contents of consciousness.
- The below famous 4 stanzas of the Diamond Sutra:
一 切 有 爲 法, (All are conditioned dharma or phenomena => not a permanent unchanging entity);
如 夢 幻 泡 影, (They are like dreams, illusions, bubbles, and shadows => unreal, empty nature);
如 露 亦 如 電, (Like dew and a lightning flash => impermanent);
應 作 如 是 觀. (One should contemplate them thus => to develop the contemplative wisdom).
Can allow us to develop great wisdom/understanding of the illusionary world of consciousness and form.
- page 243 (Appendix 6A) – Review of pyramid chart in Appendix 6A (Trinity to Understand Cultivation), and 6.1 (A Trained Mind) and 6.2 (An untrained mind).
- Page 244 – Review of Appendix 6.2 (An Untrained Mind), and 6.3 (Training the Mind).
- Pages 246 & 247 – Review of Appendix 6.5 – Important Advice to Meditators, Using the Silent Mind (SammaSati), and the 7 universal mental factors.
Book Reference: The Buddha and His Teachings by Venerable Narada (Chapter 44, page 663 – The Problems of Life).
- According to the Buddha, ‘Inconceivable is the beginning of the first thought of ignorance that condition birth and death’. (So, don’t waste time pondering this, as it is inconceivable).
- Instead ask, “Who are you?” and “When you die, who dies and what dies?”
- The heart sutra mentions – In true emptiness there is no birth, old age, sickness, and death, no one born, no one die, no one attain, no mark of a self, no mark of Dhamma, no mark of life, even the 4 Noble Truth cease to exist; because it is the unconditioned. All these exists only within the conditioned world (Samsara).
- To live life is to exist through So, Existence is Time related and the whole spectrum of Time is made up of the Past, the Present, and the Future.Past is gone – so no longer a reality; Future yet to come – also not a reality, hence, the only reality is the Present moment (the here and the now) and this is the highest in life. But to transcend life one has to transcend even this present moment to realize the cessation of form and mind (Nibbana).
- The present moment (which is the only reality) is the highest in life, where everything arises and passes away.
But this present moment is so transient – the moment you talk about it, it is dead and gone, so how real can existence or life be? See this clearly, especially their impermanent and empty nature of existence.
- Moment to moment life passes by… What are you doing? Are you mindful of the moment?
If you cannot see this, then you are not meditating because you lack awareness/heedfulness. If you can see this, then you are When you are heedful you will come to understand that most heedless beings are too busy heedlessly thinking, planning and worry about life, so much so, they totally missed out on life.
- Silent your mind and ask yourself the above questions. This is a very good way to check your cultivation. Check whether you are ever mindful or not? Check whether your mind is trained?
- To live life, we need to be with the moment (without thought) to experience all the pristine beauty and wonders of life. Within the moment (without thought) there is only an awareness of silence, peace, tranquillity, stillness and clarity. Have you really silent your mind to experience that?
- For example, drinking a cup of Chinese tea with full awareness without thought is zazen (Zen Meditation.) Without thought, there is no fear/worry/anxiety/thinking – your mind is fully conscious (aware, tranquil and still) in pure awareness.
- The moment you label a thing, e.g. microphone, you are no longer seeing the actual thing, no longer observant. You have tuned-off the observation and instead retrieved the concept + image of a microphone from your memory via seeing through that memory’s lens.
- When you really see things as they are with the silent mind, you are just aware and observing, there is no words/labels and no concept. In this way, you will see truth; you will see the actual thing, you see reality.
- Sister Soo Yee added her input via her explanation as follows: – the microphone being made up of many constituent parts and how the meaning of the word/concept “microphone” arise when that final constituent thing can perform a function. That thing also keeps evolving as technology progresses.
- Bro Teoh expanded on Soo Yee’s above explanation by quoting the bullock cart analogy as taught by the Buddha. The Buddha said when you assemble all the parts together, the bullock cart arises already – the reason why he said, it is a condition arising entity, hence When you dismantle the parts, then the so-called bullock cart is no more. This allow us to understand that all things are condition arising entities; without conditions it will cease to be. So, externally, the bullock cart is already not so real. Then how do you know it is a bullock cart? You perceiveit via your seeing consciousness, isn’t it? Through the inverted image that appear in your brain. Externally, it is already not so real because of its condition arising entity, then when you perceive it through that image in your brain (via memory/label/concept), isn’t that even more unreal?
Then why do you still cling and grasp on to it. It is just an image.
- Everything is not so real or what you “think” it is, then when things don’t go our way, why do you still grasp onto them via wanting things your way which is not nature’s way. When you cannot get what you want you suffer and there is pain, misery, sorrow and lamentation.
- As the Buddha’s saying goes: “My son, my wealth, my possessions (all these) only the fools lament, for that very body also don’t belong to him, wherein son and wherein wealth?”
(Above outline short notes draft was prepared by Sis Soo Yee)