Interest in the activity of the mind (9)
Why are you aware? Don’t forget what you are doing, don’t forget why you are doing this. What is the state of your observing mind? You are cultivating awareness and watching continuously. This is moment-to-moment cultivation. The meditating mind must have the right attitude. The practice must be done the right way. Experience is always happening. What [background] idea do you have in your practice? What state of mind are you watching it with? What point of view are you looking at it with? When you are not expecting anything, when you don’t want anything, at that time, understanding can arise.
—Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Dhamma Everywhere (p. 99)
(photo by Malaysian Yogi)
It is amazing to me that three years ago I was listening to this teaching in the morning in the meditation hall and then listening, and listening, and listening in my little dormitory room at night and transcribing these very words…Reblogging them now. It seems unreal. So grateful for all these opportunities!
Taste of Dhamma (2)
Most people in this world like to enjoy the taste of good feelings or sensations.It is said that among all tastes, the best taste is the taste of Dhamma. The taste of Dhamma is not just a feeling of peace-it is the supreme taste of knowing and understanding.
You need to taste the full flavors of Dhamma: Of knowing, of awareness, and of understanding.
—Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Dhamma Everywhere (pp. 95-96)
Persistence—the ability to hang in there with something difficult without turning away, to be willing to simply wait when waiting is what’s called for—is not a throwaway virtue, and it is not simply a form of passivity. Persistence is a powerful and positive virtue that can be cultivated and developed. It’s a key practice for nurturing all the qualities of maturity that we value: stability, responsibility, self-acceptance, a loving heart—all require that we persist with what we are up to, that we stick with steadfastly, without glancing off or running away.
Norman Fischer, Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up
My teacher, Sayadaw U Tejaniya talks a lot about viriya (often translated as energy or effort), a key factor (indriya) in one’s spiritual practice, as persistence or perseverance. He also emphasizes the meaning of the word bhavana (meditation) as cultivation.