Re: [dsg] Re: Way 32, Comm, Breathing
- Hi Christine,
Yes "bhikkhu" includes us. See Way 20:
Further, when that highest kind of person, the bhikkhu, is reckoned, the
rest too are reckoned, as in regard to a royal procession and the like,
when the king is reckoned, by the reckoning of the king, the retinue is
reckoned. Also the word "bhikkhu" was used by the Buddha to point out
the bhikkhu-state through practice of the teaching in this way: "He who
practices this practice of the Arousing of Mindfulness is called a
bhikkhu." He who follows the teaching, be he a shining one [deva] or a
human, is indeed called a bhikkhu. Accordingly it is said:
"Well-dressed one may be, but if one is calm,
Tamed, humble, pure, a man who does no harm
To aught that lives, that one's a brahman true.
An ascetic and mendicant too."
L: I think this quote addresses the tenor of the rest of your
characterization as well. In this section we are being advised to
seclude ourself away from worldly distractions for the purpose of taming
the mind by tieing that mind "to the post of the object of
mindfulness-arousing with the rope of remembrance."
I think the general flavour of the commentary, so far, has been one of
accomodating different kinds of people with different kinds of practice.
Although the practice is always only satipatthana. So I think it is up
to us to see what fits and to see the common thread.
Happy New Year, Larry
- Thanks for this Larry, :-)
Happy New Year to you and yours,
--- In email@example.com, LBIDD@w... wrote:
> I think the general flavour of the commentary, so far, has been one
> accomodating different kinds of people with different kinds of
> Although the practice is always only satipatthana. So I think it is
> to us to see what fits and to see the common thread.
> Happy New Year, Larry