Empty Equanimity ... !!!
How is Release by Equanimity Achieved?
The Blessed Buddha once said:
And how, Bhikkhus, is release of mind by total Equanimity (Upekkha)
achieved? What does this liberation have as its destination, what is
its culmination, what is its sweet fruit, and what is the ultimate goal
of mental release by universally neutral & imperturbable Equanimity?
Here, Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading the frontal quadrant,
with a mind imbued with infinite Equanimity, so the second quarter,
the third quarter, and the fourth quarter. As above, so below, across,
and everywhere, and to all beings so to himself, he dwells pervading
the entire universe with a mind saturated with unlimited Equanimity,
immense, exalted, measureless, without hostility, without any enmity,
without any ill will! Thus prepared and expanded he then develops:
1: The Awareness Link to Awakening joined with limitless Equanimity.
2: The Investigation Link to Awakening fused with such Equanimity.
3: The Energy Link to Awakening together with infinite Equanimity.
4: The Joy Link to Awakening accompanied with absolute Equanimity.
5: The Tranquillity Link to Awakening linked with serene Equanimity.
6: The Concentration Link to Awakening associated with Equanimity.
7: The Equanimity Link to Awakening joined with endless Equanimity.
Based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.
If he then wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in any unrepulsive & tempting,
then he can dwell experiencing repulsiveness therein. If he wishes:
May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in any disgusting & repulsive,
then he dwells experiencing pleasing beauty in whatever disgusting!
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive, he dwells experiencing repulsive disgust in it.
If he wishes: May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive, he experiences only unrepulsive beauty by it!
If he wishes: Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I
dwell in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending, then he
dwells in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending! Or else,
completely transcending the realm of infinitude of consciousness,
only aware that there is nothing, he enters & dwells in the sphere of
the void, empty & vacuous nothingness.. I tell you Bhikkhus for a wise
Bhikkhu here, who has not yet penetrated to an even more superior
mental release, the mental release by imperturbable Equanimity has
the sphere of the nothingness as its culmination!
Source of reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya.
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