Our journey was a pilgrimage. We visited several places of worship in
order to recollect the Buddha�s virtues and the virtues of the
arahats who lived in Sri Lanka and had practised satipa��h�na until
all defilements were eradicated. Khun Sujin encouraged us to keep on
studying realities and developing satipatth�na. �It never is enough,
it never is enough until one has attained arahatship�, she said.
In Anur�dhapura we stayed in the Government Agent�s residence, a
peaceful place with trees all around it, in the old city of
Anur�dhapura. His house is within walking distance of the
�Ruvanvelis�ya�, the great stupa (dagaba) which King Dutthag�man�
started to build. Relics of the Buddha have been enshrined in this
stupa. It is illuminated every night and there are always people
walking around it and reciting stanzas. We visited the stupa several
times and on one occasion, while we were walking around it, Khun
Sujin spoke to our hostess about satipatth�na. She reminded us to be
mindful of only one reality at a time, as it appears through one of
the six doors. We should not mix up the six doorways. We cannot know
visible object and tangible object, a reality appearing through the
bodysense, at the same time. She said: �When a reality appears, it
does so only through one doorway. Leave the other doorways alone.�
Don�t we try to think of many �things� instead of being aware now?
While walking on the stone precincts around the stupa, one may form
up the idea of floor. That shows that there is no mindfulness.
Throught the eyes only visible object appears, through the bodysense
hardness may appear. If we do not mix up the different doorways, we
shall find out that there is in reality no floor; there are only
different n�mas and r�pas which appear one at a time.
We are inclined to take seeing and other realities for permanent.
Khun Sujin reminded us:
�Each reality which appears falls away. The hardness now is not the
same as hardness a moment ago. Seeing now is not the same as seeing a
moment ago. If we think that it is the same it shows that there is no
Khun Sujin remarked:
�If sati is not accumulated now, it is not possible to attain
enlightenment. Enlightenment can be attained. In the Buddha�s time
many attained it. The development of sati is very natural; it is not
too difficult if we are not forgetful. But when sati does not arise,
we should not have regret. When regret appears there can be
mindfulness even of regret.�
While one walks around the stupa and different realities are
�studied�, the past time when arahats walked here and taught
satipatth�na seems very near. They were never forgetful of realities.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]