17 August 2012

Guided Insight Meditation Talk at Chompaka Lodge, Part - Two

Guided Insight Meditation Talk by Venerable Sayadaw U Ottamasara
At Chompaka Lodge, Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia
On Saturday, 4th March 2012

Part - Two

There are a lot of misunderstandings and wrong views in our mind. Constant awareness of use-only will make our mind free from all wrong understanding. Our mind, body and our life, all are to use-only. Using it with the idea of “my own life” is wrong. We are traditionally using our life with wrong understanding.

Following the middle way is correcting the traditional mistake. If the right understanding of use-only, experience-only is controlling all our actions, than all our actions will be doing-only. All the knowing will be knowing-only. Whatever happens, good or bad, will be experiencing-only. In fact all the created truth are changing all the time.

Grasping to the situation as being good or bad, right or wrong, and liking or disliking is wrong. All the changes of created truth are to be experienced-only, to use-only. If you understand the truth of using-only, you will not reject the created truth. If there is no wrong view of someone, something, time and place, there will be no attachment. Rejecting and attaching to the created truth is wrong. Reminding the truth of experience-only, do-only, know only will enable us not to reject nor attach to the created truth.

Created truth must be only on the side of subject and the truth of use-only, experience-only, do-only, know only must be on the side of object. In this way, you will be able to use the created truth in the right way. I am introducing about the truth of use-only, experience only, do-only, know-only, which are concerned with all created truth.  

We are traditionally using the created truth without the right understanding about it. That mean we are using the created truth in the wrong way that’s why there is no end, whatever we do, whatever we know and in practicing meditation also there is grasping to this method or that method. We can do nothing without grasping, without the wrong idea of “I” and “you”, someone or something. Only the truth of use-only, experience-only, do-only and know-only can solve this problem.  

It is necessary not to forget the truth of use-only, use-only mean using only, there is no rejecting nor attaching, using only without wrong view of someone or something.

This practice intend to improve your understanding skills.  The truth is beyond something or someone, beyond time and place.  The human intelligence that we are using is not enough to understand beyond something or someone.  We are used to accept what we understand.

This practice intends to believe the truth of what we cannot understand. Helping people, keeping precepts and practicing meditation is necessary, but in all these actions of good deeds, not forgetting the truth of ’use-only’ is important.  If there is attachment to the method we are using, all our practice will be blindly repeating the same method.  Constant awareness of use-only is necessary in order to make the attachment to the created truth less and less.  

Understanding or not understanding my teaching is not important.  To be free from the attachment to the situation of understanding or not is important.  If there is attachment in your understanding and in not understanding, you are not using understanding and not understanding in the right way.  Our intelligence is not complete enough to understand what is really important. 

The teaching is over now.

Let’s share our merits.

May all the merits we have done until now be dedicated to all beings, may all beings rejoice and share our merits.


Recorded by Sibylle Bonu
@ Sayalay Daw Khema