Guided Insight Meditation Talk
by Thabarwa Sayadaw U Ottamasara
At Chompaka Lodge, Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia
4th March 2012 (evening)
Part - One
We are traditionally using our mind and body with the wrong idea of someone or something. If there is wrong understanding of “I”, our using of life will not be “using-only”. Wrong understanding of someone, something, time and place are always in our mind. That’s why all our mental actions are not doing-only. The way we use our mind is not using-only.
My teaching concerns the truth : “to use-only, to experience-only, to do-only and to know-only”. This truth concerns all the truth, everything, everyone, every time and every place. Because there is wrong understanding of someone or something, all our physical, oral or mental actions are not doing-only.
The truth of doing-only means only action without the wrong idea of someone or something, without grasping to the action of doing or not doing. To do-only is just doing, without wrong understanding of someone or something. All physical, oral and mental actions are, not to be attached to, nor to be rejected, as something. Without forgetting the truth of using-only or doing-only, we must try to remove the idea of something or someone from our mind.
If the idea of something or someone is controlling our action, our action will not be doing-only. Which means, if we are doing with the wrong idea of “I”, there is grasping to the method we are using, grasping to the time and place and grasping to whatever occurs.
Our traditional ability is using mind and body with grasping, grasping as our own mind and our own life. This grasping habit comes from the wrong idea of someone or something. If you do not pay attention to the truth of using-only and experiencing-only, you will practice meditation with attachment to the method, to the time, to the place and to the life we are using. Using the created truth in this way is wrong.
All my teaching concerns to the truth : to use-only, to experience-only, to do-only and to know-only. Doing with the idea of someone or something is not doing-only. Experiencing whatever occurs with the wrong idea of good or bad is not experiencing-only. Using life, time and place with the wrong idea is not using-only. Knowing with “I” or knowing with the wrong idea of something, all our habitual knowing are not knowing.
The idea of someone or something is involving in all our action, in all our experience, in all our knowing. It is quite sure that the idea of someone or something is controlling all our physical, oral and mental actions. To solve this traditional mistake, it is important not to forget the truth of : using-only, experiencing-only, doing-only, knowing-only.
The truth is beyond our understanding. You can not understand this truth by hearing. Only by practice you can understand the opposite situation of using-only, opposite to using with the idea of someone or something; experiencing-only opposite to experiencing with the wrong idea of someone or something; doing-only opposite to doing with the wrong idea of someone or something; knowing-only opposite to knowing with the wrong idea of someone or something.
What we can understand now is only doing with “I”, using with “I”, experiencing with “I”. Because there is the idea of something or someone in our mind, we cannot understand doing-only without the idea of “I”, without the idea of someone; knowing-only without the idea of someone or something.
In fact the idea of “I” is coming along with our action, that’s why our understanding of “I do it”, “I know it” happens. If there is no “I” in the cause, there will be also no “I”, no “someone” in the effect. We know as we see, we see with the idea of “I”, that’s why the idea of “I know” happens.
Wrong understanding of someone or something is always controlling all our actions, not only in practicing meditation but also in our daily life. This is why you should not forget the truth of : to do-only. This right understanding is necessary in anytime anywhere and any situation.
To be continued