Sacca Dhamma and Middle Way
Teachings of ThaBarWa Sayadaw U Ottamasara
Mogok, 2nd February 2014
When I practice meditation I listen not only Mogok Sayadaw but also other Sayadaws. Beside this I practice as I know so I came to realize about each teacher and his teachings. So you should try to do like this. Try to collect English teachings from various teachers and try to practice their teachings also. In this way you will understand about the teacher and their method.
My teaching can combine with every teaching. I can teach only what is the most important. Because of my weakness in language, I cannot teach every single detail. What I can do help not to miss the target. In order to be able to teach in detail, I must learn a lot. it is also very useful .
Most of the meditators are using their eyes but they don’t understand. They don’t know that it is necessary to stop or to abandon using their eyes. If you are not trying to abandon using your eyes, you are using your eyes with attachment. It is necessary to abandon all the attachments. This is also abandoning our own practice. To be doing-only without attachment.
You can use your mind and also your eyes but in order to be using-only, try to abandon using your eyes. It is possible to do like this. Try to control using your eyes. Eyes are also the window of your mind. If you want to control your mind you should also try to control your eyes. In this way you will be able to control your mind.
Mind is very difficult to control but controlling the eyes is not so difficult but you must practice a lot. We are using our eyes to see something or someone, or somewhere or sometime. That can be stopped.
Try to detach from something or someone. Try to detach from time and place. You can open your eyes but in order to be using-only. Try to control your eyes ... not for something, not for someone, just for using-only.
We are always looking for something or someone. And because we are not abandoning doing like this, we are using our eyes with attachment. Attachment for something or someone. Attachment to time and place.
When you drive a car you can make the gear in a free line, not 1, 2, 3, 4 … so also when you use your mind or your eyes, it is possible to use freely, to be using-only; not for something, not for someone, not for time and not for place. This is using our eyes and mind freely, or using-only. This is also trying to detach from the idea of something or someone. We must try to abandon all what we are doing.
In order to be doing-only, using-only, experiencing-only, the power of abandonment is necessary. You have problem with the food because you cannot abandon your habits. In order to solve that problem try to abandon your physical, oral and mental actions. This is also saving the abandoning power.
If abandoning power is stronger you will be able to abandon being hungry for the food. Because there is attachment there is problem. If there is no attachment, no problem. There is problem in everyone because of attachment.
Nobody causes problem, only attachment causes problem. This is why the practice of mindfulness and detachment is necessary for everyone. You must be mindful of each of your action and we must try to detach from what we are doing.
Question : I had an injury on the knee few months ago, now because of sitting long time in the car without stretching my legs, when I am sitting I get strong pain again…should I try not to move or considering the pain comes form injury should I stop sitting?
Sayadaw : Your pain comes from ... you are suffering from the pain because you pay attention to that pain. Try to abandon your mental action of paying attention to what is happening. If you can abandon your habit or if you can control your mind you will not suffer.
Whatever good or bad experience is to use-only, not to be grasped, not to be rejected nor to be attached to it but to be using-only, to be experiencing-only. What you are practicing now can solve that problem of pain. There is nothing to do. Try to do what you must do and it can solve all the problems. I have a lot of experience with other meditators.
If you can control your mind there won’t be any problem. If you cannot control your mind there will be problem.