The Daily Cushion

📜 The Digh Nikaya 5

“Sotapañña: Marks of Stream-Entry for Enlightenment” by Steve Lin

👉🏾 “And when he (The Buddha) knew that Kūṭadanta’s mind was…

📌 … ready, pliable, rid of hindrances, joyful, and confident he explained the special teaching of the Buddhas: suffering, its origin, its cessation, and the path.

👉🏾 Just as a clean cloth rid of stains would properly absorb dye, in that very seat the stainless, immaculate vision of the Dhamma arose in the brahmin Kūṭadanta: “Everything that has a beginning has an end.”

👉🏾 Then Kūṭadanta …

📌 …saw, attained, understood, and fathomed the Dhamma. He went beyond doubt, got rid of indecision, and became self-assured and independent of others regarding the Teacher’s instructions.”

Please read and listen to the full Sutta for our series study.

https://suttacentral.net/dn5/en/sujato

📜 THREE INSIGHTS FROM SUTTA SECTION

📜 THREE INSIGHTS FROM SUTTA SECTION

📌 To become a sotāpanna (stream-entry), the mind must be mind was ready, pliable, rid of hindrances, joyful, and confident

📌 It is essential to understand and have confidence in the special teaching of the Buddhas: suffering, its origin, its cessation, and the path.“Just as a clean cloth rid of stains would properly absorb dye, in that very seat the stainless, immaculate vision of the Dhamma arose in the brahmin Kūṭadanta: ‘Everything that has a beginning has an end.’”

📌 The condition of the mind determines the stream-entry…“… saw, attained, understood, and fathomed the Dhamma. He went beyond doubt, got rid of indecision, and became self-assured and independent of others regarding the Teacher’s instructions.”

🙏 THREE TIPS FROM SUTTA FOR MEDITATION

📌 Regular contemplate the “Four Noble Truths” about Dukkha suffering, its origin of craving , its ability for cessation, and the noble path.

📌 Train the mind to be “ready, pliable, rid of hindrances, joyful, and confident in the sutta teachings”.

📌 Train the mind to let go of doubt, get rid of indecision, and become self-assured and independent of others.

🙏 PREPARATION FOR GUIDED MEDITATION

🧘🏽‍♂️‍ MEDITATION PLACE

📌 Find a comfortable place that is quiet to sit and meditate with few interruptions and distractions to the senses.

👉 RELAX

📌 After sitting comfortably on a cushion or pillow or floor, place hands in lap and close the eyes.

👉 TRIPLE GEM (1-2 min)

📌 Prepare the mind and concentration by taking “Refuge in the Triple Gem”.

📌 Visualize each one in the mind (as an object) and generate faith and warm feelings with each one. Don’t rush this.

📌 I take refuge in The Buddha.

📌 I take refuge in The Dhamma.

📌 I take refuge in The Sangha.

👉 SATIPATTHĀNA WARM UP (3-5 min)

📌 “The Breath”

📌 Begin to focus in the breathing without attaching or stressing about it. Just relax and observe the breath.

📌 As you breath in… observe it and release.

📌 As you breath out… observe it and release.

📌 Observing the rhythm of the breath is essential to relax the body and to practice releasing.

📌 Use the out breath to practice releasing.

📌 Relaxed smiling is good to use to help relax.

📌 I often will use the phrase “Peace” (in breath)

📌 “Release” (our breath)

📌 Continue observing breathing until it becomes very subtle or almost unnoticeable.👉 SATIPATTHĀNA WARM UP (3-5 min)

📌 “The Body”

📌 As the breath fades, the mind relaxes, the body also begins to relax.

📌 Observe the body as a (body) form. It’s not self, but only a shell (, that temporarily supports consciousness.

📌 As observing, the body, let the breath and body fade.

👉 SATIPATTHĀNA WARM UP (3-5 min)

📌 “The Mind”

📌 As the breath fades and the body relaxes, the mind tends to become active or stay busy.

📌 As thoughts arise, don’t engage with them. Observe them and then let them fade.

📌 They will rise and they will fall unless there is engagement to feed the thoughts.

🧘🏾‍♂️ SELF-GUIDED MEDITATION

📌 Observe readiness and pliability of the mind and smile with this mind condition… giving thanks

📌 Observe the doubt conditions of the mind… doubts in The Buddha, doubts In The Dhamma Sutta teachings, doubts in The Sangha

📌 Let “insights arise” about these doubts

📌 Observe the confidence and faith in The Buddha, doubts In The Dhamma Sutta teachings, doubts in The Sangha

📌 Let “insights arise” about this confidence

📌 Let go of doubt and embrace the confidence in the Triple Gem

📌 Observe conditions of the mind that’s associated with Dukkha suffering

📌 Observe conditions of the mind that’s associated with cravings leading to Dukkha suffering

📌 Observe conditions of the mind leading to the ending of craving and Dukkha

📌 Observe mind conditions that support daily practice of the Eightfold Path that ends Craving and Dukkha suffering.

📌 Contemplate the marks of the Sotapanna Stream-entry“A person who has seen the Dhamma and consequently, has dropped the first three fetters (Pāli: samyojana, Sanskrit: saṃyojana) that

1. bind a being to rebirth, namely self-view (sakkāya-ditthi),

2. clinging to rites and rituals (sīlabbata-parāmāsa), and

3. skeptical indecision (Vicikitsa).”

📌 Contemplate a mind that leans towards these three marks

📌 Give thanks and smile

RESOURSE: “Into the Stream” by Thanissaro Bhikkhu https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/into_the_stream.pdf

Listen to the full sutta by Bhanta Candana

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