THE DAILY CUSHION

📜 DIGHA NIKAYA 11 – Kevaṭṭa Sutta

“The Ending of Name (mind) & Form (body)” by Steve Lin

” When he said this, I said to him:

‘Once upon a time, mendicant, some sea-merchants set sail for the ocean deeps, taking with them a land-spotting bird. When their ship was out of sight of land, they released the bird. It flew right away to the east, the west, the north, the south, upwards, and in-between. If it saw land on any side, it went there and stayed. But if it saw no land on any side it returned to the ship.

 In the same way, after failing to get an answer to this question even after searching as far as the Brahmā realm, you’ve returned to me.

Mendicant, this is not how the question should be asked: “Sir, where do these four primary elements cease without anything left over, namely, the elements of earth, water, fire, and air?”

This is how the question should be asked:

“Where do water and earth,
fire and air find no footing;
where do long and short,
fine and coarse, beautiful and ugly;
where do name (nama)and form (rupa)
cease with nothing left over?”

And the answer to that is:

“Consciousness that’s invisible,
infinite, radiant all round.
Here’s where water and earth,
fire and air find no footing;
here’s where long and short,
fine and coarse, beautiful and ugly;
here’s where name (nama) and form (rupa)
cease with nothing left over—
with the cessation of consciousness,
that’s where this ceases.”’”

That is what the Buddha said. Satisfied, the householder Kevaddha was happy with what the Buddha said.

– Last section of the sutta

📌 FULL SUTTA IN YOUTUBE:

👉🏽https://www.youtube.com/playlist…
👉🏾 The section of the study is (1:10) in YouTube.

📌 FULL SUTTA- https://suttacentral.net/dn11/en/sujato

📜 THREE INSIGHTS FROM SUTTA

📌 Kevaddha and others wanted to know how to end rebirth of the body elements.

📌 Even Brahma and the divine realms didn’t know.

📌 The Buddha teaches that it’s not only about body (four elements) to end, it’s about mind & body together. This is a portion of the“dependent origination” steps he teaches.

👉🏾 Ending rebirth (NĀMARŪPA) requires the ending of consciousness (viññāna). This is why meditation practice is essential.

😌 TIPS FOR MEDITATION

👉🏽 Contemplate … that “ending rebirth can only happen in the mind” by ending ignorance and sankhara mind conditions.

👉🏽 Review & contemplate the order of “Dependent Origination” and how ignorance and sankhara mind conditions are causes of consciousness.

👉🏽 Use meditation time to observe and release those things that are fueling and contributing to consciousness.

🙏 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, a rupa, 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.

👉 TRIPLE GEM (1-2 min)

📌 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

👉🏽 Contemplate kamma (intentions) are a cause to mind conditions (sankhara).

👉🏽 Contemplate reduction of kamma (intentions), especially wrongful or ignoble actions of intention

👉🏽 Observe ignorance & sankhara mind conditions that fuel mind consciousness…

👉🏽 Observe the way consciousness fuels “Nāmarūpa” (mind/body).

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