The Daily Cushion

DIGHA NIKAYA 1 “The Obstacles of Both Criticism & Praise” by Steve Lin “The mendicants told him what had happened, adding, “This was our conversation that was unfinished when the Buddha arrived.”  “Mendicants, if others criticize me, the teaching, or the Saṅgha, don’t make yourselves resentful, bitter, and exasperated.  You’ll get angry and upset, which wouldContinue reading “The Daily Cushion”

The Daily Cushion

“Insights (pañña) Help Deliver From Suffering (dukkha)” by Steve Lin  HemavataThe grasping—what is it thenby which the world’s afflicted?When asked about this, please do speak:how to be free from dukkha?  BuddhaThe sensual pleasures five are taughtin the world with mind as six,having let go of all desire for those,be thus from dukkha free.This for the world’sContinue reading “The Daily Cushion”

The Daily Cushion

“Five Parasites (ajjhāruhā) of the Mind that Weaken Insights & Wisdom (pañña)” by Steve Lin “Mendicants, there are these five obstacles and hindrances, parasites of the mind that weaken wisdom. What five? Sensual desire … Ill will … Dullness and drowsiness … Restlessness and remorse … Doubt … These are the five obstacles and hindrances, parasitesContinue reading “The Daily Cushion”

The Daily Cushion

“Insights Enable Release into Deeper Meditation (Samādhi/Jhana)” by Brad Hunter “Reverend, they speak of a person called ‘freed by wisdom’ (paññavimutti). What is the one freed by wisdom (paññavimutti ) that the Buddha spoke of?” “First, take a mendicant who, quite secluded from sensual pleasures … enters and remains in the first absorption (jhana). And theyContinue reading “The Daily Cushion”

The Daily Cushion

“Insights Lead to Abandoning” by Sumith Siriwardana 10. “With his gaining of insight he abandons three states of mind, namely self-illusion, doubt, and indulgence in meaningless rites and rituals, should there be any. He is also fully freed from the four states of woe, and therefore, incapable of committing the six major wrongdoings. This precious jewelContinue reading “The Daily Cushion”

The Daily Cushion

“Released Through Discernment (Pañña)” by Steve Lin [Udayin:] “‘Released through discernment, released through discernment,’ it is said. To what extent is one described by the Blessed One as released through discernment?” [Ananda:] “There is the case, my friend, where a monk, withdrawn from sensuality, withdrawn from unskillful qualities, enters & remains in the first jhana: raptureContinue reading “The Daily Cushion”

The Daily Cushion

“Insights Help Free The Mind of all Limits and Barriers” by Steve Lin “As long as sentient beings don’t truly understand these six interior sense fields’ gratification, drawback, and escape for what they are, they haven’t escaped from this world—with its gods, Māras, and Brahmās, this population with its ascetics and brahmins, its gods and humans—andContinue reading “The Daily Cushion”