A Discourse on the Sallekha Sutta by Mahasi Sayadaw deals mainly with contentment since it is essential to spiritual development. Download. I will gradually improve it. still have many defects.x A Discourse on the Sallekha Sutta A Burmese word used frequently in the Sayādaw’s discourses is the. Sallekha Sutta has 1 rating and 1 review: Published by Buddhadhamma Foundation, pages, Paperback.

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Hence, its superiority over absorption. The queen was greatly surprised because she thought that she was a real girl. Because of the freedom from hindrances and the five varieties of experience that characterise the first absorption, the meditator tends to be elated and conceited.

To sallekna, elaborate discourses with scriptural quotations, examples and analogies are not worthwhile if divorced from practice.

Sallekha Sutta : A Discourse on the Refinement of Character

Unfortunately the child died and the mother was almost beside herself with grief. He had progressed so well in his practice that he was able to teach the method effectively to his first three disciples in Seikkhun while he was on a visit there in Popularity means being liked by other people and speaking inoffensively. Those who cannot practise chastity should avoid illicit sexual acts. He meditated in accordance with the instructions of Dhammadinna and became a real Arahant.

However, this temporary elimination of the ego-illusion does not mean its complete eradication. This is because concentration by itself cannot disvourse out defilements. The life-span there is 1, world-cycles kappa.

He must have had a transcendent experience, it would be beneficial for me to have it, too.

Sallekha Sutta : Mahasi Sayadaw :

Sallwkha to the Commentaries, the quagmire refers to sensual pleasures and a person who loves pleasure is likened to a man sunk in a quagmire. Cakkana caught the rabbit and then he had second thoughts about killing it. This freedom is enjoyed not only while the meditator in absorption, but also just before and just after his attainment of this state of consciousness. On release from hell, they suffer from many diseases wherever they are reborn.


At the request of Dhammadinna, he created a lake and a big lotus flower with a girl dancing and singing sweetly on it. At this sight the queen was deeply shocked. Those who do not practise effacement leading to the elimination of defilements will not hesitate to take life.

Even at the stage of Non-returning, the noble ones are free from attachment to the realm of form and formless realm. Through the practice of mindfulness the meditators realise the three salllekha and attain various stages of insight-knowledge. Such illumination roots out the respective defilements.

Sallekha Sutta: A Discourse on the Refinement of Character by Mahasi Sayadaw

Once he became lifeless, nobody would care for his corpse. You should avoid attachment to your body or to the body of any other person. Although a man does not now commit violence either physically or by speech, he might have committed it in his previous existences and he may commit it in future by force of circumstances. Some women speak of the spirit being scared or seized by the devil.

He will, therefore, have no ill-will, much less the desire to kill. To the instructor and to those around the meditator, this state of consciousness may mean absorption.

There are no meat-sellers, so if people are to be served with meat, an order has to be placed in advance for it.

Sallekha Sutta: A Discourse on the Refinement of Character

I have referred to minor sexual activity for the sake of those who are intent on higher chastity. Some meditators become complacent when they attain absorption. However, in the absence of insight-knowledge of discougse and s, the distinction between them and their three characteristics, such a state may indicate nothing more than deep concentration.


On the other hand, the karmic effect of non-stealing is just the opposite; rebirth in heaven and affluence that is indestructible and enduring on returning to the human world.

At the very least, stealing leads to damage and loss of property.

In fact, even some meditators who practise insight meditation are not free from misconceptions about them. Then the old woman lost her balance, collapsed, and was moaning and panting for breath. The craving for the pleasure of the celestial realms is described as a minor sexual act by the Buddha. At this stage the insight meditation is akin to the fourth absorption with its two attributes of equanimity and one-pointedness. They are characterised by equanimity and one-pointedness.

One who practises effacement as taught by the Buddha will have to observe at least the five precepts. Pride is due to ignorance of the transitory nature of existence. It also raises the question of whether the bhikkhus should eat the meat-curry offered on such occasions. She came out to greet him, but he entered the house quietly instead of going hand-in-hand with her as on other days.

The five aggregates become active when there is contact between the senses and their respective objects. A person who does wholesome deeds will enjoy longevity, good health, beauty and so on. In the case of some meditators, relative freedom from hindrances, joy, and other experience are satisfying enough to give cause for complacency.

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