By Ayya Khema
During this lucid vintage, loved instructor Ayya Khema introduces the reader to the essence of the Buddhist course. She addresses the how and why of meditation, supplying a transparent framework for figuring out the character of karma and rebirth and the whole thing of the eightfold direction. With particular, useful recommendation Ayya Khema illuminates the practices of compassion and sympathetic pleasure and gives forthright information in operating with the stumbling blocks that all of us come upon in meditation. Few introductory books are either basic and profound. Being no one, Going Nowhere is either.
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We are fighting a lost cause. It舗s impossible. Nobody can keep the pleasant feelings. Nobody can permanently get rid of the unpleasant ones. As one gets older 舒 as some of you may have noticed 舒 the body has more unpleasant feelings than it used to have. Nobody is exempt. It舗s the law of nature. Death is certain and very often connected with very unpleasant feelings. But these unpleasant feelings are not confined to old age and death. The youngest, strongest people have unpleasant physical feelings and unpleasant emotional feelings.
But she was also one of the few fully ordained Western Buddhist nuns and wrote scores of books on Buddhist meditation. Despite all this, in person, she was not awe inspiring. I think she did not see herself that way, and she did nothing to create an aura around her, although she was never shy about acknowledging her spiritual accomplishments. I always enjoyed her company and felt happy in her presence. Although she was my mother舗s age, she reminded me of my grandmother, another small round woman from Europe who had seen the world turn upside down.
It can talk about any subject and it can see any side of the subject. It舗s an accepted debating technique to talk first about the advantages of a subject and then turn around and debate its contrary aspects. Any mind can do it. Our minds can slip this way and that. 舡 No! Use the arising of feeling as another way to insight. Feeling is our basis for living. The way we react comes through the contact we make through our senses. We see, we hear, we taste, we smell, we touch, and, of course, we also think.
Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path by Ayya Khema