Development of Insight | Ajahn Appichato | 26 April 2020
Good morning everybody on this beautiful Sunny Day in Perth so with this morning talk called. Basset on say the development of Say insight understanding say say like like knowledge deeper knowledge and understanding of say life in the universe when you're looking at the big picture because especially as especially as people that we tend to have more of a say like a big mind principle where instead of just you know running about getting to work coming home watching. Netflix and Youtube and all this type of thing we tend to be Have a much more deeper expansive mentality and perception on a said like humankind and the universe? And so you know when you look at very dedicated. Practitioners within T- Buddhist Christian Muslim and Hindu fraternity. You find that. The vast majority of these people have genuine interest in in developing. You know some Profound understanding of life and the universe. When you you look at history and you look at the many of the very Say Good Quality. High Class Scholars Academics philosophers throughout history You know the the all these people touched on this on these principles on select at least on an irregular basis. Because we know we're looking at like a deep and profound sort higher knowledge of quite an understanding of man's place in the cosmos so this this whole say path and process of insight as many of your way that that the Buddha's teaching you know when you look at all the foundations principles of what the Buddha taught that the actual the apex the Pinnacle Point. Of the teaching is the development of deep wisdom and insight. So you know when you you look at the latest the General Society the practice of the latest generosity Ceelo which is based on at least a five precepts precepts development of Somali. A of stillness shop really shop focusing mindfulness and the development of insights. Your your insight. Your wisdom is at. The Pinnacle is at the Apex of this this pyramid and is supported by all these these principles you know a as as foundation principles with the The police eight full path. So when we look at the development of inside wh- what do we actually made so inside being Celica a very four comprehensive and detailed understanding of say once by internal experience and the external world especially world and the universe around you and so how how does how does the post in know when something is wisdom or deep inside or where or when it's just proliferation and Corporately cook and just complete nonsense. Yeah because some people very very smart very very sharp with the with the chat you know and They can be very elegant eloquent They can be. You know a mean fantastic speakers and Or raters and these. These particular schools and qualities certainly have Have value for anyone who's GonNa like a teaching or management So position running a company could be anything whatsoever. Were you need you know? Very very shop. Communication and Say Teaching leadership skills. So so what's the difference between wisden inside? And just you know philosophical babble stuff which which really which you know we really like sounds good sounds impressive but but you know how. How do we know that that post has actually got the goods and another person is able to talk the talk but not walk the walk and so any person where the slightest sample or monastics and and specifically with say light light teachers as well because they like you know sort of like halfway between The light protect lay practitioners and the monastics because they have to dedicate far more time with the practicing teaching people like leadership Position of trust and and and whatnot so people expect them to keep a A high standard. They expect them to have a deeper understanding of of On practice or problems and difficulties had to leave once. Live and So you know how do we know? So you know we we have. We have domestics we have the life fraternity. We have light teachers. And so how? How do we know what is wisdom? And what is just very very like shop profound. Say say babble in a sense and one one thing you see is you know. Wisdom wisdom shines itself in in in action. You know the you know to to know surface amplifer person has really has been a wisdom has some real understanding of of one's life of the path you actually seed in action so as the person walks and talks You know the way the way they the way they explain things the way they they they. They live with the morality especially with the five precepts. You in anyone who has any real wisdom at all Tends to be careful with their Their precepts because the wisdom faculty permeates all the major principles. All your thirty seven lightman factors which make up the path. I in in in in total. So you know so when we talk about wisdom we talking about like wisdom in action you know as if a if a person conveys that sense of a that sense of of impression You know you just you just watch the way. The person walks and talks and the way they lead Their life and so we see them in action and so with when we when we see As developing a especially with the meditate is because PM. People you know you you can't people who meditate on a regular basis and they do become naturally reflective of time. Because as you as you do meditation everyday makes you more shop. More moral Increases your sensory awareness your intuition and your sensitivity to what's going on around you meditators tend to be quite sensitive people and and And anyone who's been meditating for several years. They tend to feel their way with other people. I tend to feel the relationships With With their family and friends this young lady who rolled up At the monastery yesterday and She bought a substantial amount of food for the for the community For the meal and this young lady the what the why as we as we chit chatting in the end I asked to. You know to to work in community services because the level of Say that the the quality of the of the communication and engagement was like really good very very good interpersonal skills key connecting with people very very well and And I just autumn Alto this personal social worker Their nurse there a welfare worker Maybe possibly could possibly be working to prison system and whatnot. Yeah some community based support unemployment and this one was working the mental health Sam Fraternity but it was something which really really stood out and being a practicing bullets team. Also so you know as we say for example as we develop Al On a on a daily basis you know we we we do this because you need somebody to give your yourself to the sharpness and the awareness tuition For the development of inside you know might say for example. My father doesn't meditate at all. But he's really into contemplation and he's done an incredible amount of study and research and he's constantly reading and Studying journals and this and that and when he got his Internet access he was just over the moon because everyone knows everyone must. Everything's on the Internet and he was able to study. You know all his major say military and political and economic issues in great detail it be taken particular subject and he would study it thoroughly for you know for you know maybe for at least one or two hours a day for seven days straight and then get this very very fool. Comprehensive like all round knowledge and understanding of the The subject that the that he was looking at it's It's very very similar with the the the Buddhist practitioner as well that you know when we're talking about wasting with Talkin Bout like all round knowledge. So whatever you know if we go through a particular mood or personal experience with someone or something comes up from the hospital even be some heavy issue. We want to develop full knowledge to the best of all ability about the experience at hand so You a person may have a particular significant experience in their life that they have to work with. Oh they need to say comments in in in a major way so they may be reflecting on. This may be at least once twice three times a day and especially the meditate because it it gives you that age as far as contemplation. Some some people can. Do you know like my father. He's very very good. Investigation is going to incredible knowledge base. And you know he can. Just you can just wipe the floor with me when it comes to military political economic issues because I'm online internet. Maybe briefly maybe one or two hours. Maybe roughly every week or so You know because it will. All of you are well aware. You know you can just spend your whole life you know in front of a A Computer and You know the vast majority was done you know. Don't have that time to wasting. Our time is just like slipping through our fingers. Eta speak so you know but some people In a category in the general public can develop very had to go to the mall with Pasadena based you know they they. They like to think and reflect and investigate and and and they they they amassed is incredible knowledge Bison and they they they sifting through an and checking and and clarifying and verifying all these different things that they learned and then they they coming over time as a stay with the investigation they come closer and closer and closer to the heart of the matter or to the true essence of that particular subject. They looking at because as all of you know any particular subject may have could have possibly easily ten even twelve. You know Potential angles to approach from you can have one subject you know with ten or twelve different modes of Understanding Own Investigation That we use In order to get this like all round knowledge around Knowing and an understanding of a a a a particular experience because you know e- so in essence wisdom will bring you listen and true inside will bring you closer to the true reality of what we're going through or what we see Is happening with other people in other parts of the world. Even on the level of of a satellite Kosmos the universe could be anything whatsoever could be something connected with the the the Hubble Telescope in relation to maybe some new galaxy. And and you know 'cause I mean put a deep talk about these things in a in a small way In the sutras. You know things like that you ration- you know the the the duration of The the cycle of the of the university expansion contraction of university the lifespans of of these highly Very high heavenly beings and Dave. Dave Logan. The brahma loco walls and and So very very profound things but as the Buddha said that you know what I've actually taught you is is is just like a handful of leaves in my hand compared to this great forest in front of you and say what what the Buddhist teaching you is essentially the essence what you need to know in order to penetrate through to ultimate reality and because you know every single every single one of us who is practicing you know the Party and that's what we really have to. I aim for in its final seclusion. The you know the the the the pass The the main point the end point of the Buddhist part is very deep profound wisdom and insight which breaks the cycle of rebirth gives you a very profound understanding of the enlightenment stages and what What say deformities what fetters? What any of the ten fetters. Which lifted the mind and so many of you know the Soda Has Eliminates Free Fitters at the first level of of awakening. And then you see an attenuation reduction of of of The fetus as you move out to scale so so you in essence that That would be the point of the the the police path you know deep profound Understanding of the human mind human condition and And I I was reading some material on a particular lady She gave me a stick with her life story. I should read a book and not just the level of difficulty and suffering of this particular person and I mean I just really just you know like other the talk and but in essence that the the you know because of comic especially because Commerce incredibly complicated and people funding can find themselves in criminal. They can be very good people. Very good heartened. Wholesome people therm underlying Good qualities but the day lives can be. Just a nightmare can be almost horrendous But nobody you know when it comes to come. People don't get unlucky. You essentially the vast majority of the time Ninety eight ninety nine percent of the time you you know you get what you deserve for both good and for bad so if you see a very very good person and they live is just As just a nightmare. It's just stop horrendous. At that point in time that posen is basically bearing the fruits of bad actions in the in the past but they born goodhart born in a difficult situation but when people go through difficulties in life is is one of the crew and one of the very old enlightened masters from Thailand. Said that if you if you go through a particular very difficult experience and this experience thousand kill you it. It just makes you buy physically and psychologically stronger because with with human beings that if life is just full of happiness and place and love and and fantastic relationships with other people and and you know lovely homes and Foss cars and great health and and and children and friends and this and that we don't necessarily learn an incredible degree with that kind of experience but when we have a mix of both good and bad or some people's lives of very difficult it actually if forces you it it forces you to develop it forces you to reflect them. You're live and to find a way out of problems and difficulties and try to improve things because you know with the with with with the this is something that the Buddha mentioned in the Ceuta's that with the pass you know we say for example with the underlying unease the underlying difficulty of the the human condition that it either leads to display the human condition in the long term. Because this is not. We're not it's not like You know he's not a bit of roses you know. We're looking at a at a mix of both good and bad and neutral experience but But but in in essence that the the path you know the human condition will either can potentially lead to despair or it leads to a sense of search. Where you you try to find a way out to improve the the circumstances that urine And and Yes so you know to essentially to charter develop some rule Say like in happiness stability security Good Quality T- A better quality of life. You know people don't people the vast majority of the human race orientate towards happiness. Joy could relationships You know financial security material security Fantastic children if you've if you've gotten all the all the all these things that we spy to it Within the Human Rome you know this. What the vast majority of the population want but with all of us. Because you know you've got thousands and thousands hundreds of thousands of lifetimes comma behind you but be bidding essence here in a loose term. Say roughly about the last. You know essence like if you if you really want to be more specific like the last ten lifetimes will have probably a greater bearing of your life than than previous. Say Ninety if you're looking at last hundred lifetimes to last ten will have a significant impact on your current Raper so I mean every single one of us we have this responsibility it. It doesn't matter how smart you are. How simple you are you had situations in Thailand way. You had Croutons old you know. The the the old masters the old forest masters who who attained you know to the highest levels of the enlightenment stages the fourth level of enlightenment as our hunts you know some of these people male and female didn't even have a third or fourth grade primary school education and these people went on to be fully enlightened. Dama masters of Meditation and Dhamma and So so in essence a especially in Western society if these people who barely literate can do this thin and then the vast majority of the population if we really put our minds to it. We can do this as well. It's IT'S A it's a matter of. It's a matter of effort and and and and say like like wise consideration. You know you you know you've got the road map you know. You know exactly what you need to do. You know the direction you need to Move in and you essentially you put in In the work in The principle of this is something that the crew brought. John's really really stress is like Suttie. Mindfulness the development of mindfulness and wisdom in daily life. Which people if you look at all the major principles of of of them when you have mined from this shop mind from this and wisden guiding the path from start to finish those two factors those two factors in a nutshell they can. They can watch over and assists and make adjustments with all the other factors of the part because the primary two primary factors and they can watch over the whole development of the part in a major way. So you know even even if you're a person who's you know he just doesn't want to study to an incredible degree you interested in in you know you you try to keep the five precepts You to a little bit of meditation may be at least five minutes a day You know try to. You know to live a quality life that those two principles you keep those in mind on a regular basis and now it will take you a long way with the development of the path so I'll make a stop and then we'll start with a meditation. Practice will meditate for say. Say Fifteen minutes fifteen minutes and what would do a Do the The the Burmese the Burmese Tummy Tummy Meditation with you. You focus on the the abdomen and as as the as the abdomen rises in full you watched the sensations in the in the in the solar plexus obesity as the as the the the abdomen rises and falls. You just watch all those those feelings. Disincentive those sensations. And the reason why this is useful in the sense because when people are under stress and they get very emotionally charged or they start to lock up emotions in the body the people can really feel it in the in the or the the got soy especially in they chest the chest area say the whole chester is a very very broad focus. It takes a lot longer to get peaceful with that. But if you've got heavy heavy emotional stuff and you breathe in. Through the the into the chest of forty s from the throat to the belly button you can actually ventilate and you can shift very very strong difficult emotions from that area just through this kind of like a like an an a a pure awareness sensitivity and RELEA- and being aware of feeling sensation and releasing feeling and a vast majority of lock up emotions in the chest and the abdomen. But we'll focus on the abdomen this morning because it's a much more sharp precise on area of focus. At least you know so at least you can see some some say so. Just get yourself in a comfortable position with your try to keep your your Your legs crossed in your hands together. Your back straight you know. Make sure that you've got nothing tied around the throat. The risk the the waist. And so you can breathe fully fully into the chest and have the head upright and comfortable and just focus on that feeling so as you as you sit comfortably. Just relax the physical body to the best of your ability. Relax you especially shoulders around the shoulders. The neck and relax you know the the the knees and the pelvis and the Ankle's get yourself nice and comfy and just breathe in to the belly you know I want you to feel the billy feel all the feelings sensations in the belly section and with this you can help relax the whole physical body as well. So we'll do that for the next twenty minutes. Central Tool Hugh Through the session so as you breathe into the abdomen. Try to relax the BA- the belly as much as possible and relax the physical body as much as possible so as you breathe in to the belly. Section take long slow relaxed deep rates to maximize the dips or the meditation. So as you breathe into the abdomen just SOC- if you are aware of any Say tension or painful feelings or changes in temperature because this can actually have something to do with your partly energy with your Chee With the circulation of you or you know with your CEO. Your your emotional Makeup us will say you know as you know with the covered Nineteen or under Far More stress than we usually are In different ways. So you know this you may actually feel it. this This Extra stress that we're under at this time in the in the muscles and tendons ligaments in the The abdominal area. So as you develop some some real focus and Some stillness of mind if you have any Very strong emotions or any issues. Coming up now is the time to contemplate. The purpose of Samadi is for the development of wisdom not just for the forgetting peaceful and happy and joyful the high purposes wisdom as you this particular experience that you may have on wants you to try to understand it on emotional level you know what what is the quality of this feeling who is connected with you know the circumstances and why at what time and for how long and how it affects you you know sort of approach it from many many different angles. You know there's more than one way to skin a cat so you could approach a particular experience from maybe a dozen angles from maybe You know half a dozen no no trouble And try to develop this full knowledge. This full understanding of the of person of particular personal experience. Because when you do you have the ability. You have the you know. Because you have to teach yourself in impetus practice especially meditation You when when obstacles come up with problems and difficulties come up. You actually have to teach us because the mind in itself is is only has this this pure wariness at its most intrinsic level that the mind is not born wisdom. You actually have to teach yourself over the years over the lifetime to a free lifetimes before you break through so reflect on a particular experience explorer as deeply as you possibly can and And to see some significant results to see some real relaxation letting go Forgiveness compassion and whatnot You may have to do this. Probably several times a day and And try to develop these all round knowledge of Ovalles particular experience that you're going through so we come to the end of decision and a ring. The bill three times. And you can open your eyes when you're ready Ooh ooh okay. So thanks for joining us this morning and have a wonderful day.