This week we will listen to some more of U Tejania’s talk and explore how it shows up in our practice. I like this style for dealing with the defilements because of its simplicity. In the first half of the talk, I counted 4 things to hold in the back of your mind when faced with a defilement:
- Do not focus to hard: When we focus too hard we are basically generating a lot more entanglement with the defilement. If we can relax the body and mind we will be able to find our way out.
- Have the right attitude/view: These defilements are just natural processes of the mind. They are not me, my or myself. In order to be liberated from the defilements we must be able to see and understand them as they truly are. We cannot do this if we are entangled within the process.
- Just observe whatever is happening: We may not start out observing but the sooner we are able to shift our focus from reacting to observing we are on the way to understanding the nature of the defilement including the release. Observing means releasing our attachment and resistance to the presence of the defilement.
- Remain aware of the presence and absence of the defilement: We want our attention to rest with what is happening not on our beliefs or opinion about it. The more we are simply aware, the stronger our awareness gets and the more the mind learns. Eventually the mind will understand the complete nature of the defilement, including how to prevent its arising.
We don’t actually DO anything – the mind is capable of releasing a defilement and preventing its arising naturally. We have to first learn how to give the mind the space and time to learn what to do. We do that by simply observing – or to put it more bluntly – we stay out of the way! I will see you tomorrow night….