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On one occasion, the Blessed One was staying at Sàvatthi and taught the monks: “Bhikkhus, I will teach you the dharma-door leading to peace and freedom from the yoke of suffering.

Happiness or suffering depends on the practice of mastering the six senses

What is the method leading to peace, from suffering and yoke?

There are, bhikkhus, forms cognizable by the eye that are pleasant, enticing, connected with sensual pleasures, and attractive. These rupas have been cut off by the Tathagata, cut off from the roots, made like the trunk of a tala tree, making it impossible to be reborn, unable to arise in the future. Therefore, the Tathagata is called one who is secure, free from suffering and yoke. Monks, there are sounds… These dharmas have been cut off by the Tathagata, cut off from the roots, made like the trunk of a tala tree, making it impossible to be reborn, unable to arise in the future. Therefore, the Tathagata is called one who is secure, free from suffering and yoke.

This, bhikkhus, is the dharma door leading to peace, freedom from suffering and yoke, the right dharma door.

(DTKVN, The Compendium of the IV, chapter 1, chapter Peace, from sufferings and yoke, section on People who are secure, from sufferings and yoke, Religious Publishing House, 2001, p.149)

Comments:

Buddhist scripture there are innumerable dharma practices. Depending on the basis, karma and living situation of each person, choose an appropriate method. Just as hundreds of rivers flow down to the sea, so all the dharma teachings preached by the Buddha descend towards liberation and Nirvana. In this Dharma talk, the World-Honored One introduced a simple but extremely effective practice that is contemplating right in the six senses to master mind and body and get rid of afflictions, attain peace, from suffering and yoke.

The six senses are mastering the six senses when in contact with the six objects of the world. When the eyes see forms, the ears hear sounds, the nose smells odors, the tongue tastes flavors, the body touches and the thoughts come… often accompanied by a discriminating mind and an attitude of love and hate. And all desires, suffering, and consequences in life also come from here. The problem is, how can the eyes still see and the ears hear without being dominated by seeing and hearing?

It is mindfulness and awareness (knowing clearly) when the eyes see form, the ear hears sound is an important factor for mastering body and mind, not being attracted by form and sound. When the eye sees form, it clearly knows and notices that it is a thing, for example a flower. But only having a view, the mind does not distinguish between beautiful and ugly, does not express love and hate. Seeing like this, that view does not bring consequences and sorrow. Hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, thinking, and thinking are all mindful and aware, then the meditator will reach peace, free from suffering and yoke.

Happiness or suffering depends on the practice of mastering these six senses. Therefore, practicing and maintaining mindfulness and awareness in daily life is the way to liberation and happiness.

Note:

Great Tripitaka of Vietnam

(**) Vietnam Institute of Buddhist Studies

(Excerpt from “The Buddha’s Teachings in the Nikayas”

HT. Like Quang Tanh

Source: Religious Publishing House)

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