Monday, December 15

The Five Aggregates


About 90 minutes of sitting this morning -- metta, some lovely calm abiding, some piti and sukha. Toward the end, the mind inclined toward the perception of impermanence, with regard to the arising and passing away of sound at the hearing door, and the arise and passing away of hearing consciousness.

See DN 22, Maha-Satipatthana Sutta

The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness, Dhammas or Mental Qualities, section 2, the five aggregates.

[2] "Furthermore, the monk remains focused on mental qualities in & of themselves with reference to the five clinging-aggregates. And how does he remain focused on mental qualities in & of themselves with reference to the five clinging-aggregates? There is the case where a monk [discerns]: 'Such is form, such its origination, such its disappearance. Such is feeling... Such is perception... Such are fabrications... Such is consciousness, such its origination, such its disappearance.'

"In this way he remains focused internally on mental qualities in & of themselves, or externally on mental qualities in & of themselves, or both internally & externally on mental qualities in & of themselves. Or he remains focused on the phenomenon of origination with regard to mental qualities, on the phenomenon of passing away with regard to mental qualities, or on the phenomenon of origination & passing away with regard to mental qualities. Or his mindfulness that 'There are mental qualities' is maintained to the extent of knowledge & remembrance. And he remains independent, unsustained by (not clinging to) anything in the world. This is how a monk remains focused on mental qualities in & of themselves with reference to the five clinging-aggregates.



Thorns


I recall reading recently (I believe in Ven. ~Nanamoli's collection of Canonical and Commentarial texts related to anapanasati) that there was a list of "thorns." I often quote that noise is a thorn to jhana, but one I'd forgotten is this: it is said that, for one trying to guard the sense doors, the seeing of shows is a thorn. 'Nuff said.



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