Sunday, May 9

Thank You, Bahiya


This morning I again woke up at 6 and couldn't get back to sleep, roiling with emotional turmoil. But after a (seemingly long) time, the memory arose of the "six streams" experience of insight from 2 years ago, the Leigh Brasington retreat. And in that experience of insight, in which in the seeing there was just seeing, and in the hearing just hearing, etc., all the terrible emotional charge was drained off, and all the suffering dispersed and vanished. When in the seeing there is just what's seen, there's no "you" in that, and no "you" with that. This, just this, is the end of dukkha.

For reference, please see both translations of the Bahiya Sutta in the Udana.

"Then, Bahiya, you should train yourself thus: In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen. In reference to the heard, only the heard. In reference to the sensed, only the sensed. In reference to the cognized, only the cognized. That is how your should train yourself. When for you there will be only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the sensed in reference to the sensed, only the cognized in reference to the cognized, then, Bahiya, there is no you in terms of that. When there is no you in terms of that, there is no you there. When there is no you there, you are neither here nor yonder nor between the two. This, just this, is the end of stress."
--Udana I.10, translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu


Compare this with Ireland's translation:

"Herein, Bahiya, you should train yourself thus: 'In the seen will be merely what is seen; in the heard will be merely what is heard; in the sensed will be merely what is sensed; in the cognized will be merely what is cognized.' In this way you should train yourself, Bahiya. When, Bahiya, for you in the seen is merely what is seen... in the cognized is merely what is cognized, then, Bahiya, you will not be 'with that.' When, Bahiya, you are not 'with that,' then, Bahiya, you will not be 'in that.' When, Bahiya, you are not 'in that,' then, Bahiya, you will be neither here nor beyond nor in between the two. Just this is the end of suffering."
--Udana I.10, translated by John D. Ireland

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