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08 12 2011 460 LESSON Sister Vijaya Sutta Lovely sights, sounds, smells, tastes, & tactile sensations I leave to you, Mara. I have no need for them. I’m disgusted, ashamed of this putrid body — disintegrating, dissolving. Sensual craving is rooted out. Beings who have come to form, & those with a share in the formless, & the peaceful attainments: their darkness is completely destroyed. Then Mara the Evil One — sad & dejected at realizing, “Vijaya the nun knows me” — vanished right there. FREE ONLINE eNālandā Research and Practice UNIVERSITY & BUDDHIST GOOD NEWS LETTER Through http://sarvajan.ambedkar.org
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08 12 2011 460 LESSON  Sister Vijaya Sutta Lovely
sights, sounds, smells, tastes, & tactile sensations I leave to you, Mara.
I have no need for them. I’m disgusted, ashamed of this putrid body —
disintegrating, dissolving. Sensual craving is rooted out. Beings who have come
to form, & those with a share in the formless, & the peaceful attainments:
their darkness is completely destroyed. Then Mara the Evil One — sad &
dejected at realizing, “Vijaya the nun knows me” — vanished right
there. FREE ONLINE eN
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 LESSON 460

Practice a Sutta a Day Keeps Dukkha Away



SN
5.4

PTS: S i 130

CDB i
224

Vijaya
Sutta: Sister Vijaya

translated
from the Pali by

Thanissaro
Bhikkhu

© 1998–2011

Alternate
translation:
Bodhi

At
Savatthi. Then, early in the morning, Vijaya the nun put on her robes and,
taking her bowl & outer robe, went into Savatthi for alms. When she had
gone for alms in Savatthi and had returned from her alms round, after her meal
she went to the Grove of the Blind to spend the day. Having gone deep into the
Grove of the Blind, she sat down at the foot of a tree for the day’s abiding.

Then
Mara the Evil One, wanting to arouse fear, horripilation, & terror in her,
wanting to make her fall away from concentration, approached her &
addressed her in verse:

You,
a beautiful young woman. I, a young man. Come, my lady, let’s enjoy ourselves
to the music of a five-piece band.

Then
the thought occurred to Vijaya the nun: “Now who has recited this verse —
a human being or a non-human one?” Then it occurred to her: “This is
Mara the Evil One, who has recited this verse wanting to arouse fear,
horripilation, & terror in me, wanting to make me fall away from
concentration.”

Then,
having understood that “This is Mara the Evil One,” she replied to
him in verses:

Lovely
sights, sounds, smells, tastes, & tactile sensations I leave to you, Mara.
I have no need for them. I’m disgusted, ashamed of this putrid body —
disintegrating, dissolving. Sensual craving is rooted out. Beings who have come
to form, & those with a share in the formless, & the peaceful
attainments: their darkness is completely destroyed.

Then
Mara the Evil One — sad & dejected at realizing, “Vijaya the nun knows
me” — vanished right there.

The Buddha’s Advice to Laypeople



Taming the mind

by lynnjkelly


The mind, hard to control,
Flighty -
alighting where it wishes -

One does
well to tame.

The
disciplined mind brings happiness.


The mind, hard to see,
Subtle -alighting where it wishes -
The sage protects.
The watched mind brings happiness.
Dhammapada v 35-36 translated by Gil Fronsdal


These two verses work together,
reminding us that the mind, “alighting where it wishes”, is hard to
control and hard to see. So true, eh? The mind cannot be controlled by force
any more than a hungry and tired two-year-old can be reasoned with. But within
these verses there are clues as to how to tame and protect the mind.


The mind is by nature flighty; it
is fast and fluid and moves from one sensation, sight, sound, thought, smell,
etc. to the other with a rapidity we can’t even track. So, I’m thinking: what
if we don’t try to control our minds by putting them into tiny boxes? What if
we give them really big cages? The outside boundary of the cage is where the
mind moves towards harming others and ourselves; everything else is allowed and
investigated. That is one possible training.


The second verse points out how
subtle and hard to see the workings of the mind are, and says that the mind
needs protection. We would be wise to accept this assessment; there are things
that we don’t know about our own minds. All we can do is turn our attention to
this bizarre phenomenon of mental activity and keep trying to understand it.
And while we are investigating, we can protect it by keeping ourselves away
from things we know are unwholesome as much as possible; I’m thinking slasher
movies, porn, obvious things like that. We could also include guilt trips and
other forms of obsessive thinking on the “to be avoided” list.


I have a clear memory of a day
several years ago, touring a public garden in Nova Scotia in August. The beauty
and serenity of it swallowed me whole. That day I told my husband and mother
that if I should lose my mind, please just put me into a garden and I would be
OK, needing nothing else. It’s a nonsensical thought, but the feeling is true.
I know that being in a garden in bloom, or by the ocean, or in the company of
good friends, is wholesome and restorative for me. You will have your own list
of “safe” places for your mind. I’m recommending visiting those
places, internal or external, and choosing them over the ones that might be
less safe and more disruptive.


“The watched mind brings
happiness.” I’ve found this to be true even if my mood is blue. If
mindfulness is present, then the object we’re aware of is not so important and
the process of awareness is intrinsically interesting and life-affirming
.


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