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Chittamātra
Philosophical Tradition: Appearances are Mere Mind



AN 3.88

PTS: A i 235

Thai III.90

Sikkha Sutta: Trainings (1)

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

© 1998–2011

“There are these three
trainings
. Which three? The training in heightened virtue, the training in
heightened mind, the training in heightened discernment.

“And what is the training in heightened
virtue
? There is the case where a monk is virtuous. He dwells restrained in
accordance with the Patimokkha, consummate in his behavior & sphere of
activity. He trains himself, having undertaken the training rules, seeing
danger in the slightest fault. This is called the training in heightened
virtue.

“And what is the training in heightened mind? There is the
case where a monk — quite withdrawn from sensuality, withdrawn from unskillful
[mental] qualities — enters & remains in the first jhana: rapture &
pleasure born from withdrawal, accompanied by directed thought &
evaluation. With the stilling of directed thoughts & evaluations, he enters
& remains in the second jhana: rapture & pleasure born of composure,
unification of awareness free from directed thought & evaluation — internal
assurance. With the fading of rapture, he remains equanimous, mindful, &
alert, and senses pleasure with the body. He enters & remains in the third
jhana, of which the Noble Ones declare, ‘Equanimous & mindful, he has a
pleasant abiding.’ With the abandoning of pleasure & pain — as with the
earlier disappearance of elation & distress — he enters & remains in
the fourth jhana: purity of equanimity & mindfulness, neither pleasure nor
pain. This is called the training in heightened mind.

“And what is the training in heightened discernment? There
is the case where a monk discerns as it actually is that ‘This is stress…
This is the origination of stress… This is the cessation of stress… This is
the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress.’ This is called the
training in heightened discernment.

“These are the three trainings.”

AN 3.89

PTS: A i 235

Thai III.91

Sikkha Sutta: Trainings (2)

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

© 1998–2011

“There are these three trainings. Which three? The training in
heightened virtue, the training in heightened mind, the training in heightened
discernment.

“And what is the training in heightened virtue? There is the
case where a monk is virtuous. He dwells restrained in accordance with the
Patimokkha, consummate in his behavior & sphere of activity. He trains
himself, having undertaken the training rules, seeing danger in the slightest fault.
This is called the training in heightened virtue.

“And what is the training in heightened mind? There is the case
where a monk — quite withdrawn from sensuality, withdrawn from unskillful
[mental] qualities — enters & remains in the first jhana: rapture &
pleasure born from withdrawal, accompanied by directed thought &
evaluation. With the stilling of directed thoughts & evaluations, he enters
& remains in the second jhana: rapture & pleasure born of composure,
unification of awareness free from directed thought & evaluation — internal
assurance. With the fading of rapture, he remains equanimous, mindful, &
alert, and senses pleasure with the body. He enters & remains in the third
jhana, of which the Noble Ones declare, ‘Equanimous & mindful, he has a
pleasant abiding.’ With the abandoning of pleasure & pain — as with the
earlier disappearance of elation & distress — he enters & remains in
the fourth jhana: purity of equanimity & mindfulness, neither pleasure nor
pain. This is called the training in heightened mind.

“And what is the training in heightened discernment? There is
the case where a monk, through the ending of the mental fermentations, enters
& remains in the fermentation-free awareness-release &
discernment-release, having known & made them manifest for himself right in
the here & now. This is called the training in heightened discernment.

“These are the three trainings.”

Heightened virtue, heightened mind, heightened discernment:
persistent, firm, steadfast, absorbed in jhana, mindful, with guarded faculties
you should practice them — as in front, so behind; as behind, so in front; as
below, so above; as above, so below; as by day, so by night; as by night, so by
day; conquering all the directions with limitless concentration. This is called
the practice of training, as well as the pure way of life. [Following it,]
you’re called self-awakened in the world, enlightened, one who’s taken the path
to its end. With the cessation of sensory consciousness of one released in the
stopping of craving, the liberation of awareness of one released in the
stopping of craving, is like the unbinding of a flame.[1]

DOB 600 Analytical Meditation II

Delivery Mode: Residential

Course Description:

This course is continuation of Analytical Meditation I -
a systematic training in the

progressive stages of analytical vipashyanā, or insight
meditation. We will begin with the

yoga focusing on non-conceptual images, followed by
gradual guided instructions on the

yoga focusing on conceptual images which transform the
conceptual mind and apply

them in our personal practice. This course is taken with
each intermediate course and

included in the credit hours of those courses. It is
cross-listed with BUD 500 and BUD

680.

1.2.1 Intermediate
Curriculum: The Core

DOB 601 Chittamātra Philosophical Tradition:
Appearances are Mere Mind
- 2

credits

Delivery Mode: Residential & Online

Course Description:

This course is a systematic presentation of Chittamātra,
or Mind Only meditative view of

Mahāyāna Buddhism. We will engage in the philosophical
reformulation of experiences

arising from meditation practice – declaring reasonings
establishing objects as not

separate from mind, as well as the three natures theory
and the eight-fold collection of

consciousness.


Prerequisites: DOB 530


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